Peter Brunn's picture

Giving Students Opportunities to "Figure It Out"

A few weeks ago I was in Nevada presenting to a group of teachers and administrators on best practices in the teaching of writing. During one of my sessions, I had an interaction with a group of teachers that has continued to linger in my mind. I thought I would take some time here to think aloud about it.

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Maureen Szychlinski's picture

Think Time: Giving Student Writers Time to Create

“This. Is. Gold.”

Hearing these words come from a reluctant 12-year-old during a writing conference just about knocked me over a few days ago. For weeks, this student sat during independent writing time with little more than a few new words scribbled on his crumpled piece of paper.

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Felicita Elementary School, Escondido Unified School District, Escondido, CA

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Grades K–5
Vanessa Karwan, EdD, Turnaround Coordinator, and Evangelina Pando-Solis, EdD, Literacy Specialist

Scenario

Futures Elementary School, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA

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Meredith Iserson, Second-grade Teacher, CSC Lead Teacher

Astatula Elementary School, Lake County Schools Lake County, FL

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Grades K–5
Marni Kay, Literacy Coach

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Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover City Schools, Hoover, AL

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Grades K–5
Gayle Morrison, Literacy Coach

Why did you decide to implement Making Meaning?

R. Guild Gray Elementary School, Clark County School District Las Vegas, NV

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Grades K–5
Lindee Witt, Fifth-grade Teacher

Our students are writers and they know it, and they are proud of it. They love to write.

Astatula Elementary School, Lake County Schools Astatula, FL

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Grades K–5
Marni Kay, Literacy Coach

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Lisa Borah-Geller's picture

Transitional Kindergarten: Questions and Some Answers

Transitional kindergarten continues to be a hot topic among educators, legislators, and parents alike. We’re reposting this blog to support discussion on this important consideration.

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Patrick Graham's picture

Read This Being a Writer Student's Story

We just wanted to point out a new entry from Forrest Elementary, which is implementing the Being a Writer program for the first time this year.

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