Category Archive: professional books

Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 — Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for ways to make word study more inspiring, meaningful, practical and transferrable? Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 by Pamela Koutrakos is the resource you need to read! Check out my review of the book today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

A Peek Into Our Process

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We are both living the dream – kids, community commitments, a day-job we love, great friends – the list goes on. Although we wouldn’t change a thing, writing can take a toll and… Continue reading

Learn How to Entice the Hard-to-Reach Writers in Your Classroom

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I found myself annotating Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers as I read in an effort to hold on to all of Ruth’s wisdom about reaching students who are hiding – physically or emotionally – in our classrooms. As a result, I asked Ruth to answer a bunch of my burning questions about her book, which you need to put on your summer reading list!

Best Friend Professional Books

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Today’s guest post is by Kathy Christy, a third grade teacher and professional development coach. She shares her “best friend professional book” of 2017 with us!

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: Review and Giveaway

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Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode To Transform Student Writing, written by Patty McGee, is a must-read for educators who know we can do far better for students when it comes to talking with them about their writing.

When Writers Drive The Workshop: Review and Giveaway

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When Writers Drive the Workshop is a book with heart. Brian Kissel writes with passion, voice, humility, conviction, and wisdom. The stories he shares from the student writers he worked with are stories that will stay with you, reminding you why doing this work matters so much. Read the rest of the book review and leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of When Writers Drive the Workshop! (You will want to win!)

Close Writing: Review and Giveaway

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“Mrs. Sokolowski, I’m done!” It’s a refrain I’ve heard often from students, who tell me they are completely finished with a piece of writing. More times than not, as I read the student’s… Continue reading

Make Writing: A Book Review

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Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space is a “MUST READ” for writing teachers. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages), inspiring, practical, and very current, as “maker spaces” are a hot topic in education today. These strategies can be used with all age levels, bring fresh energy to writing workshop, and allow for more students to find their voices as writers.

The Big Book of Details: A Review & Giveaway

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Are you always telling your students to add detail? This book is for you. Enter to win a copy!

Four Books for Your Summer Reading List

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These four titles are inspirational and useful resources for teachers. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of them.

Talking About Unlikely Mentors with Lisa Eickholdt

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Using students’ writing as mentor texts builds kids’ self-esteem and lifts the level of writing of every other student in the room.

The Reading Strategies Book

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Have plans mid-June? Cancel them and prepare to run to your nearest bookstore. The Reading Strategies Book by Jen Serravallo is a must and is intended for grades K-8!

Revision Decisions Blog Tour: A Q&A with Anderson and Dean

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Revision needs to have a sense that a window of possibility is still open to allow another draft in.

Five on Friday + Book Giveaways

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Want to obtain some high quality professional development at no cost to you? Need some books to sink your teeth into this summer? Feel like kicking back and just enjoying some time off? If you answered “yes,” to one of these questions, then read on!

Sharing Some Exciting News

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I’m proud to announce my second professional book with Stenhouse Publishers will be coming to you in the winter of 2016.

A Dozen Book Recommendations for New Writing Teachers

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With so many fantastic books about the teaching of writing out there, how do teachers who are new to writing workshop know what to read first? Here are 12 books I think all teachers of writing should read.

Keep Learning

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Today I read a few pages from Peter Johnston’s book, Choice Words. You know this book, right? If not, it is a small, powerful read that can change your teaching life forever. (If… Continue reading

Common Core — Appendices

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Many of us are digging into Common Core Standards. We are spending time reading the standards, figuring out what they mean, and noticing how they grow from grade to grade. Indiana (my state)… Continue reading

Choice Literacy: Coaching the Common Core {Part 2 of 3}

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The second portion of the Choice Literacy workshop, Coaching the Common Core was led by Heather Rader. Heather is the author of Side By Side: Short Takes on Best Practice for Teachers and… Continue reading

New Thinking About Mentor Texts + a Giveaway

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I was recently offered a position as an adjunct professor starting in 2012.  I will be teaching a graduate course about using children’s literature to teach writing.  As I prepare to teach this… Continue reading