Tag Archives: Reading Workshop

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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Studying and Thinking about Powerful Whole Group Instruction: Minilessons, Shared Reading, & Read Aloud K-3

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See below for a full transcript of the chat

Written by Anna Gratz Cockerille

One power of reading workshop is the way in which instruction can move seamlessly from whole-group, to small-group, to individual and back again in the span of a class period. Certainly, a reading teacher’s best chance of really moving kids further in their understanding is while working with small groups and individuals, where instruction can be differentiated to meet the needs of the each student. It is not as possible to meet every student’s needs during whole-group instruction. Inevitably, there will be students who are beyond or not quite at the level of whole-group lessons. But these lessons serve a very important purpose, nonetheless. They serve to rally students’ energy around a single, worthy cause. They serve to create classroom community-wide goals for reading and common language to talk about these goals. They serve to get students jazzed up about a new line of thinking, or a new trajectory in their path of work. 

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English Learners in the Reading Workshop

Moses_Webinar_1080_FIN (1)"[As a new teacher], I needed theoretically sound, research-based, instructional ideas to support the students in my classroom. …[and] I needed support for the logistics: getting my classroom workshop ready; ideas for units of student and learning experiences; suggestions for whole-group, small group, individualized instruction and conferring; and ways to use assessment to drive my instruction. However, I needed these logistics to include the necessary linguistic considerations to support my English learners.”    —Lindsey Moses 


Lindsey Moses, author of Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop (2015), works with classroom teachers across the country supporting the implementation of effective literacy instruction in diverse settings. Her experience and research reveal extensive knowledge, ideas and examples to guide teachers with facilitating a workshop setting that is just as effective for English learners as native speakers.

Enjoy this clip from her most recent webinar series for a glimpse into this Online Professional Development opportunity.

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It’s A New Year: Setting Up Old and New Traditions to Help Energize and Implement Units of Study All Year

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In a typical artist’s studio, materials are organized meticulously. There is a place for everything, and the artist knows exactly where to find each and every tool the moment she needs it. There are routines for gathering supplies, for working, for cleaning up. Not a moment is wasted on housekeeping. In this way, all of the artist’s energy can be spent on the non-linear, often messy, unpredictable process of creation. 

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TCRWP Twitter Chat: Supporting Teachers New to Reading Workshop

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Each Wednesday night at 7:30pm eastern, The Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project hosts a Twitter chat using the hashtag #TCRWP. This week the focus was on ways to support teachers who are new to reading workshop. Read below for review of the chat. 

Not on Twitter? Take Heinemann’s free Twitter for Educators course here.

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Announcing Heinemann’s Third Annual Teacher Tour

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Heinemann Publishing is thrilled to announce the date for our third annual Teacher Tour. Each year we open our doors to educators and invite you to spend a Saturday with us and a selection of our authors for a day of learning and special giveaways.

Heinemann’s Third Annual Teacher Tour
Where: Heinemann, 361 Hanover St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
When: August 1st, 2015 from 8:00am to 12:30pm

​You’re invited to Heinemann’s offices in downtown Portsmouth to see what goes on behind the scenes, meet our editors and staff, and participate in four 40-minute sessions with several of our well-known authors, including:


Frank Serafini, author of Reading Workshop 2.0


Lindsey Moses, author of Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop


Sara Ahmed, coauthor with Smokey Daniels of Upstanders


Colleen Cruz, author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

All participants will receive complimentary professional development resources! Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about Heinemann and share your insights with us about how we can meet your classroom needs. Please note there is no cost to attend this event, but space is limited, so register now.

Register here and mark your calendar!

See a sample of last year's Teacher Tour here: