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The Importance of Demonstration When Learning

The Importance of Demonstration When Learning

Last year I started a yoga practice. And not just any yoga — but hot yoga. If you’ve never tried it, 2020 probably isn’t the time, but if you have — you either love it or hate it. The second you step into the heated room (often between 93 and 98 degrees F), you begin...
5 Tips for Making Small Groups Work Online

5 Tips for Making Small Groups Work Online

Picture it: I’m meeting with a large group of educators and I can’t see everyone on one screen because I’m not techy enough yet to have set up two screens. Someone speaks up, but it takes me an awkwardly long time to figure out who’s speaking. Even after an extended...
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...