#1 Professional Learning for Teachers

I’m a National Board Certified Teacher and can tell you first hand that the experience of pursuing National Board Certification was incredibly valuable. I was able to reflect on my…

Archive Those Anchor Charts and Save Space

Anchor charts are a teaching tool I would never be without. In case you haven’t heard, anchor charts are reference posters teacher co-create with students that serve as a scaffold…

3 Ideas for Teaching Description

Has this concept made its way to your school or district? I recently heard a teacher refer to “descriptive” as a genre that stands on its own, much like narrative…

Let’s Talk Stamina

Stamina in literacy learning has been a popular topic lately, and rightfully so.  Without it, students are unable to tackle the challenges that come with close reading, for example, and…

Try a Thinking 13!

A central belief in my classroom is “Writing is Thinking.” We understand that writers must think carefully, and the more we think like a writer, the more successful we will…

Close Reading Q & A

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days leading a group of 40 primary teachers in an exploration of close reading and the Common Core State Standards.  It…

How to Make Grammar Fun!

Grammar instruction is coming back into focus (in some places it never left) since it’s taken hold in the Language section of the Common Core State Standards. We’ve all seen,…

Writer’s Notebook – Space for Revision

Writer’s notebooks are all the rage these days and they’ve led to notebooks for all subject areas. They are a fantastic tool for housing student work in various stages of…

A Peek Inside My Classroom

Teachers often ask me how I set up my own classroom for writing success. Here are some photos from the nicest classroom I ever had. It was a kindergarten room…