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Keeping Kids Engaged With Distance Learning

Keeping Kids Engaged With Distance Learning

One of the most common questions we’ve received these past few months inside our Office Hour sessions is around engagement. How can we make sure we’re keeping kids engaged — especially now when they’re online and not in the classroom? This is such an important...
Distance Learning & Workshop: Keeping the Integrity

Distance Learning & Workshop: Keeping the Integrity

In a recent workshop with two of our favorite writing teachers: Carl Anderson and Matt Glover, they talked about how you could do a workshop both synchronously and asynchronously. One of the main things they suggested is, if possible — to do a synchronous workshop. ...
Consistency, Follow-Through, Flexibility, and Celebration

Consistency, Follow-Through, Flexibility, and Celebration

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. You’ve probably already faced several challenges since going back to school this fall. What we’re doing right now is hard and we have to give ourselves grace. Navigating through unknown territory can feel scary and difficult,...
A Lesson in Adjusting to Remote Learning

A Lesson in Adjusting to Remote Learning

The summer of 2020 has been extremely tough for most of my educator friends between COVID and not knowing how this school year would start. Maybe you’ve spent days worrying about the start of the school year, planning for a hybrid opening, and then had to completely...
It’s Time to Celebrate

It’s Time to Celebrate

Written by Vivian Chen, Staff Developer, Literacy Partners. Recently, my friends’ daughter graduated from college. I got a text inviting me to a surprise graduation car parade for her. I didn’t want to go. That would mean putting on real clothes, doing my hair and...
Read Alouds Are More Important With Distance Learning

Read Alouds Are More Important With Distance Learning

With distance learning, read alouds are more important for students than ever. Read alouds… Help bring the community together Foster a more profound sense of connection Support us in feeling seen Can give us more hope Inspire kids to become lifelong readers...
How Can We Help Parents & Caregivers During This Challenging Time

How Can We Help Parents & Caregivers During This Challenging Time

Several weeks into sheltering in place, we ran a study group for teachers around how we can help parents and caregivers during this challenging time. I was blown away by how many people attended! The principal, coaches, and teachers from many different grade levels...
3 Ways to Make Learning at Home More Joyful & Playful

3 Ways to Make Learning at Home More Joyful & Playful

When California schools closed down, I jumped into action and hopped on Facebook Live to talk to parents and teachers to provide some comfort and support. A series of different guests joined me too — find them all here on Facebook or on Instagram.  The last guest who...
Workshop Writing Process Stages — Upper Grades

Workshop Writing Process Stages — Upper Grades

After visiting hundreds of schools, I’ve noticed there’s often confusion around the stages of the writing process. The old school way of teaching writing had everyone doing this: BRAINSTORM → PRE-WRITE → DRAFT → PUBLISH I’ve seen many teachers with a store-bought...
Virtual Book Clubs for Kids — Getting Started

Virtual Book Clubs for Kids — Getting Started

As adults, we love our book clubs. Book clubs can be a powerful way to help us feel connected and to develop an even deeper love of reading. Book clubs are great for kids too! They can be especially helpful when students are on an extended break from school. As...
3 Simple Ways to Support Independent Reading at Home

3 Simple Ways to Support Independent Reading at Home

With extended time at home, parents and teachers all want to continue encouraging independent reading. Here are some ways to help young readers enjoy their independent reading time — and make it fun and highly productive. Set up the reading environment for success ...