Author Archives: Digital Editor

PLC Series: Celebrating Voice

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we celebrate the inspiring work that students and teachers do together every day. 

How do we celebrate student voice? Colleen Cruz suggests we can move toward this by first identifying our own voices. Continue reading

PLC Series: Public Celebration Conferences

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we celebrate the inspiring work that students and teachers do together every day. 

“Celebrating children and their writing isn’t just a feel-good activity. It’s crucial for children’s writing achievement.”—Regie Routman

Publicly celebrating children’s writing provides the opportunity for all young writers to learn from each other and share in successes. When children read their own writing to their peers, they get to share their ideas and the teacher gains an opportunity to comment on strengths and nudge the child’s writing further with brief teaching points. 

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PLC Series: May Round Up!


Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we look closely at creating opportunities for ourselves and our students to consider the power of the reading-writing connection. 

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PLC Series: The Language We Can Gather from Reading More Widely

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we look closely at the creating opportunities for ourselves and our students to consider the power of the reading-writing connection.

“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out.”

—William Faulkner

By Katherine Bomer

The secret to teaching how to write is to read, but that doesn't mean standing in front of the How to Write section in Barnes & Noble and picking a book by an author you’ve never heard of. Instead read what you’re passionate about and then try to widen the scope of that passion, reading different genres, so that you can say you’re passionate about good writing with the confidence that you know what good writing is regardless of genre. Trust in your own responses as a reader—good writing excites you, moves you, gives you clarity, makes you laugh, and makes you realize how deliciously complicated life really is.

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PLC Series: Write-Alouds


Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we look closely at creating opportunities for ourselves and our students to consider the power of the reading-writing connection. 

During read aloud, we have the opportunity to share the oral beauty of language, model comprehension processes by thinking aloud, and engage with our students through a variety of texts. What are the possibilities for write-alouds?

Write-alouds can help teachers to model—and students to practice—orally using the language we wish to put on the page. In her article, available for download below from the Heinemann Digital Library, author and literacy consultant Leah Mermelstein talks about the role of write-aloud in the classroom, where it might fit, and how this is different from shared or interactive writing. Leah notes that when we can “say it well, we can write it well”.

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PLC Series: Connections Between Writing and Reading


Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we look closely at creating opportunities for ourselves and our students to consider the power of the reading-writing connection. 

What if the first step in learning a new writing skill is not taken by… writing?

Roz Linder, author of The Big Book of Details, shares her thinking in the video blog below about how we need to engage students in a skill in the real world first—then model it and transfer this knowledge over to the writing on the page. She notes that “reading and writing are about communicating” and the more we experience it before putting the pencil to the page, the more success students will have with the transfer of knowledge. Take a look.

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