Tag Archives: Webinars

PLC Series: Uncovering Student Writers

Welcome to a new year of content and conversation in Heinemann's PLC Series. This month we focus on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing.


Take a moment to look around your classroom. You might see pencils on the floor, journals sticking out of desks, and baskets full of notebooks or papers. Now look more closely. Chances are writing is hiding there, words and ideas tucked into the inconspicuous corners of the room.

When you nurture a classroom of writers within a workshop model, you have the opportunity to uncover this hidden writing – writing that students would like to bring to life and can, with a little time and a gentle nudge.

In this clip from a Heinemann PD webinar, educator and author Lisa Eickholdt shares an example of this kind of writing. After you watch the clip, think about this discovery from the young writer in her classroom and consider: What conditions were in place for this student to put the pencil to the page in this way?
 

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Looking for more PD on this topic?

Online: Click here to find out about the webinars planned for 2017 with Lindsey Moses, Lisa Eickholdt & Patty Vitale-Reilly, and more!

Off-Site: Which authors are coming to your area for one day workshops? Click here to browse the list by region, author, or state.

On-Site: Take a look at school-based seminars, and consulting authors and speakers available to you by clicking here.

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Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt) has 23 years of experience in the classroom as a primary grades teacher, a Title I teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, an interventionist, and a literacy coach. Currently, Lisa is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Georgia Gwinnett College and works as a literacy consultant in classrooms nationwide. Her recent book, Learning from Classmates: Using Students' Writing as Mentor Texts, celebrates student writing and promotes student engagement.

 

PLC Series: October Round-Up

PD PLC_Email_Banner_640x220_White_FIN.jpgWelcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we explored cultivating literacy-rich classrooms.

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October flowed with posts sharing content and ideas to support our thinking about literacy-rich classrooms that honor student independence. Scroll through the links below for a recap of shared videos and downloads, PD opportunities, and links related to this month’s blog series.

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Pop Culture as a Point of Engagement

Patricia Vitale-Reilly asks: What resonates most with students around the games that they play? Is it the element of challenge? Working through mastery and control?

In the video below, Patty talks about how drawing in elements of popular culture, namely technology and gamification, provides more ways to achieve a variety of purposes in your classroom. As you listen, consider how you might have conversations with your students about what pulls them toward popular games so you can discover how to parallel this approach in your classroom.  

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Patricia Vitale-Reilly on Classroom Rituals

The tone of the classroom is a determining factor for student engagement. It is the vibe of the room – the spirit –  that can truly make the difference when a cultivating a positive learning environment. Listen to Patricia Vitale-Reilly share the ways in which she cultivates a positive classroom tone through risk taking and rituals.

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Considering the Cognitive Classroom Environment

Engaging Every Learner author Patricia Vitale-Reilly believes that a classroom environment includes physical, cognitive and emotional space.  In her video below, she explains that the cognitive environment is the “minds-on” environment of learning and is sometimes overlooked.

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