June 6, 2011
As June rolls in, it's a great time to reflect upon your years work in the area of reading and writing. When reflecting, we often think about what we want to improve upon in our literacy work, but it's just as important to think about what went well with the hopes of making it
May 7, 2011
Many of the schools I work with are trying to create units of study in both Writing and Reading Workshop that align with the Common Core Standards. In this blog I want to showcase the wonderful work of the first grade teachers at PS 230 in New York City. They have used this year to (more…)
April 27, 2011
Chances are if youíre reading this blog, Writing Workshop happens in your classroom or in your school. You probably know and follow the structure of Writing Workshop (mini-lesson, work time, share) and strive to ensure that your teaching during Writing Workshop is focused and clear each day. You probably teach different qualities of (more…)
April 3, 2011
March has been a crazy but wonderful month of learning with teachers, principals, coaches and most importantly kids. Many of the teachers I work with have recently been conducting non-fiction units of study in writing workshop. This has given me the opportunity to reflect upon some of the essential elements needed in order to (more…)
March 30, 2011
From now on I will be blogging at http://bestwritingconsultant.com/. I hope to see you there.
Until then... Happy Teaching!
March 10, 2011
March is a crazy and wonderful work month, which leaves little time to blog so I'll be short and sweet today. :)
I just spent an entire day with a wonderful group of dedicated K-3 teachers just talking and reflecting. I say 'just' as if it was no big deal but I have a hunch (more…)
What can you do to ensure that your students work independently during Writing Workshop? The Story of one 4th grade classroom
February 24, 2011
In my travels many teachers have asked me how to get all kids to be able to work independently during Writing Workshop. Because a story can teach so much Iím going to share the story of one 4th grade classroom I recently visited where this type of independence was occurring. The day I (more…)
February 11, 2011
In my job as an educational consultant I feel privileged to spend a good portion of my time working directly with kids in the classroom. Much of what I learn comes from these experiences. During workshops and summer institutes, I share not only classroom stories, but also how these stories inform and revitalize my (more…)
January 27, 2011
Teaching is so different now than it was when I was teaching in the classroom (I feel like I am 145 after saying a comment like that.) When I taught, there were no district curriculum calendars, no scripted lessons, no unit plans laid out for me. Rather, I had to watch my kids and carefully (more…)
January 17, 2011
I work with amazing teachers who not only do incredible things with their students, but also reflect upon what is not working in their classrooms. Recently teachers have been asking a lot of questions about reading partnerships and their questions have brought about even more learning for their kids.
Here are a few of (more…)