The purpose of this blog is to provide a space to share teaching ideas that deal with writing - K to 12.
Recently, I have been working in schools, implementing the Calkins' Units of Study that are aligned with the CCSS. This program and the rubrics that accompany it are often used as a framework to meet proficiency guidelines.
I will continue to post articles that support these processes.
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In this video from Katie Doherty's sixth-grade classroom, Katie confers
with a student who has returned to a series book she had previously
rejected. Katie weaves in talk about strategies, particularly inferring
(a focus of whole-class minilessons).
In this video tour, Franki Sibberson narrates a description of the
grades 3&4 multiage classroom she shares with a colleague. The space
is small, so Franki explains how storage areas are carefully arranged
and seating is creatively designed to make the most of limited space.
Andie Cunningham confers with Vita, an English language learner whose
first language is Russian. Vita is in the silent period. Notice how
Andie coaxes communication from Vita, and manages to convey a sense of
delight at her work, an acknowledgment of Vita's importance in the
classroom community, and some guidance for future writing.
If you're trying to get everyone on your staff on the same page when it
comes to comprehension instruction, you might enjoy this cluster on the
basics of comprehension instruction featuring Ruth Shagoury, Andie
Cunningham, and "The Sisters" (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser).