Category Archives: Conferring

How to Begin the Shift to a Problem-Based Approach

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In her new book, Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading Vicki Vinton calls for a shift of focus from complexity of text to the complexity of thinking a reader must engage in in order to understand the text. 

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Introducing The Writing Strategies Book Study Guide

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Jennifer Serravallo has created a helpful guide for The Writing Strategies Book for book study groups or individual practitioners. As an educational consultant, Jen is in classrooms all the time, and this study guide reflects the questions and concerns teachers have brought to her about how to use strategies within an instructional framework for writing and especially how to match them to instructional goals and methods. The study guide contains over 25 pages of resources, ideas for conversations, activities, and practices that will strengthen your strategic writing instruction, raise the quality and engagement levels of your student writers, and strengthen collaboration with your colleagues.

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PLC Series: Using Student Talk as Research

PD PLC_Email_Banner_640x220_White_FIN.jpgWelcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we discuss cultivating literacy-rich classrooms.

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How can we couple the power of allowing children to talk about books with purposeful, deliberate instruction?

In her On Demand Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups, Jennifer Serravallo explains that a crucial piece of deciding what to teach is: research. By carefully observing students – listening to their conversation, noticing behaviors and noting their comprehension, teachers can gather personalized and specific information that will help support students’ work before and during book clubs.

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PLC Series: The Importance of Informal Reading Conferences

PD PLC_Email_Banner_640x220_White_FIN.jpgWelcome back to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we celebrate new beginnings for teachers and learners across the country.

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The beginning of the school year holds varying levels of excitement and stress. It is important to take a moment to pause and reflect upon what is most important as you begin building your learning community.  Laying the foundation of trust and choice among all learners in the classroom cannot be rushed. The practice of modeling and supporting book choice, goal setting, and independent reading behaviors are imperative to the success of your readers. 
 

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Why Is Flipped Learning Important For The Classroom?

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Flipped learning and flipped classroom are current buzzwords in education. Entering either term in any search engine calls up articles and blogs posts by people sharing their successes using this pedagogical approach or asking questions about what it entails. But what is it and why is it important? Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul are here to help you out.

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How Flipped Learning Helps Students

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Flipped learning and flipped classroom are current buzzwords in education. Entering either term in any search engine calls up articles and blogs posts by people sharing their successes using this pedagogical approach or asking questions about what it entails. But what is it? Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul are here to help you out.

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