Creating a Conferring Toolkit

Teaching students to read and write is both a science and an art. One of the tried and true practices that helps support all learners is the sacred time spent one on one with teacher and student, side by side with a text in the middle, modeling, coaching, sharing and supporting deep thinking and more…

Graphic Narrative: A New frontier in genre study

Are you besieged with reluctant readers or writers in your classroom? Confounded by lack of stamina during independent practice? Challenged by raising comprehension rigor for language learners while providing significant vocabulary support? Graphic novels and narrative offer an emerging genre to help address all these needs in your elementary, middle, and high school classroom. Graphic…

Microfiction mentor text

The never-ending quest for mind-blowing mentor text can be overwhelming. For some, there is the perpetual search for new books to convey critical teaching points while sparking engagement through unfamiliar titles. For others, it’s the hunt for the perfect demonstration of an author’s craft, the ideal tangle of tricky vocabulary, or the excerpt perfectly poised…

The book basket: A new Seuss treasure!

Have you heard the news? A newly unearthed Dr. Seuss treasure was just published for the first time this fall! Dr. Seuss fans, rejoice the publication of Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (Random House, 2014)! Dr. Charles D. Cohen, who has written extensively about Theodor Seuss Geisel and amassed the largest private…

Getting a handle on assessment in readers’ workshop

If we believe reading is thinking, then we consider assessment in Readers’ Workshop a gauge of cognitive and metacognitive processes churning around text interaction. But how do we measure complex cerebral strategies and translate them into PowerSchool keystrokes, team meeting dialogue, or parent conference conversation? There are several ways to assess reading strategies and thinking…