cultural relevance · early childhood · Read Aloud · reading-writing connections · storytelling · writer identity

Fostering Authorship, Identity, and Agency in the Early Childhood Classroom Through Storytelling

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.

advanced writers · conferring · differentiation · Meet Writers Where They Are Blog Series · mentor texts · personalization · reading-writing connections

Imagination Bait: Meet (and Hook) Advanced Writers Where They Are

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.

literacy · professional books · Read Aloud · reading workshop · reading-writing connections · writing workshop

Layers of Learning: A Review and Giveaway

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.

assessment · authentic assessment · data · feedback · formative assessment · giveaway · goals · growth mindset · high school · middle school · monitoring student learning · peer conferring · personalization · reading-writing connections · record keeping · reflective practice · Sarah M. Zerwin · self-assessment · standards · student engagement · Student ownership · writing workshop

Point-Less by Sarah M. Zerwin: A Review and Giveaway

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.

community · notebooks · reading-writing connections · Seen, Valued, Heard: Writing to Establish Community Blog Series · shared writing · writer's notebook · writing about reading · writing workshop

Seen, Valued, Heard: Leveraging Shared Writing to Build Community

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.

Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer Blog Series · reading-writing connections · summer vacation · writing workshop

Summer Reading & Writing Connections: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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.

informational writing · Jennifer Serravallo · nonfiction writing · reading · reading-writing connections

Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment 

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 

blogging · bulletin boards · classroom environment · Creating Classroom Environments Blog Series · hopes and dreams · inspiration · mentor author · reading-writing connections · words of wisdom · writing workshop

Creating Classroom Environments: Places for Writers to Grow

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?

reading workshop · reading-writing connections · writing workshop

Reading & Writing Connections: Getting to Know a Character on the Outside and the Inside

"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

Kylene Beers · reading journals · reading-writing connections · writing about reading

Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading

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