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26 02, 2021

LitCon 2021: A Remarkable Conference in a Remarkable Year with a Remarkable Community of Learners

February 26th, 2021|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Latest News, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on LitCon 2021: A Remarkable Conference in a Remarkable Year with a Remarkable Community of Learners

by Amy Smith LitCon2021 is in the books, but we are still riding a wave of excitement about our first virtual conference. Within hours of the opening general session, I began to receive texts and [...]

11 11, 2020

LitCon Vlog Contest Winner – Becky Fritz

November 11th, 2020|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Latest News, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on LitCon Vlog Contest Winner – Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz has won a free registration to LitCon 2021 – congratulations! How has professional development improved your practice and promoted equity, equality, and excellence for your students? by Becky Fritz     [...]

27 10, 2020

‘Roaming Around the Known’ with an Adult Learner

October 27th, 2020|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Latest News, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on ‘Roaming Around the Known’ with an Adult Learner

by Regie Routman   This past June I received an urgent phone request from an extended family member: Would I be willing to tutor him in reading and writing so he could improve as a [...]

25 09, 2020

It Only Takes One

September 25th, 2020|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Latest News, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on It Only Takes One

by Todd Nesloney   I often reflect back on my own personal reading journey when talking to other educators about how to inspire kids (and even adults) to read more.   I hated reading anything [...]

5 12, 2019

Responding to the Reading Wars: Everyone’s Job

December 5th, 2019|General, General Education, Latest News, Reflections and Commentary|Comments Off on Responding to the Reading Wars: Everyone’s Job

by Patricia L. Scharer, Ph.D. The Reading Wars have a long, long history. Over the past 100 years, adversaries have argued for and against numerous approaches: whole word, literature-based reading, look-say method, sight words, Initial [...]

6 02, 2019

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

February 6th, 2019|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Writing Workshop: Potential and Possibilities for Cultivating Purpose, Power, and Passion

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 [...]

22 01, 2019

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

January 22nd, 2019|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Who Owns the Learning? The Importance of Adopting a Facilitative Stance

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 [...]

8 01, 2019

Do It All and Do It Now

January 8th, 2019|Classroom Teaching, General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Do It All and Do It Now

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 [...]

6 12, 2018

Using Share Time to Inspire and Instruct Writers

December 6th, 2018|General, General Education, Latest News, Teaching|Comments Off on Using Share Time to Inspire and Instruct Writers

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 [...]

4 09, 2018

Teaching as a Team Sport

September 4th, 2018|General, General Education, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on Teaching as a Team Sport

by Susan Vincent This past summer, I watched the Tour de France bicycle race on TV, as I do every summer. I loved waking up every morning to the incredible scenic views of quaint French [...]