Category Archive: collaborative planning

Nurturing a Sense of Optimism Through Vertical Visits

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Although this time of year predictably proves to be extremely busy, creatively scheduling a little bit of time to visit at least some of your next-year’s writers can pay valuable dividends.

A Writing Workshop Learning Walk

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As much as I try to flatten the walls of my classroom using technology, the truth is there are still walls. It is me and 25 third graders, and most recently, a fabulous student teacher. Still, the walls are there and often I don’t get to see other teachers in action. Last month, I had the opportunity to remedy that problem for a day.

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

New Units of Study

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I purchased the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3 – 5 when they were published in 2006. In the early days, those books were like a Bible to me. I… Continue reading

How much collaboration is too much?

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There were a few times when I sat back at the end of a day of teaching and thought I don’t know if I’d want to be a student in my own classroom. … Continue reading

Planning Read Alouds that Support the Workshop Model

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lock·step noun, often attributive \ˈläk-ˌstep\ Definition of LOCKSTEP 1: a mode of marching in step by a body of persons going one after another as closely as possible 2: a standard method or… Continue reading