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21 08, 2019

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

August 21st, 2019|Classroom Teaching, Latest News, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|Comments Off on The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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 [...]

15 08, 2019

Getting to Know Our Writers: Strategies for Any Classroom

August 15th, 2019|Classroom Teaching|Comments Off on Getting to Know Our Writers: Strategies for Any Classroom

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 [...]

10 04, 2019

How Do I Navigate the Roundabout in Reading Recovery?

April 10th, 2019|Reading Recovery Teaching|Comments Off on How Do I Navigate the Roundabout in Reading Recovery?

by Kim Reynolds You know that feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when things are uncomfortable or unpredictable? It is not a feeling that I get very often, but it happens [...]

26 03, 2019

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

March 26th, 2019|Classroom Teaching, Reading Recovery Teaching, Teaching|Comments Off on The Power of the Cross-Check: No Penalties in the Reading Process

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 [...]

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 [...]