Designing a Take-Home Reading Program

I don’t know about you, but providing students access to high quality books is a struggle of mine. Actually, the challenge lies in providing the right kind of books –…

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…

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,…

How to Celebrate Writing in Your School

One school I used to teach in was heavily focused on writing. Write up my alley! (Pun intended). I was experienced at coaching teachers and presenting workshops and model lessons…

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…

World’s Best Sight Word Strategy

When I’m working with teachers to improve student writing skills I’m often asked about sight words. Teachers can feel frustrated with their students’ lack of awareness when using sight words…