Category Archives: Digital Campus

PLC Series: Independent Writing Time

Welcome to a new year of content and conversation in our PLC Series. This month we focus on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing.


One of the most overwhelming pieces for teachers in a reading and writing workshop model is managing all of the moving parts. If writing workshop is new for you, it is likely that fears swirl into questions in your mind: Can they write on their own? How do I release control? How do coach my writers as individuals when there are so many of them?

Teacher and blogger Betsy Hubbard (@Betsy_Writes) shares her wisdom in this article, available for download below, from the Heinemann Digital Library.  She describes the roles of monitoring and conferring with writers, as well explains how these practices support each other. Reflecting on the notes that emerge from monitoring and conferring provide valuable information that inform both you as the teacher and the students as they work to build independence.

Making the Most of Independent Writing Time_Hubbard.pdf

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Online: This article is one of many available to you with a Digital Library Subscription. Find out more here!

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  Betsy Hubbard (@BetsyWrites) Betsy Hubbard is a  kindergarten and first grade teacher. She is a co-author at  the blog Two Writing Teachers and also blogs at I Think in   Poems, Teaching Young Writers, and I’m Living My Words. 

 

PLC Series: Uncovering Student Writers

Welcome to a new year of content and conversation in Heinemann's PLC Series. This month we focus on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing.


Take a moment to look around your classroom. You might see pencils on the floor, journals sticking out of desks, and baskets full of notebooks or papers. Now look more closely. Chances are writing is hiding there, words and ideas tucked into the inconspicuous corners of the room.

When you nurture a classroom of writers within a workshop model, you have the opportunity to uncover this hidden writing – writing that students would like to bring to life and can, with a little time and a gentle nudge.

In this clip from a Heinemann PD webinar, educator and author Lisa Eickholdt shares an example of this kind of writing. After you watch the clip, think about this discovery from the young writer in her classroom and consider: What conditions were in place for this student to put the pencil to the page in this way?
 

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Looking for more PD on this topic?

Online: Click here to find out about the webinars planned for 2017 with Lindsey Moses, Lisa Eickholdt & Patty Vitale-Reilly, and more!

Off-Site: Which authors are coming to your area for one day workshops? Click here to browse the list by region, author, or state.

On-Site: Take a look at school-based seminars, and consulting authors and speakers available to you by clicking here.

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Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt) has 23 years of experience in the classroom as a primary grades teacher, a Title I teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, an interventionist, and a literacy coach. Currently, Lisa is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Georgia Gwinnett College and works as a literacy consultant in classrooms nationwide. Her recent book, Learning from Classmates: Using Students' Writing as Mentor Texts, celebrates student writing and promotes student engagement.

 

PLC Series: Entry Points for Writers

Welcome to a new year of content and conversation in Heinemann's PLC Series. This month we focus on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing.



It is our joyful responsibility as teachers to nurture the writers in our classrooms and to help them build writing identities as young as possible. In his book Engaging Young Writers (Heinemann, 2009), Matt Glover describes the process of giving or following directions to someone’s house as a metaphor for the need for multiple entry points into writing.  He notes that people will be most successful, providing clear directions or arriving easily at their destination, when allowed to use their preferred method such as by landmarks, directional words, or a map. 

In order for us to engage our youngest (or most reluctant) writers in a way that maximizes their energy for writing, we need to provide multiple entry points so they can find a method that feel comfortable to them. Click the image below to view and download a PDF listing the entry points Matt describes throughout his book Engaging Young Writers, one of many full titles available in the Heinemann Digital Library. 
 

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Online: The Heinemann Digital Library is full of books, articles and video—all for the price of about one book. Find out more about the content available and purchase a subscription by clicking here!

Off-site: Join Matt in for a One Day workshop this Winter or Spring!

On-Site: Take a look at customized seminars, consulting authors and speakers, and residencies available to you by clicking here.

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image001Matt Glover (@MattGlover123) is a well-known educator, author and presenter. With over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and a principal, Matt travels across the country, speaking about how to best nurture writers and support the intellectual growth and development of your students. Matt has authored several books on the topic, including Engaging Young Writers, and has co-authored Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten with Katie Wood Ray, and Projecting Possibilities for Writers: The How, What and Why of Designing Units of Study with Mary Alice Berry.

 

The Best of the 2016 PLC Series

2016 was rich with content, conversation, and camaraderie in our Professional Learning Community blog series!  Thousands of educators like you pushed your thinking through reading, sharing, and discussing the videos, articles, book chapters, and more. No doubt students all over the country and even all over the world have received the benefits of your dedication to professional learning.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular posts of 2016!

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PLC Series: Build Understanding Through Talk

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

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You might already use the the practices of “turn and talk” during reading, but what about during other content area lessons?

In order for students to clearly express mathematical understandings, they need daily opportunities to practice using the specific academic language related to this content area. In this clip, taken from Sue O’Connell’s On Demand course, notice how students are given ample time not just to think through their response, but to share this thinking verbally with a partner.

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PLC Series: Math as Communication

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

If we want students to perceive math as a process of communication versus performance of correct answers, we need to create routines and space for them to ask questions, verbalize connections and practice applying the vocabulary of mathematics.

In this clip from Steve Leinwand’s On-Demand Course, powered by the Heinemann Digital Campus, you’ll notice that he ignites conversation—and instant engagement— by presenting a scenario and asking: Any questions that a reader of this sentence might have?

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