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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: 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: March Round-Up

Welcome the PLC Series March Round Up! This month, we discussed how to tap into the power of visual memory with charts, mind maps, and sketchnotes.



We began our theme with the multi-modal practice of sketchnoting. Author Tanny McGregor honed her own skills and techniques so that she may share the possibilities of this note taking style with teachers. Click the image to visit the post and webinar clip.
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PLC Series: February Round-Up

This month, we shared conversation about the role and necessity of play in learning. Enjoy the month in review below!

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PLC Series: The Essential Benefits of Free Play

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month, we share conversation about the role and necessity of play in learning.


"The skills that are hard to learn, and far more important, are how to get along well with other people, how to control our own emotions and behavior, and how to think creatively yet logically. "  -Peter Gray


What is the effect of the decrease in play on children? 

Children learn through play by nature; they need play to experiment with problem solving, deal with fear, exercise imagination, learn self control and so much more. In this powerful article from the Heinemann Digital Library, Boston College research professor of psychology Peter Gray makes a strong case for the essential benefits of play.  Continue reading

PLC Series: January Round-Up

This month we focused on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing. Revisit your favorites or find one you missed in the below collection  of posts, content and other related links that supported our thinking this month.

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