Category Archive: classroom environment

A Game Plan for Writing Workshop Transitions

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Have you ever visited a colleague’s classroom or watched a video of a lesson and wondered, “How are those kids so perfect? How do they seem to know exactly what to do, the… Continue reading

Using Colleagues to Create Your Own Professional Development: PD Possibilities Series

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My husband is an eighth grade ELA teacher. We often find ourselves having conversations about our day. One night he was mentioning he had to step into a colleagues room for a few… Continue reading

Daring To Lift Student Learning- Choice in Writing Tools

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Teaching well demands we stay current and try new ideas. There isn’t any insurance policy that the newest strategy, book, program, or app will work for all or anyone, but we trust our education and experience, and we do what we know to be best for kids. Brené Brown in Daring Greatly says,

Risk aversion kills innovation~ Berné Brown Daring Greatly
So embrace the mess, the awkwardness, and all the uncertainties rattling in your mind and do what you trust to be best for the students in your classroom.

Creating Classroom Environments: Are You Ready for Technology?

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One question I am often asked about using technology is, “How do you get started?” The answer is actually a simple one – humbly.

Creating Classroom Environments: Places for Writers to Grow

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Every summer I dream of my classroom. When considering my third grade writers, what do they need to grow and how can I provide classroom spaces for that?

Creating Classroom Environments: Starting the Year with Empty Walls

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5 Ways to Resist the Urge to Cutify Your Classroom

Preview: Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the School year Blog Series

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Welcome to our first blog series of the school year! Join us as we think about ways to optimize classroom environments for the strongest start possible.

Writing Workshop Supply List: 10 Things to Scrounge for Over the Summer

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The summer is the perfect time to start stocking up on the things you really need. Whether you are hoping to get materials donated, or you teach in a community where families can provide a few things for your students, or you are planning to do some good old fashioned scrounging, this list can help you strategize a plan for materials.