When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) demonstration, 2) coaching, 3) inquiry, and 4) telling/explaining. This four-method framework is useful for thinking about conferring.
It’s happened to ever teacher. We start out strong, with enthusiasm. We think: This unit is going to be GREAT! This is is exactly what my kids need! This unit is our favorite! But then, five weeks, six weeks, seven weeks (!!) later you and the kids are completely sick of the writing you’ve been doing–just like a favorite recipe that you’ve become burnt out on.
I’ll be honest, the best thing about the start of the new school year is the school supplies. There’s nothing like the combo-smell of new backpack, pencils, erasers, and paper. Ah. I think… Continue reading
Three things you can do, as a teacher leader or literacy coach to support administrators (yes, admin need support too!) at the start of the year.
Welcome to the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Write. Share. Give. Have fun.
Last week, my coauthors and I created a series of posts that we hope you’ll find helpful for getting your school year off to a great start. Whether you are new to writing… Continue reading
Welcome back to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. If you… Continue reading
Planning a unit of study is like planning for anything in life. You can’t predict exactly what will happen, but you can project what you think will mostly likely happen, based on what you know.
Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. The coauthors of… Continue reading
Four practical priorities for this summer.
If you’re in the final stretch–the last few days or weeks of school– here are a few ideas to keep kids writing right to the very end.
A few months ago I received an email from a curriculum director in a district where I sometimes do a bit of consulting: Did I have any data regarding my impact in schools?… Continue reading
We can send up our own little writing workshop time-capsules for kids to open in the fall.
You know that expression people use: “It’s like riding a bicycle?”
It’s supposed to mean that once you learn a skill set you’ll never forget it.
Turns out reading and writing are not like riding a bicycle.
Classrooms need to be places where students can take risks, solve problems, and learn to work through the hard parts. But sometimes anxiety and worry get in the way of learning.
Day 14 of today’s Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.
Day 17 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Welcome to Day 12 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!