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The Reading Zone.

Last weekend I was compelled to return to Nancie Atwell's book, The Reading Zone, in order to be inspired for this week's focus lessons.  As I was reviewing it, I ran across this quote: For students of every ablility and background, it's the simple miraculous act of reading a good book that turns them into… Continue reading The Reading Zone.

writing workshop

Take off the Top of Your Head!

After all of the writer's notebook work and the storyboard work and the oral storytelling, it sometimes seems as though students don't realize how they then need to craft their draft.  I've found that explicit teaching of this idea is important. Today I did just that with some third graders.  I showed them my storyboard… Continue reading Take off the Top of Your Head!