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A blog for Reading Recovery and early literacy professionals 

2108, 2019

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, Latest News, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|

by Jeffery Williams Every culture across time has developed a set of stories, tales, and myths that were designed to help explain the complexities of the world.  Such lore is handed down across generations to [...]

1508, 2019

Getting to Know Our Writers: Strategies for Any Classroom

By |August 15th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching|

By Lynne Dorfman & Diane Esolen Dougherty A successful writing workshop depends on many factors, including how well we get to know our students. Throughout the school year, but especially in the beginning of the [...]

2603, 2019

The Power of the Cross-Check: No Penalties in the Reading Process

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, Reading Recovery Teaching, Teaching|

by Jamie Lipp My oldest nephew is a Division One college lacrosse player (proud aunt). Recently, we traveled to a game to watch him play. In the middle of an intense play, one of his [...]

602, 2019

Writing Workshop: Potential and Possibilities for Cultivating Purpose, Power, and Passion

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|

by Wendy Sheets Writing Workshop is a context that has the potential to help students develop as writers within a literate community. As students learn to live as writers, building a repertoire of tools and [...]

2201, 2019

Who Owns the Learning? The Importance of Adopting a Facilitative Stance

By |January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|

by Maria Nichols Henry: No!! They gotta go the other way! Ella: To the waves! Teacher: Angel? You have that look … Angel: [nodding] Yeah - I’m trying to – like, why do they go [...]

801, 2019

Do It All and Do It Now

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|

by LeeAnn Lewellen As an instructional coach, I hear so many “buzzwords” when administrators and district personnel discuss teacher effectiveness after a brief classroom observation. Engagement, rigor, cultural responsiveness, high yield strategies, assessment… the list goes [...]

612, 2018

Using Share Time to Inspire and Instruct Writers

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: General, General Education, Latest News, Teaching|

by Leah Mermelstein Recently, I was speaking with a group of fourth-grade teachers who use The Teachers College Writing Units of Study. They had just taught a minilesson about using ‘boxes and bullets’ as a [...]