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How to Become a Better Writing Teacher

50 action steps teachers can take to improve their writing instruction and achieve better results.

100-Word Stories
A Short Form for Expansive Writing

Improve secondary students' writing skills with 100-word stories, a popular form of flash fiction that teaches kids a wide variety of literary skills and devices. Lessons and writing prompts accompany each mentor text and give you tools to use this instructional method in your writing classroom today.

Literacy's Democratic Roots
A Personal Tour Through Eight Big Ideas

Tom Newkirk, lifetime educator and bestselling author of Minds Made for Stories, discusses eight powerful literacy practices-- and the democratic values that connect them.  Newkirk argues that "the house of literacy has a thousand doors, and our job is to help students find one that will let them in."  Yet for many students reading and writing is made unnecessarily difficult and uninviting. We need to tell a better story.  Literacy's Democratic Roots celebrates eight door-opening ideas that can help us make room for all students.


A Teacher’s Guide to Math Workshop

How to get started with math workshop in any classroom and with any math curriculum.  Classroom videos and online resources support the foundational content in this new Classroom Essentials text.

Teacher Pack for The Intermediate Comprehension Toolkit, Second Edition Updated
Grades 3-6

Elevate your students' understanding of nonfiction with The Intermediate Comprehension Toolkit.  This resource is brimming with ready-to-use lessons that seamlessly integrate into any curriculum or instructional approach: whole class, intervention, small group, and beyond.

Deepen comprehension across the content areas and develop critical thinking with strategies for connecting, questioning, inferring, summarizing, and more. The Intermediate Toolkit Teacher Pack offers all you need for your classroom, helping to nurture lifelong learners and thinkers.

Teacher Pack for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, Second Edition Updated
Grades K-2

Elevate your students' understanding of nonfiction with The Primary Comprehension Toolkit. This resource is brimming with ready-to-use lessons that seamlessly integrate into any curriculum or instructional approach: whole class, intervention, small group, and beyond.

Deepen comprehension across the content areas and develop critical thinking with strategies for connecting, questioning, inferring, summarizing, and more. The Primary Toolkit Teacher Pack offers all you need for your classroom, helping to nurture lifelong learners and thinkers.

The Reading Strategies Book 2.0, Paperback and Companion Charts Bundle

The dramatically new and improved The Reading Strategies Book 2.0 and its flipbook of Companion Charts are designed to be trusted, research-aligned companions for any K–8 reading classroom—no matter your curriculum, subject area, or instructional approach.

Also available as a Standalone Chart or Spiral Bundle.

Trauma-Responsive Pedagogy
Teaching for Healing and Transformation

As trauma and adversity become increasingly common, teachers and educators need the tools to support their students through these challenges. Trauma-Responsive Pedagogy is an actionable guide that offers research and inclusive frameworks to help you create a trauma-responsive classroom.

Centered on the whole child, this resource promotes healing and wellness for both students and educators. Turn wounds into wisdom and create a safe, supportive space for learning with Trauma-Responsive Pedagogy.

Literacy Moves Outdoors
Learning Approaches for Any Environment
Literacy Moves Outdoors provides the rationale, resources, and information to help you get started, all organized to help maximize learning and connect what you do outside to what you teach inside. Explore and adopt practices that engage students, meet their interests and needs, and give them the tools to communicate and discover themselves and the world around them.
A Teacher’s Guide to Interactive Writing
The Classroom Essentials Series
New in the Classroom Essentials Series, A Teacher's Guide to Interactive Writing provides the what, why, and how of using this powerful teaching tool in Grades PreK-2.  Kindergarten teacher Matt Halpern shows you what interactive writing looks and sounds like in over 20 classroom videos.  
When Kids Can't Read—What Teachers Can Do, Second Edition
A Guide for Teachers 4-12

Reading matters because it changes us. It changes the way we think, the way we see the world, the way we process information and dream new thoughts.

This new edition of When Kids Can’t Read—What Teachers Can Do is a guidebook for those who teach students who struggle with reading. Extensively rewritten by Kylene Beers, it offers practical teaching scaffolds and strategies in the areas of comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency, and engagement.

The Collaborative Math Classroom
Launching a Student-Centered Mathematical Community
The Collaborative Math Classroom is a practical guide that outlines exactly how teachers can launch and cultivate a collaborative, student-centered math classroom. You will find clear suggestions to help you get started and establish a structure, along with ideas of what to look for, signs to celebrate, answers to questions, and a variety of resources, all drawn from classroom experience and backed by research.
The Reading Strategies Book 2.0
Your Research-Based Guide to Developing Skilled Readers

The Reading Strategies Book 2.0 is designed to be a trusted, research-aligned companion for any K–8 reading classroom—no matter your curriculum, subject area, or instructional approach. Connect crucial research to powerful practice, whether you need engaging lessons for whole-class teaching, support for small-group instruction, ideas for intervention, or ways to fill gaps in a core curriculum. The friendly design makes it easy to find strategies that meet every student where they are now.

Companion Charts available as a Standalone Chart, Spiral Bundle, or Paperback Bundle.

A Teacher's Guide to Mentor Texts, K-5
The Classroom Essentials Series

Dramatically improve student writing by teaching with mentor texts in Grades K-5. A foundational guide to finding, analyzing, and teaching with mentor texts.

Solving for Why
Understanding, Assessing, and Teaching Students Who Struggle with Math
Solving for Why offers educators the tools and guidance essential for successfully solving for why students struggle with mathematics. The step-by-step, RTI (Response to Intervention) – like approaches, focused on assessment and communication with students, help teachers gain insight into student understanding in a remarkably different way that recipe-type approaches that assume the same solution applies to learners with similar struggles.
Talk Moves, Third Edition
A Teacher's Guide for Using Classroom Discussions in Math, Grades K-6
Talk Moves: A Teacher's Guide for Using Classroom Discussions in Math offers an award-winning, unparalleled look at the significant role that classroom discussions can play in teaching mathematics and deepening students' mathematical understanding and learning.
The Literacy Studio
Redesigning the Workshop for Readers and Writers
A new workshop structure that integrates reading and writing for more efficient literacy teaching and learning.
It Makes Sense: Using Ten-Frames to Build Number Sense

Easy-to-follow teaching directions for compelling, engaging lessons!

From “Look, Quick!” to “Mystery Sums,” the twenty classroom-tested lessons in this resource provide friendly, meaningful support for using ten-frames. Ten-frames are one of the most important models that teachers can use to help students anchor to the landmark number ten and develop all aspects of number sense. They help students develop the skills they need to become flexible and fluent problem solvers.

It Makes Sense: Using the Hundreds Chart to Build Number Sense

A superb resource for teachers!

The twenty classroom-tested lessons and games in this resource transform the hundreds chart from a poster on the classroom wall into a hands-on, interactive tool used by both teachers and students.

The hundreds chart is one of the most important tools teachers can manipulate to help students think about our base ten number system and to build a mental model of the mathematical structure of it. Working with the hundreds chart helps learners develop the skills they need to become flexible and fluent problem solvers.

It Makes Sense: Using Number Paths and Number Lines to Build Number Sense

Strengthen teaching and deepen learning of number skills and concepts

From “Mystery Number” to “Hot Lava Bridge,” the forty classroom-tested lessons in this resource promote the flexible use of number paths and number lines to solve problems and scaffold or document students’ thinking.

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