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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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A New Kind of Book

For years I’ve been working with the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing in my classroom and have been so pleased with the results. I have learned a lot myself…

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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…

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