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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 ...
5 Ways to Move It at Home

5 Ways to Move It at Home

During any extended break from school, even just spring break or a weekend, it’s important to keep kids moving — and not just academically, we’re talking about physical movement. You can do this with your students through distance learning and encourage parents to get...
Set Up Kids For Writing Success At Home — 5 Easy Steps

Set Up Kids For Writing Success At Home — 5 Easy Steps

Your kids are at home for a stretch of time — whether this is for the summer months, spring break, or when the schools are closed. You’ll want to keep the momentum going for kids at home. The first thing you’ll want to do is help your child/student(s) find an area...
The Writing Process for Primary Grades

The Writing Process for Primary Grades

I’ve visited hundreds of schools and noticed a lot of confusion around the stages of the writing process. To learn more about the writing process for the upper grades (3-8), you can find it here: Stages of the Writing Process for Upper Grades Today, you’ll learn about...
Making Your Mini Lesson Quick and Powerful

Making Your Mini Lesson Quick and Powerful

The mini-lesson is a crucial part of running a reading or writing workshop. It sets kids up for independent work, so how effective it is will truly set the tone for the workshop time. It’s incredibly important your kids are clear on what they learned in the...
Setting Up a Writing Center: 8 Basics

Setting Up a Writing Center: 8 Basics

A writing center is a place you go to get the materials you need as a writer. Your writing center should be well-stocked with extra pens, paper or booklets (for primary or more emergent writers), staplers, and more. These are the bare minimum things you want to have...
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...