Tag Archives: Middle School

Engaging Readers: Lucy Calkins discusses the TCRWP Classroom Libraries

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In the first two installments of this blog series, we discussed why particularly chosen books matter and how the TCRWP Classroom Libraries were selected. In this final part of the series, we will explore additional, innovative ways that the team focused on driving reading engagement.

One such way is through the tools and resources that accompany the libraries. A vast collection of brightly colored, attractive book bin labels and book level labels lure kids to bins with irresistible topics. Additionally, student sticky-note pads help promote close, active reading. Students can identify “Must-Reads” and “Watch Out!” sections for others by leaving these helpful sticky notes in the book. Watch the video below to check out these amazing resources:

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A STEM Success Story

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The new STEM Lesson Guideposts is the companion to the bestselling STEM Lesson Essentials and a practical guide for helping you on your journey of creating integrated, interdisciplinary STEM lessons and units.

Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer, and Joel Villegas (the authors of STEM Lesson Guideposts) have worked with districts, schools, and educators across the country (and around the world), helping them better understand what STEM learning is and how to develop hands-on, integrated STEM lessons and units.

In the video below, Michael Comer talks about how a third grade team in a school with a high population of English learners successfully integrated STEM into their curriculum.

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Connecting the What and How of STEM Learning

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"Where do I begin?" is a question many teachers ask when it comes to STEM teaching and learning. Inspired by this question, the authors of STEM Lesson Guideposts created a planning model with five key guideposts to provide educators with a structure and guidance for conceiving, creating, and organizing STEM experiences that are both rigorous and relevant to students' lives.

In the video below, coauthor Michael Comer talks briefly about the differences between STEM Lesson Guideposts and its predecessor (STEM Lesson Essentials), and how the focus of each book connects with the other.

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Units of Study in Reading Grades 6-8: a TCRWP Twitter Chat

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Middle School Teachers, we have got some wonderful news for you! We are happy to announce that Units of Study in Reading for Grades 6-8 are coming soon. Join the TCRWP community at this week's Twitter chat to hear more. The chat will be hosted by Audra Robb, TCRWP's Associate Director for Middle Schools. 

Each Wednesday night at 7:30pm eastern, The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project  hosts a Twitter chat using the hashtag #TCRWP. Join @audrakrobb​ tomorrow evening to chat about what to look forward to in Reading Units of Study for Middle School. 

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When you think of Facebook, what’s the first image to pop into your mind? Chances are you think of baby pictures, announcements from friends and family, and what your mom had for breakfast.

But, did you know there are number of pages and groups on Facebook dedicated to education? Whether rooted in a book, subject, or shared interest, Facebook provides many opportunities to connect and grow as an educator.

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Instructional routines can support ALL students

By Grace Kelemanik, Amy Lucenta, and Susan Janssen Creighton, adapted from their new book, Routines for Reasoning


Imagine a routine focused not on classroom management procedures but on ways of thinking mathematically when faced with an unfamiliar problem. Like the management routines, these “mathematical thinking routines” also have a predictable set of actions that students learn and then practice repeatedly until they are second nature.

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