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The Big 5: Katie Wood Ray Tells Us About the Five Books that Made a Big Difference in Her Professional Life

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Every so often we like to ask our authors about the books that most affected their teaching, the books that served as a turning point in their practice or opened their eyes to a new way of approaching their work, thinking about education, or seeing children. In this first installment, we bring you the professional book top five of Katie Wood Ray, whose professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also the coeditor of the journal Primary Voices K–6, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. She has authored and co-authored many titles , including  In Pictures and in WordsWhat You Know by Heart, Already Ready, and About the Authors. Katie spent many years as a professional development presenter, and is currently an Executive Editor of professional books at Heinemann. 

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TCRWP Twitter Chat: Make More Reading And Writing Connections Between Workshops

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Read the Storify transcript of Wednesday's Twitter chat below.

By Anna Gratz Cockerille

Reading and writing are so inextricably linked that often it seems impossible to teach one without the other. Writing instruction is crucial for children learning to read, and reading instruction is crucial for children learning to write. During certain reading and writing workshop units, for example, during research-based units when the reading that students do fuels their writing, it can be difficult to tell where reading workshop ends and writing workshop begins. This is exactly as it should be. Reading and writing development work as a continuous, positive feedback loop, in which greater facility with one leads to greater facility with the other.

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