Category Archive: responsive classroom

Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

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Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.

Helping Parents See Progress Through the Process

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As learners ourselves, we know students need a supportive culture where taking risks, asking questions, and understanding the value of the process is omnipresent.

3 Steps to Building A Learning Community: Vision. Intention. Purpose.

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The young writers sitting in our classroom will rise above the fears and struggles of being a writer, but it will take intentional planning, repetitive teaching, daily writing, and reteaching. Writing is hard work. Students don’t become writers because we have writing workshop. Writers become writers because teachers have clear intentions and a vision of what’s possible.

Finding Our Teacher of Writers Superpowers

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What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?

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.

Five on Friday

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Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.

The Power of Language

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Clear, specific feedback helps children view themselves in a positive light in the learning environment and in life.

Interactive Modeling, an Author Q&A, and Giveaways

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Interactive Modeling: A Powerful Technique for Teaching Children teaches us how to use interactive modeling to teach a variety of classroom routines, behaviors, and skills in an engaging way that shows students what to do while providing them with a safe space to practice.

Writing Workshop Expectations

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The first six weeks of school is about providing structure for students.  Teachers who are too lenient never seem to gain control of their class while teachers who are too rigid risk the… Continue reading

Morning Meeting Ideas + a Giveaway

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Several years ago, I took a graduate course entitled “Literature for Older Children” with Kathy Brody, who was a former classroom teacher.  Brody, who was trained in the Responsive Classroom approach, wanted to… Continue reading

A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway

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I’ve learned the importance of communicating clearly with students through the Responsive Classroom training I’ve had and books I’ve read about teacher-talk.  One book that resonated with me several years ago was Choice… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Assessment + Writing = Closure

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For the nearly 20 years, Lisa Dewey Wells has taught early childhood (three-year-olds through third grade) at independent schools in Massachusetts, New York and Maryland, including the past 12 years at St. Anne’s… Continue reading

An Inspirational Professional Text + A Giveaway

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When I was a classroom teacher I had my fair share of challenging students.  Through the years I taught had quite a few students with social-emotional issues, learning disabilities, and discipline problems.  I’ve… Continue reading

Don’t Fall Apart Now!

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This-coming weeks marks the time of the year that I recall a few of my former students falling apart.  Why?  Thanksgiving, which marks the beginning of the holiday season, falls out in the… Continue reading

Praising Kids. Talking to Kids. Questioning Kids.

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I’ve been doing Pilates since August 2008.  I started it in order to get stronger after some surgery I had in 2007.  I’ve been doing it three times a week for the past… Continue reading

A Mentor Text that Deals with Social Issues

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We’ve all had that kid in our class.  You know who I mean.  It’s the kid who sticks out like a sore thumb because of his weight, because of his hair, or because… Continue reading

Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom

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Each week I receive, The Big Fresh, an e-newsletter from Choice Literacy.  This week’s feature is entitled “There’s Room for Me Here.” As I began reading through the article, it resonated with the… Continue reading

It’s Hard to Believe the School Year Is Winding-Down!

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I made my final News & Announcements Charts of the school year this morning.  It’s hard to believe that I won’t be making these next year (since I’ll be consulting).  I calculated how… Continue reading

End of Year Letters BACK TO My Students

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My Hope and Dream Letter Originally uploaded by teachergal I can hardly believe there’s only five school days left even though I’ve been going through my students’ end of the year reflection letters,… Continue reading

End of Year Classroom Rituals

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I’ve noticed that a post I wrote last June, about letters I have my students write to me at the end of each school year, has been getting a lot of clicks lately.… Continue reading