5 Simple Ways to Get Kids Ready for Test-Taking

5 Simple Ways to Get Kids Ready for Test-Taking

Testing season is a busy time for all educators. Teachers are making sure the kids are ready, and Principals and leaders are making sure teachers are prepared. Testing time can go smoothly. Here are our top tips for getting kids ready. Make sure kids read the...
How To Get Started With The Progress Share

How To Get Started With The Progress Share

One of the central tenents of writing workshop is the belief that all students will make progress when you teach them how to write. As workshop teachers, we understand the importance of valuing their progress over their product. This is why I’m both delighted and...
How To Get Started With The Progress Share

The Process Share — How To Get Started

An important book we revisit often is, Don’t Forget to Share. Inside the book, the author, Leah Mermelstein, covers four types of shares — the content share, craft share, progress share, and the process share. In this blog post, we’re going to explore the process...
How To Get Started With The Progress Share

The Craft Share — What It Is and How to Do It

Inside the book, Don’t Forget to Share! we learn about the four types of teaching shares — the content share, the craft share, the process share, and the progress share. In this article, we’re going to focus on the craft share. The Craft Share — What It Is A craft...
What’s On Your Bulletin Boards?

What’s On Your Bulletin Boards?

It’s about that time of year. How many times have you walked past your bulletin boards and made a mental note to add something later? Many teachers kick off the school year with blank bulletin boards and have been contemplating what to put up there ever since the bell...
How To Get Started With The Progress Share

The Content Share — Everything You Need to Know

The book, Don’t Forget to Share! covers four types of teaching shares — the content share, the craft share, the process share, and the progress share. In this article, we’re going to focus on the content share. The Content Share — What It Is A content share is a share...
How To Get Started With The Progress Share

The Often Overlooked But Important Teaching Share

When talking with schools and staff developers, we discuss the parts of the reading or writing and its importance. And there’s always one part we dig deep into — the Teaching Share! The teaching share is the very last part of the workshop. It’s the time when you...
All Educators Can Be Great Coaches

All Educators Can Be Great Coaches

Lately, I’ve been paying very close attention to the way I learn. Anytime I’m in an environment where I’m learning something from a teacher or coach, I study them. I pay close attention to their methods and techniques.

Leadership in 2020: 4 Tips to Becoming a True Leader

Leadership in 2020: 4 Tips to Becoming a True Leader

You can become the leader who inspires incredible work and helps your school create literacy reform. You can help teachers transform their practices. I’ve seen it happen, so I know what’s possible. I’ve witnessed teachers who desperately wanted their school to become a “workshop school” so they figured out ways to get funding for professional development, open their classrooms to others to learn, read together, or visit each other’s classrooms. It’s not always the principal or the superintendent who starts the fire.

Summer Reading Loss Is A Real Thing

Summer Reading Loss Is A Real Thing

You know that summer reading loss is a real thing. The research is clear that kids can go down by two reading levels and sometimes, even more, when they don’t read during the summer months. Of course, none of us want this so here’s what you can do to help put more...
Creating a Community of Readers and Writers Through Immersion

Creating a Community of Readers and Writers Through Immersion

In my last message, you learned all about why and how to start with workshops on day one. If you missed it, you can find it here. In that message, we discussed how to set up this year’s class with the expectation that you’re a community of readers and writers. And to...
Have You Celebrated Yet?!?

Have You Celebrated Yet?!?

It’s the beginning of October so by now I imagine you have been in school for at least one month, if not longer… the first month of school you taught your kids how to live the life of a writer and how to build strong reading habits, which is great! Hopefully you have...