Category Archives: Online PD

Find Your Tribe: Taking on the Challenges of Writing Workshop

“Children want to write.” These words are just as true now as they were twenty years ago when I first wrote them, at the beginning of Chapter 1. I would only add, “If we let them.”
                                       –Don Graves, 2003

 

By Jaclyn Karabinas

Teaching is hard. Writing is hard. Teaching writing can be extremely hard, especially when you believe so strongly in the value of combining these crafts, but you feel isolated and lack the community to support this hard work. Perhaps you have never taken on Writing Workshop with your students but know this is what will spark engagement and growth in your students. Maybe you have been at it for awhile… but feel as though you keep hitting roadblocks. We all have a story. Together, we can make this happen in the name of growing student writers.

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Summer Book Study!

In a video blog below, author Colleen Cruz describes what she believes to be something great happening in schools today: teachers building relationships and working together. We agree—and this is why we look forward to hosting a summer book study! 

Are you looking for a place to build relationships with other teachers of writing, from all over the world? Please join us in a summer book study with The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom, hosted by Heinemann Professional Development, in the Unstoppable Learning Teacher Facebook group. Want to find out more about the book before we get started? Listen to Colleen's recent episode on the Heinemann Podcast here. Please view, download, and share our schedule by clicking below. See you there!

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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: 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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