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All Teachers Need a Reading Toolkit — Here’s How To Build Yours

All Teachers Need a Reading Toolkit — Here’s How To Build Yours

When I moved into my current apartment, I left behind an ex-wife who was very handy and had every tool you could imagine. She could pretty much repair every household thing. This also meant that I didn’t need to focus on my fixing skills because I had someone else to...
3 Simple Ways To Clean Classroom Clutter

3 Simple Ways To Clean Classroom Clutter

It’s spring already, and you may be thinking ahead to your summer vacation. It’s coming soon, and I know we’re all excited here at LP headquarters. Meanwhile, you may be looking around your classroom, thinking it’s time to do some spring cleaning. I love a good...
Simple Ways To Build Partnerships Into Your Reading Workshop

Simple Ways To Build Partnerships Into Your Reading Workshop

When I was teaching in the classroom, I prioritized time for kids to share with partners during the reading workshop. This is important for a few reasons — building stamina helping kids read and speak longer during reading workshop. It helps kids build a relationship...
Supporting Partnerships in Writing Workshop

Supporting Partnerships in Writing Workshop

It’s time for another teacher confession. When I first started teaching, I paired up my students to do peer editing before publishing their writing. It seemed like a great idea, and it is. Just not the way I did it. After pairing kids with their table partners, a...
Mid Workshop Interruptions To Build Stronger Readers and Writers

Mid Workshop Interruptions To Build Stronger Readers and Writers

I’ve taken up running again — and I have to be honest, I don’t love it. Every time I have to do it, I groan to myself and try to think of all the reasons I don’t want to do it. And here’s the crazy thing — when I do it, I feel a rush (maybe you’ve heard of “runner’s...
Using Shared Writing in Upper Grades

Using Shared Writing in Upper Grades

Recently, I finally gave in to peer pressure and bought an air fryer. So 2020, I know, but I couldn’t imagine adding another kitchen appliance to my roster back then. After months of feeling uninspired to cook anything and numerous friends raving to me about their air...
Going Beyond the Morning Message With Interactive Writing

Going Beyond the Morning Message With Interactive Writing

As I share articles here on various topics, one thing remains top of mind about the life of an educator that we don’t talk about often enough. It’s about showing up. As an educator, showing up each day for your kids is a daily commitment. This looks different for...
How To Make Goal-Setting Work for Your Readers and Writers

How To Make Goal-Setting Work for Your Readers and Writers

The beginning of the calendar year or the new semester is the perfect time to think about goal-setting. No, not those new year’s resolutions that we all make (or vow not to make) and then forget about by February. Instead, I’m talking about supporting students with...
Informational Writing Units: Teach Kids To Write What They Know

Informational Writing Units: Teach Kids To Write What They Know

In our work with clients, we’ve been investigating ways to further support teachers with informational writing units. We see some common issues repeatedly as we visit and talk with teachers who are diving into nonfiction writing. Kids thrive when they write about what...
School Thanksgiving Traditions It’s Time To Break

School Thanksgiving Traditions It’s Time To Break

In 2020, when we couldn’t safely gather with our extended family members, my husband, stepsons, and I enjoyed a small celebration. With no one to tell us otherwise, we decided to break with tradition and have a crab boil instead of the usual turkey and mashed potatoes...
Halloween Writing Projects: The Spooky Truth

Halloween Writing Projects: The Spooky Truth

Halloween is almost here, so let me say something that might sound scary. It might be time to drop the Halloween writing project. (Cue dramatic, horror-film music.) I know, I know. Your students love writing spooky stories. They want to write about witches, goblins,...
4 Tips for Gathering Small Groups in Reading

4 Tips for Gathering Small Groups in Reading

When I remember back to my experiences in elementary and middle school with small group work in reading, what sticks out in my mind is that the groups were always organized by level. We followed a tracking process, so each reading group had a name and a text they were...