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Great Ideas for Content Area Literacy Centers for Your Primary Classroom K-2

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Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”  – Maria Montessori, in The Absorbent Mind

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Demystifying Small Groups in Reading: Supporting Students in Action K-8

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Written by  Anna Gratz Cockerille

“I think that many teachers have been subjected to intensive efforts to remake their small-group instruction so that it is 'just so.' There have been so many books written on how to lead small groups in precisely the right ways that too many teachers approach a little hub of readers, gripped by anxiety over doing this The Right Way. Meanwhile, the whole point is to be personal, be responsive, and to channel kids to do some work while you observe and coach.” 

– Lucy Calkins, in A Guide to the Reading Workshop

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Teaching Empathy: Using Read Aloud and Text Sets to Think and Talk about Social Justice K-5

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by Anna Gratz Cockerille 

In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch teaches his children, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings, plight, or situation of another. It is recognizing and valuing perspectives that are different from one’s own. It is the basis for relationships and, some would even argue, is vital to survival.

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Powerful Small Group Work in Reading Units of Study

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Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

The heart and soul of reading workshop is independent reading time. This is the time in which students head off with books they can read well to practice skills they’ve learned. It is also the time in which what is often the best instruction takes place: the targeted, differentiated instruction that occurs during conferences and small group work.       Continue reading

Choice and Independence in Teaching the Reading Units of Study: TCRWP Twitter Chat

TCRWP Twitter Chat: Choice and Independence in Teaching the Reading Units of Study

Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

It may come as no surprise that research shows that Americans are reading less. A 2015 study from the Pew Research Center found that 72% of American adults say they have read at least one book in the past year, a 7% drop from 2011. Some happy news: reading rates among the youngest group surveyed (ages 18-29) have gone up, with 80% of participants claiming to have read a book in the last year. As teachers of reading, we know how important it is to support the continuation of this upward trend. 

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Build Up Your Reading Communities to Be Strong and Long Lasting – TCRWP Twitter Chat

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TCRWP Twitter Chat: Build Up Your Reading Communities to Be Strong and Long Lasting

by Anna Gratz Cockerille

Learning to Read is a powerful, emotional, complex, and miraculous thing. Children engaged in the reading process are in the process of changing. They are changing what they understand about the world. They are changing the kind of information they take in and process. And, in some respects, they are even changing who they are as individuals. 

Reading, of course, is so much more than getting better at decoding.  When children are undergoing a change as complex and as life-chaging as learning to read, they need to surrounded by support, camaraderie, and care. Certainly, great reading teachers provide all of this and more. In addition, students themselves can learn to become crucial supports for each other. 

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