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How Reading and Writing Workshop Can Support STEM Learning

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by Anna Gratz Cockerille​

For the past several years, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects have stepped into the spotlight. And for good reason. James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C., has said, "The future of the economy is in STEM. That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” According to the website of The STEM Education Coalition, "Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support [Brown’s] assertion. Employment in occupations related to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022." 

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Making Reading Notebooks Awesome

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by Anna Gratz Cockerille

One of the most challenging aspects of teaching reading is that reading work is mainly invisible. The older students grow, the more sophisticated their thinking and their books become, and the harder it is to assess how much of their reading they are grasping. Reading teachers need ways to make students’ thinking visible. This is why channeling students to talk and write about their reading is so crucial. But students need more than just time to talk and write. They need instruction in ways to lift the level of their work so that their talk, their writing, and, ultimately, their reading, gets richer. 

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The Heinemann Podcast: Joy Write with Ralph Fletcher

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On today’s podcast, putting the fun back into writing. Ralph Fletcher says nothing helps writers grow like practice, but not just any kind of practice will do, you’ve got to bring the joy! In his new book, Joy Write, Ralph shares the whys and the how of giving students time and autonomy for the playful, low-stakes writing that leads to surprising, high-level growth. Ralph talks about how the element of fun has disappeared from classrooms, so we started our conversation with why that is. 

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What Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell Mean to Me

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In Writing with Mentors, high school teachers Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell prove that the key to cultivating productive, resourceful writers—writers who can see value and purpose for writing beyond school—is using dynamic, hot-off-the-presses mentor texts. Today, Heinemann Product Manager Kim Cahill tells the origin story of Writing With Mentors. You won't want to miss this.

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Introducing The Writing Strategies Book Study Guide

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Jennifer Serravallo has created a helpful guide for The Writing Strategies Book for book study groups or individual practitioners. As an educational consultant, Jen is in classrooms all the time, and this study guide reflects the questions and concerns teachers have brought to her about how to use strategies within an instructional framework for writing and especially how to match them to instructional goals and methods. The study guide contains over 25 pages of resources, ideas for conversations, activities, and practices that will strengthen your strategic writing instruction, raise the quality and engagement levels of your student writers, and strengthen collaboration with your colleagues.

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How Do I Use The Writing Strategies Book with Other Writing Programs?

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The Writing Strategies Book, by Jennifer Serravallo, can be used effectively, with nearly any writing program or approach. Its goals align well with many rubrics, scoring criteria, and assessment categories. To help you match your instruction with the strategies in her book, Jennifer has created a crosswalk to several commonly used writing approaches and programs. Those programs include:

This crosswalk between her hierarchy of 10 writing goals and six commonly used writing programs and instructional frameworks such as Traits Writing, Units of Study, Empowering Writers, Being a Writer, and Writing Fundamentals is a available as a free download here on The Writing Strategies Book page.