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Resources for Summer Learning

It's hard to believe we are at the end of another school year. I loved spending time in all of your classrooms this year implementing Units of Study!

I'm looking forward to another great year collaborating and learning with all of you!

Have a wonderful summer vacation!


Author Visit with Lynn Plourde ~ April 2018

I am thrilled to announce that our plans to host Lynn Plourde next spring are moving forward smoothly! Lynn will spend a day at WES on Wednesday, April 11th! Nanette and I will be hosting a shared Title 1 Parent event on Wednesday evening for all students in grades K-5 who are part of our Title 1 reading program. Kate Bailey is submitting a grant this summer for Atwood to host Lynn on Thursday, April 12 for the day. (Thank you, Kate!!) Keep your fingers crossed for grant funding! If not, we can certainly explore other resources. Check out Lynn's website for more resources!

When Writers Drive the Workshop

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For teachers who are interested in improving their writing workshop instruction and implementation of Units of Study, you may want to check out When Writers Drive the Workshop, a new book written by Brian Kissel published by Stenhouse. I'm really enjoying the ideas in this book. Brian offers great suggestions for writing conferences, author's chair, and reflection time. This text may be great to include in our team days next year!

For a more detailed review of this book, check out this blog post from Kathleen Sokolowski!

Blog Posts from Two Writing Teachers

Here's a great blog post from Stacey Shubitz on Writing Workshop terminology. I plan to print this list to keep with my Units of Study resources. Enjoy!

Check out this new post from Stacey Shubitz with New Picture Books for Writing Mentor Texts! She has a great collection of picture books from 2017 that would be great for writing mini lessons. Happy Reading!

Looking for Summer Book Recommendations?

Investing in Our Student's Reading Lives

The Key to Summer Reading? Invest in Children's Reading Lives All Year

In this post, Donalyn Miller reminds us of the keys to reading engagement. I highly encourage you to read this post and reflect on the importance of raising engaged readers!

The four elements of reading engagement for us to consider are:

*Time - Richard Allington recommends 3 hours of independent reading imbedded in the literacy block weekly. How much time are your students spending actually reading during your reading workshop?

*Access - Our school and classroom libraries are priceless! Giving your students access to outstanding books is a key to engagement.

*Choice - It's important to provide our students with time to self-select their own books to enhance their motivation to read.

*Community - We never feel like we have enough time during the day, but the time we spend building a reading community with our students is valuable and purposeful. Preserve it!

Looking for some inspiration? Check out these 10 TED Talks from Inspiring Teachers

Recent Book Purchases

A Few Books From My Summer Stack

I plan to spend a lot of time this summer reading personally and professionally! I hope you do, too! Soak up the sunshine and have a wonderful vacation!

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School