Category Archives: Differentiated Instruction

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 Charts…Smarter!

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we will discuss how to tap into the power of visual memory.

“No matter what area of the curriculum, we found that clear visuals, simple language, and constant reflection on charts were the key to helping children gain independence and agency in their learning. The more we charted, the less repeating we did and more teaching was possible.”          

 -Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli in Smarter Charts for Math,          Science and Social Studies.

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PLC Series: Mind Mapping

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we will discuss how to tap into the power of visual memory.

Last week, we explored the idea of sketchnoting with author Tanny McGregor, a practice that engages multiple modalities that support the brain’s processes to absorb and use new information. If you had not heard the word sketchnoting before, perhaps you have encountered the term mind mapping.

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PLC Series: Sketchnoting

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we will discuss how to tap into the power of visual memory.

Sunni Brown, an author and speaker specializing in visual thinking and information design, asserts that doodling is not the “nemesis of intellectual thought” but rather an ally. In her 2011 TEDTalk, she explains that in order take in information and do something with it, we need at least two modalities engaged—visual, auditory, reading/writing, kinesthetic—or one, with the addition of an emotional experience. 

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Join Us for a Free Jennifer Serravallo Webinar to Learn About The Writing Strategies Book

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Jen Serravallo’s The Writing Strategies Book is here and to celebrate, we're inviting you to join us for a free webinar with Jen on Tuesday, March 7th at 4:00pm (EST).  In the webinar, Jen will offer a guided tour of the book and draw connections between this new book and her New York Times bestselling The Reading Strategies Book. She’ll show how together these resources can support highly responsive teaching with any instructional approach.  

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Five Research-Based Principles for Fostering Independence in Literacy

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In Lindsey Moses and Meridith Ogden’s new book “What are the Rest of my Kids Doing?” Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop, the authors introduce a set of five research-based principles centered around successful components of early literacy instruction. In addition to the formalized research literature, each principle is one that has been found to be useful for primary teachers when fostering independence with purposeful learning experiences. In their book, Moses and Ogden offer teaching moves based on these specific research-based principles.

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