Balanced Literacy 2.0: The Equilibrium of Rigor and Release

Does your classroom reflect a balance of rich reading, authentic writing, fundamental word study skills or phonics, and joyous read alouds? Does your practice release responsibility of the cognitive heavy-lifting gradually to your students through thinking aloud, explicit modeling, guided practice, and independent application? Has post-common core testing caused you to rethink every anchor chart…

From Mini Lesson to Micro Lesson

Short, Explicit, & Robust … but Recorded Do you remember a time when you listened to a teacher drone on and on about a subject? Have you ever (unwittingly) been that teacher yourself? Mini-lessons used to be a good answer to that struggle. However, this year especially, with our hybrid and remote school settings, we…