collaboration · end of year reflection · Reflective Practice

Writing Teachers: It’s Time to Pass the Baton!

By taking a few simple steps and asking some easy questions, you can pass your knowledge about your current students on to the next teacher and prepare for a new group of incoming writers.

collaboration · collaborative planning · Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series

Teacher Teams: Stronger Together Blog Series

Peer observation is just one of the many ways teacher teams can work together to enhance student experiences. Everyone--even the host--walks away a better teacher.

coaching · collaboration · literacy coaches · Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series

Coaching à la Carte: Stronger Together Blog Series

In this post I’ve curated some quick coaching possibilities: coaching à la carte, if you will. Each offering on this menu has the potential to have an immediate impact on student learning in the workshop with a minimal time commitment from teachers. It might not be the gold standard, four-course meal of a coaching cycle, but each option is designed to nourish and energize teacher(s), students, and coaches with a quick burst of collaboration.

agency · collaboration · small group · student engagement · Student ownership

Increase the Number of Teachers in the Room with Student-Led Small Groups

An extra teacher is always a gift, especially when working with young authors. But what if we looked for teachers within those tiny writers?

collaboration · formative assessment · small group

Mastering the Art of Thin-Slicing

Relying on Malcom Gladwell's work in Blink, Thin-Slicing allows you to look at student work quickly to identify trends and create groups, targeting specific skills to push each writer forward.

coaching · collaboration · COVID-19 · feedback · literacy coaches · remote learning

Building Each Other Up, Cheering Each Other On

THIS is what teachers need right now. This is my work as a coach, and this is what we can all do for each other in this challenging time.

collaboration · COVID-19 · independence · materials · routines

Rethinking Materials, Routines, and Collaboration: What Does Independence and Interdependence Look Like From Home?

Our teaching worlds have been turned upside down. For many of us, every system and structure we’ve had in place for planning, teaching and learning has changed over the past few days. As you find our groove in the new reality, here are some practical suggestions that will help bring the many comforts of your classroom home.

apps · collaboration · independent writing · outdoors · summer vacation · writing workshop

Four Writing Workshop Ideas for the Final Stretch

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.