How to Support New Teachers on Your Team: Strengthening Professional Learning

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Although the numbers and reasons vary depending on the year and on the study, there’s no doubt that first-year teachers face challenges, and sometimes don’t make it past the first few years of their careers. One of the ways we can increase the likelihood of positive experiences and retention rates is by knowing how to support them.

Leading a Professional Book Club: Strengthening Professional Learning

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If the desire to strengthen your professional learning burns strong inside you (and perhaps in some of your colleagues, as well), consider organizing and facilitating a book club! In this post, I offer a simple-to-follow road map on how to make this fun and beneficial experience a reality for you and some of your colleagues.

Strategies for Reading a Professional Text: Strengthening Professional Learning Blog Series

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If you’re like me, your to-be-read pile feels big and impossible! Let me share with you how I tackle my professional learning before, during, and after I’ve read a professional text.

Tips for Getting the Most out of a Literacy Conference: Strengthening Professional Learning

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Professional conferences are an excellent way to increase your knowledge and can fuel your enthusiasm for teaching. If you’re new to attending conferences — or just want some tips to help you maximize your enjoyment as a conference-goer — then this post is for you!

Using Video to Push Yourself to Become an Even Better Teacher: Strengthening Professional Learning Blog Series

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I didn’t have a video camera or a tripod. I didn’t have any microphones. I didn’t have another adult in the room to hold the camera. I didn’t have time or resources to get any of these things pulled together. How was this going to work?

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday! Come write, share, give…

Digitally Organizing Your Resources: Strengthening Professional Learning

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It’s hard to fathom how many sites, blog posts, articles, songs, images, videos, and more are available to teachers at any given moment. There are so many brilliant and generous educators creating and sharing their expertise, lessons, and ideas. The challenge is how to keep it all organized and accessible! In this post, I will share some ways I digitally organize my resources.

Overview: Strengthening Professional Learning Blog Series

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Teachers cannot stop learning and growing. We cannot rely on the way it’s always been done or stay stuck in the methods we learned years ago in teacher preparation classes. We need to embrace opportunities to strengthen our professional learning. This week, our blog series aims to do just that! We hope you will share your best ideas and tips with us. Commenting on our posts in this series will put you in the running to win a copy of Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model That Works by Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman!

Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 5

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It’s week five of the Classroom SOLSC! If you aren’t participating with your students but would like to support our student bloggers with comments, we welcome your support! Students are working so hard this month and comments are very motivating. Just click on the Padlet and select a class to read and respond to! This week we are talking about keeping the enthusiasm going in our second week of the challenge.

Three Ways to Introduce Personal Editing Checklists in Writing Workshop

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Here are three different ways you might introduce individual editing checklists to your students.

Curating an Array of Mentor Texts

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If we’re committed to differentiating instruction, then it’s important to use a variety of mentor texts to meet students’ needs.

SOL Tuesday

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Let’s get together, Slicers! Come write, share, give…

Continuing Along the Narrative Pathway: Part 2

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Almost every student could use these charts to identify what they were working on, how they were working on it, and whether or not they needed instruction of some sort of help. 

Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 4

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It’s Week 3 of the Classroom SOLSC! If you aren’t participating with your students but would like to support our student bloggers with comments, we welcome your support! Students are working so hard this month and comments are very motivating. Just click on the Padlet and select a class to read and respond to! This week we are talking about keeping the enthusiasm going in our second week of the challenge.

Signs of Growth, Transitions, & Mixed Feelings

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Fred Rogers says, “Transitions are almost always signs of growth.”

Trust the Kids

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Finding ways to trust kids, it might be said, creates more space for learning. In this post, I offer a few ways trust can be manifested in a writing workshop…

The Big Book of Poems

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Big, blank spaces means big possibilities for a poetry unit!

SOL Tuesday

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It’s April! Back to our regularly scheduled Slice of Life Tuesday. With only a one day break, let’s get back together, Slicers! Come write, share, give…

Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 — Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for ways to make word study more inspiring, meaningful, practical and transferrable? Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 by Pamela Koutrakos is the resource you need to read! Check out my review of the book today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 3

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It’s Week 3 of the Classroom SOLSC! If you aren’t participating with your students but would like to support our student bloggers with comments, we welcome your support! Students are working so hard this month and comments are very motivating. Just click on the Padlet and select a class to read and respond to! This week we are talking about keeping the enthusiasm going in our second week of the challenge.