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It’s Monday! We’re Reading The Second Edition of Still Learning to Read

When the first edition of Still Learning to Read was published thirteen years ago, it quickly became one of our “go-to” texts.  When we wanted to understand how to teach a reader to think deeply, we grabbed

Mentor Teaching Move: Baskets of Student Published Books #T4TMoments

Mentor Teaching Move:  Baskets of Student Published Books  #T4TMoments

Teachers are so resourceful!!  Recently we met some kindergarten teachers who wanted to start reader’s workshop with their students.  They did not have many emergent reader texts and wanted the students to have access

Slice of Life: Sit Down, Suck it Up and Write

Slice of Life:  Sit Down, Suck it Up and Write

“Some days it feels like my brain is just saying, sit down, suck it up and write.  Do you ever feel that way as a writer?” From the mouths of babes…. There is no curriculum, anchor

It’s Monday! We Are Reading a New Professional Book About Conferring With Young Writers

As Jennifer McDonough and Kristin Ackerman watched the writers in their first and third-grade classrooms, they had questions: “Are there specific foundational strategies I should be teaching?  What are they?” (1) “If I don’t feel like

Mentor Teaching Moves – –Scaffolding for Independence #T4TMoments

Mentor Teaching Moves – –Scaffolding for Independence  #T4TMoments

We all have writers in our classes who have difficulty putting pen to paper.  These students are easy to spot in a classroom because they are the ones staring at the blank page, sitting

Slice of Life: Using QR Codes to Find Big Ideas and Spark Conversation

Slice of Life: Using QR Codes to Find Big Ideas and Spark Conversation

Recording voice notes to capture our thoughts about our reading has helped us think about using different modalities to help students respond, change, or grow their thinking about the books they are reading.  In

It’s Monday! Timely New Book for the Election Season

This week we are excited to share Mara Rockliff’s newest book, Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten and 10,000 miles.  With the election season upon us, this timely book tells the story

Mentor Teaching Moves: Keeping Your Audience in Mind #T4TMoments

In our work in schools, we see mentor teaching moves each and every day, but we don’t expect to see them while on vacation.  This Labor Day, Tammy came across this mentor teaching move

Slice of Life: Thinking about New Ways to Respond to Our Reading

As we work in classrooms, we struggle alongside teachers to make reading notebooks a purposeful tool rather than a “must do” for students.  We want students to know that their ideas are important and that

It’s Monday! The Power of a Teacher

Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson is a beautiful book and it inspired us to make a Pinterest Board titled, The Power of a Teacher.  This book belongs in a category with Wonder, Thank you