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…

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. Now to be clear, I’m not referring to notebooks that contain worksheet after…

A New Kind of Book

When I first learned about the Traits I liked the idea of circle story organization. If you haven’t heard the term before, a circle story is one in which the…

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…

#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…