Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers
Resources for Summer Learning
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
When Writers Drive the Workshop
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
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