Wait! 1 Book Recommendation and 4 Productive Pauses for the Problem-solving Teacher

Image via publicdomainpictures.net Let’s face it: no matter how well we run our reading and writing workshops, there are about a hundred different points in any given class period where problems can crop up. There’s no such thing as a perfect lesson plan, and as a result, teachers have to be decision making machines on a […]

Using Images + Objects as an Entryway into Narrative Writing

Today’s guest post comes to us from one of our 100 Days of Summer Writing participants, Erin Palazzo. Erin is a high school English teacher in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  She loves helping teens fall in love with reading and develop confidence in writing through mentor texts and readers & writers workshops.  Her students would also add that […]

Scaffolds for Helping Students Read Like Writers, Part I (Noticing Craft)

Quick Blurb About My Fall Beat As Rebekah mentioned in her back-to-school series introductory post, each of us will be dedicating a lot of our thinking and writing to a particular “beat” during the fall semester. There may be days we blog outside of our beat simply because another idea or experiment has risen to the […]