Andi, a student of mine, was so excited during writing workshop today. After trying a few different things out, she finally wrote an introduction to her persuasive essay that she felt would really grab her readers' attention. She excitedly requested a conference with me to ask what I thought about her introduction. I didn't plan … Continue reading Rethinking “I’m proud of you.”
That's right. You read that title correctly. If you know my work with teachers or my work with students, you're probably thinking the title just can't be true. Well, it's true. I haven't done our picture book read aloud in days... My students have taken over! They are now taking the initiative to bring in … Continue reading I Haven’t Read Aloud in Days
It's that time of year again! Now, you may be thinking many things after reading that statement... it's time for spring break, the start of baseball season, the end of hockey or basketball seasons, the time flowers bloom, the air temperatures start to warm, or even the time to start making plans for summer. Well, … Continue reading What’s the Point?
"I want to write about what happened at the school in Florida," is the phrase that started the conversation today with my fifth graders. I'll let this email to my classroom families explain the rest. Dear Classroom Families, I'm writing to let you know that we had a whole class … Continue reading Kids These Days
I've been thinking lately that my fifth graders need more opportunities to talk about books that they are reading and learn about books that may be new to them. We often do book talks as a whole class and partner talks, but I wanted to incorporate a more fun and casual way to chat about … Continue reading Book Mingle!