Category Archive: Talking

A Book That Will Inspire Better Talk and Listening– and a Giveaway

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Every now and then, a professional book comes along that has the potential to really change how I teach. You have a chance to win a copy of Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk by Shana Frazin and Katy Wischow, and I know you will love this book!

Three Keys to Writing Partnership Success

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There can be many moving parts in the writing workshop. Partnerships can be a driving force in the growth and goal setting of writers within your classroom. In my experience, there are three areas I work to strengthen within my writers to ensure partnerships foster this growth and development across the year.

Listening Bit by Bit

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Using video and visuals helped this young third-grader lead his class in a lesson on rehearsal and planning.

Intentional Talk with Writing Partners

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Elevate the experience of using talk within your workshop with some tools.

Unpacking the Power of Talk: Starting with What Matters Most

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Early on, as a writing teacher, I didn’t realize the power that talk plays in the writing workshop. Over the years, I have learned there are many benefits from intentionally making talk a priority.

Check-In Talk

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How do you support students with mid-workshop check-ins?

The Art of Listening

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Silence. It is the other side of talk. It is the back board of listening. When we are silent it opens up our mind to what is going on around us. It allows… Continue reading