What Works in Education? Let’s Do That!

what works in education It’s an exciting day around here because it’s the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Oh boy!

I love this time of year. January 1st means little to me. For those of us who call ourselves educators, the “new year” starts when the school buses start rolling again. Everyone is fresh-faced and full of excitement. For those of us who teach, it’s a chance to reinvent ourselves and our methods once again.

I’m back to full steam with this little blog too- as usual, I have more ideas for you than time. As I sat down over the weekend to gather my thoughts, I filled a page with things I want to share with you; new research, puppet ideas, movement based lessons, arts integration concepts… wowee!

Ultimately though, I kept coming back to a little slogan that popped into my mind and wouldn’t go away.

It’s nothing earth-shattering at all. Ready? [Read more…]

Overcoming Obstacles to Writing Workshop

Overcoming Obstacles to Writing Workshop - Management Tips

My previous posts on Writing Workshop have generated a greater than normal amount of feedback from you, my faithful readers. Several of you contacted me with questions and requests for more information. A few themes emerged (How do I find the time? What about management?) so I decided to consult my friend (and expert writing teacher) Carol Cook.

First, know that I write this post under the impression that you already believe in Writing Workshop as a best practice. If you need more convincing, read the following:

What Do Kids Need To Learn About Writing?

What Is Writing Workshop? An Overview

Writing Workshop is a “Kid-Changer”

Architecture of a Mini-Lesson

Now then. Let’s assume you are “all in” in terms of want-to but you need some help with the how-to. I asked Carol to talk about the common obstacles teachers face when implementing WW and share her suggestions for overcoming them. Her answers are paraphrased below. [Read more…]

Build Community With Class Books: Photo-Based Book Ideas

Photo Book Ideas for Class Publishing Photo Credit: JayRaz via Flickr, CCL 2013

Photography is a powerful medium that motivates children and easily connects to writing. Kids love to take photos and see themselves featured in books. Additionally, the photos themselves offer a powerful scaffold for writing as the content is already suggested by the image.

Here are two simple and engaging projects that will introduce photography to your students.

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