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Tried and True Mentor Texts for Coaching

Tried and True Mentor Texts for Coaching

Teachers and coaches often ask us for a list of mentor texts to teach a particular strategy or genre unit of study. While we certainly have some favorites, we truly believe that when it

Slice of Life: Assessing the Process or the Product?

Slice of Life:  Assessing the Process or the Product?

Recently I was facilitating a kindergarten grade level team meeting.  This team is implementing the new Calkins Units of Study in Writing.  They have been implementing writer’s workshop for some years, but this particular

It’s Monday! Here’s What We Are Reading!

    BOOKS WE LOVED THIS WEEK White Fur Flying, Patricia MacLachlan In only 112 pages, Patricia MacLachlan creates another passionate story.  We immediately fell in love with Zoe’s entire family as they rescued dogs and helped a

The Daily 5 2nd Edition –Yes–It IS Even Better!

Over the past few years, Gail and Joan’s presentations, videos, books and Tips of the Week have influenced our thinking.   We love the way they infuse current research and practical teaching ideas into everything

Using Our Students’ Persectives to Triangulate Assessment

We are so inspired by the energy and passion that was demonstrated during the NCTE twitter chat on formative assessment that was hosted by Franki Sibberson (@frankisibberson) and Antero Garcia (@anterobot) on Sunday evening. 

10 for 10 Nonfiction Picture Books

Thanks Mandy Robek and Cathy Mere for hosting another 10 for 10 nonfiction picture book event.  This challenge is perfect for us because one of our goals this year is to read more nonfiction. Here

The Secret of Education — Could It Be Assessment?

We had the privilege of hearing Maryanne Doyle speak at the Reading Recovery National Conference on Sunday.  She shared two quotes that we cannot stop thinking about: “Creating life long readers does not come from

Slice of Life – Matching Books to Readers — Readers Matter!

Teaching children to read and providing them with something worthwhile to read is not a job for the faint of heart in this world.  But I’ll keep at it, and I won’t be alone. 

It’s Monday! What Are We Reading?

  Knock Knock – My Dad’s Dream for Me, By Daniel Beaty Bring a box of tissues with you when you read this book.  It is a very sad and touching story about a father and

Celebrating the Moments We Used to Overlook

We walked into the post office this week and we saw this:  Now it came out in 2011, but we never noticed it before.  We think we noticed it this week because now we are