As the storytelling culture is developed in the classroom, children are likely to begin to see themselves as authors and to use their voices in braver ways to share their ideas and who they are with their peers.
My strategy for meeting the needs of advanced writers: personalization. Strategic, pre-planned opportunities, set like a vision trap to capture the imagination of each writer. Once caught, these writers can be reeled in to a level of complexity they had no idea they were ready (and willing) to try.
Our instructional minutes count more than ever this year. Read on to discover a new professional book that will help you maximize your teaching in reading and writing while helping your students grow in character and mindset. JoEllen McCarthy's new professional book, Layers of Learning, is a must read! Comment on the post for a chance to win your own copy.
Sarah Zerwin is workshop to her core, and she has found ways to ensure that her assessment practices are not sending conflicting messages to kids. Point-Less will challenge readers to reflect and inspire them to advocate for change.
In my experience, many young writers struggle to use a writer’s notebook as a tool. They’re excited to have a notebook but unclear about what to “do” in there. Shared writing can be a powerful way to teach writers how to generate ideas for writing and to get themselves started, based on the books we are reading and discussing as a community.
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.
Take a little tour with me as I share highlights from this new book by Katie Egan Cunningham.
Don't shy away from the formulaic "I am" poem! There are so many possibilities...
When I tested Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment (Scholastic), I was an immediate believer. Finally, here is a reading assessment that gives rich, clear information about upper grade readers, using an authentic reading task (It is the only reading assessment system to date in which readers read a whole book. This assessment system is directly correlated… Continue reading Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment
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?
"Writers," Ali said as she leaned in close to teach her second graders, "I've got an important tip for you about your realistic fiction characters. You've done such a great job describing what they are like on the outside. You've shown us what they look like, how they move, how they talk...even in some cases, how they smell,… Continue reading Reading & Writing Connections: Getting to Know a Character on the Outside and the Inside
Some weeks ago, when the school year was brand new, I wrote about setting up our Reading Journals for a year of writing about our reading. Now we are approaching the end of the first marking period, and the truth is that we are just beginning to be ready to write about our reading. I… Continue reading Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading