“It’s a practice,” is a common refrain from the instructor in my yoga class. That being said, if my mat is anywhere close to a certain yoga rockstar, I admit … Continue Reading This is the Year I’m Going to Create and Use Strategic Writing
Ever wish you could have all the best strategies from your favorite writing teachers in one place? Atwell, Fletcher, Ray, Calkins, Heard and more are among the many hat tips in Jen Serravallo’s newest publication, THE WRITING STRATEGIES BOOK. Come take a look at how Jen expertly weaves her own expertise and ideas along with tried and true favorites from the best of the best.
A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.
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!
A guide to crafting your own teaching points for 1:1 conferences, strategy lessons, minilessons, mid-workshop interruptions, and share sessions.
Lucy Calkins, author of many books on teaching writing, often says that conferring is the heart of writing workshop. I once heard her say to a group of graduate students … Continue Reading Tailoring Our Teaching: No Need to Wing It If You’ve Got Great Conferring Notes
When I first began teaching using a workshop model, I spent forever planning my minilessons. I wanted to make sure that my language was exactly right, and that I got … Continue Reading New Blog Series: Tailoring our Teaching / Assessment-based Strategy Groups for Expository Writing
One of the best closing sessions I attended at the Writing Institute was given by Amanda Hartman. “Scaffolds and Supports We Can Put in Place to Support Our ELLs (K-2)” … Continue Reading Supporting ELL Students in Writing Workshop
I recently tweaked some of the record-keeping forms I disseminate when I consult with teachers about conferring. Some of the forms now have space to record the mentor text a … Continue Reading Record-Keeping Forms
My kids were getting ready to publish their personal essays yesterday. However, I knew they were all in different places. Therefore, I allowed them to sign-up for strategy lessons today … Continue Reading Sign-Up to Confer With Me!