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

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

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

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...
Five Simple Tips to Help You With Book Shopping

Five Simple Tips to Help You With Book Shopping

Before you start book shopping with your class, there are a few things you’ll need to do and set up in your classroom. If you haven’t set all of these up yet (not to worry), you can do them now.

4 Simple Routines To Set Your Class Up for the Best Year Ever

4 Simple Routines To Set Your Class Up for the Best Year Ever

It’s the first few weeks of school, and this is a time where you’re establishing routines and procedures to lay the groundwork and expectations for your class. This is hugely important because without these set — or even if they’re unclear, you’ll have to re-teach them or you’ll later feel frustrated when students are confused about your expectations. 

Yes, You Can Start Workshop On Day One!

Yes, You Can Start Workshop On Day One!

School is just beginning and you may already be excited to get your reading and writing workshop up and running. You’re planning all the things you’re ready to teach the kids: About the writing center How to access and use the classroom library How to come to and from...