The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

Real Strategies for the Real Classroom

Author: Maria Colleen Cruz

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325062488

Category: Education

Page: 176

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Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz has seen it all and done it all in the writing classroom-and she's got something to admit: this is hard work. Real hard. In The Unstoppable Writing Teacher she takes on the common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem solving each one. From dealing with writing workshop skeptics to working with students both gifted and challenged, and of course combating that eternal barrier-lack of time-Colleen offers tried-and-true strategies to address and overcome obstacles. For the struggles unique to you, she includes a "Name Your Monster" section that helps you identify your own individual roadblocks and even offers sustainable support through her blog, colleencruz.com. "We can't solve all the problems we're faced with in writing instruction," Colleen promises, "but we can choose how to respond to them. And our responses will make all the difference." What makes you unstoppable, or what's stopping you? Connect with Colleen on her blog at www.colleencruz.com/blog.htm or on Twitter, #unstoppablewritingteacher.
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Independent Writing

One Teacher--thirty-two Needs, Topics, and Plans

Author: Maria Colleen Cruz

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325005409

Category: Education

Page: 182

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Presents teacher's notes, examples, and advice for a year of writing instruction.
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Spelling K-8

Planning and Teaching

Author: Diane Snowball,Faye Bolton

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571100741

Category: Education

Page: 267

View: 9356

Offers a spelling curriculum at the whole-school level in addition to plans for each grade.
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Literacy Instruction for Adolescents

Research-Based Practice

Author: Karen D. Wood,William E. Blanton

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606233815

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 526

View: 4497

Thorough and accessible, this professional resource and text shows how the latest research in adolescent literacy can be translated into effective practice in middle and high school classrooms. Leading authorities discuss findings on the adolescent learner, addressing such essential topics as comprehension, content-area literacy, differentiated instruction, gender differences in literacy learning, and English language learners. With a focus on evidence-based methods, coverage ranges from techniques for building digital literacy and comprehension skills to strategies for flexible grouping and writing instruction. Ideal for courses in adolescent literacy, each chapter includes guiding questions, discussion questions, and classroom examples.
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A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers, 5-8

Author: Christopher Lehman,Lucy Calkins

Publisher: Firsthand

ISBN: 9780325042800

Category: Education

Page: 78

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Middle schoolers can be the masters of disengagement. Recognizing that all students, adept and struggling writers alike, lose steam at times and need a revitalizing jump start, Christopher Lehman offers effective, developmentally-appropriate fixes for addressing situations that frequently sidetrack or distract adolescent writers. Organized as a practical on-the-go teaching reference, the first four chapters offer strategies for counteracting commonplace situations that can regularly spring up and disengage middle school writers such as: - writers who seem to have an almost "allergic" reaction to the writing process - writers who "cannot possibly find anything to write about" - writers who "talk, talk, talk the writing time away" - writers who need constant approval before moving on. The final chapter offers an inquiry-based study guide that supports teachers in collaborating on and customizing strategies for reviving the disengaged writers in their learning communities. A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers is part of the Workshop Help Desk series. About the Workshop Help Desk series The Workshop Help Desk series is designed for teachers who believe in workshop teaching and who have already rolled up their sleeves enough to have encountered the predictable challenges. If you've struggled to get around quickly enough to help all your students, if you've wondered how to tweak your teaching to make it more effective and lasting, if you've needed to adapt your teaching for English learners, if you've struggled to teach grammar or nonfiction writing or test prep...if you've faced these and other specific, pressing challenges, then this series is for you. Provided in a compact 5" x 7" format, the Workshop Help Desk series offers pocket-sized professional development. For a comprehensive overview of the Units of Study for Teaching Writing series, including sample minilessons, sample videos, overview presentations, frequently asked questions, and information on the companion principal's guide and the Workshop Help Desk series visit unitsofstudy.com.
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Self-Directed Writers

The Third Essential Element in the Writing Workshop

Author: Leah Mermelstein

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325048000

Category: Education

Page: 136

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"I'm done. What should I do now?" If you hear this question all too often during the independent work portion of writing workshop, Leah Mermelstein has a solution for making this time more productive for both students and teachers. Mermelstein argues that the "third essential element," creating self-directed writers, is key to the success of writing workshops. Using a wealth of classroom anecdotes, student samples, and specific teaching language, Mermelstein illustrates how even the youngest students can become self-directed learners. Her strategies include: creating an appropriate physical environment along with daily rituals and routines, scaffolding instruction with write-alouds and interactive writing; and planning unites, focus lessons, conferences, and shares that are aimed at helping kids become self-directed.
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Border Crossing

Author: Maria Colleen Cruz

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

ISBN: 9781558856455

Category: JUVENILE FICTION

Page: 130

View: 5871

Eleven-year-old Cesi knows all about her mother's Cherokee and Irish family but little about her father's Mexican heritage, and when she finds no answers at home in California, she sets out on alone for Tijuana.
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Literacy Essentials

Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners

Author: Regie Routman

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1625310374

Category: Education

Page: 482

View: 8744

First edition published: Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association, 2012, under title Literacy and learning lessons from a longtime teacher.
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Emergent Literacy and Language Development

Promoting Learning in Early Childhood

Author: Paula M. Rhyner

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606233653

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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This concise, accessible book explores the connection between language acquisition and emergent literacy skills, and how this sets the stage for later literacy development. Chapters address formative early experiences such as speaking and listening, being read to, and talking about print concepts and the alphabet. Written for early childhood professionals, reading specialists, and speech–language pathologists, the book describes effective assessment and instructional approaches for fostering language learning and emergent literacy in typically developing children and those at risk for language delays. Vivid case examples illustrate specific ways to collaborate with parents to give all children a strong foundation for school readiness and success.
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Write Like this

Teaching Real-world Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts

Author: Kelly Gallagher

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571108963

Category: Education

Page: 264

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Recognizing the importance that modeling plays in the learning process, high school English teacher Kelly Gallagher shares how he gets his students to stand next to and pay close attention to model writers, and how doing so elevates his students' writing abilities. --from publisher description.
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A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5

Author: Maria Colleen Cruz,Lucy Calkins

Publisher: Firsthand Books

ISBN: 9780325025957

Category: Education

Page: 81

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In A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers Colleen Cruz shows how to stop struggling with writers who struggle. You'll find effective support for students who say: I'm not a good writer; My hand hurts; I don't know how to spell; I don't have anything to write about; I never get to write anything I want to write; I'm done. A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers is part of the Workshop Help Desk series. About the Workshop Help Desk series The Workshop Help Desk series is designed for teachers who believe in workshop teaching and who have already rolled up their sleeves enough to have encountered the predictable challenges. If you've struggled to get around quickly enough to help all your writers, if you've wondered how to tweak your teaching to make it more effective and lasting, if you've needed to adapt your teaching for English learners, if you've struggled to teach grammar or nonfiction writing or test prep...if you've faced these and other specific, pressing challenges, then this series is for you. Provided in a compact 5" x 7" format, the Workshop Help Desk series offers pocket-sized professional development. For a comprehensive overview of the Units of Study for Teaching Writing series, including sample minilessons, sample videos, curricular calendars, overview presentations, frequently asked questions, and information on the companion principal's guide and the Workshop Help Desk series visit unitsofstudy.com.
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Best Practices in Writing Instruction

Author: Steve Graham,Charles A. MacArthur,Jill Fitzgerald

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1462508715

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 340

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Highly practical and accessible, this indispensable book provides clear-cut strategies for improving K-12 writing instruction. The contributors are leading authorities who demonstrate proven ways to teach different aspects of writing, with chapters on planning, revision, sentence construction, handwriting, spelling, and motivation. The use of the Internet in instruction is addressed, and exemplary approaches to teaching English-language learners and students with special needs are discussed. The book also offers best-practice guidelines for designing an effective writing program. Focusing on everyday applications of current scientific research, the book features many illustrative case examples and vignettes.
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Social Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Methods and Materials for Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools

Author: Jack Zevin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317748816

Category: Education

Page: 404

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Now in its 4th edition, this popular text offers practical, interesting, exciting ways to teach social studies and a multitude of instructional and professional resources for teachers. Theory, curriculum, methods, and assessment are woven into a comprehensive model for setting objectives; planning lessons, units, and courses; choosing classroom strategies; and constructing tests for some of the field's most popular and enduring programs. The reflective and integrative framework emphasizes building imagination, insight, and critical thinking into everyday classrooms; encourages problem-solving attitudes and behavior; and provokes analysis, reflection, and debate. The text includes separate chapters on teaching each of the major areas of the social studies curriculum. Throughout the text, all aspects of curriculum and instruction are viewed from a tripartite perspective that divides social studies instruction into didactic (factual), reflective (analytical), and affective (judgmental) components. These three components are seen as supporting one another, building the groundwork for taking stands on issues, past and present. At the center is the author's belief that the heart and soul of social studies instruction, perhaps all teaching, lies in stimulating the production of ideas; looking at knowledge from others' viewpoints; and formulating for oneself a set of goals, values, and beliefs that can be explained and justified in open discussion. New in the Fourth Edition: Clear links to the The National Council for the Social Studies College, Career and Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards Attention to impact of high-stakes testing, Common Core State Standards, and related ongoing developments Expanded and critical review of the use of internet, web, and PowerPoint technologies Coverage of how to incorporate the many social science, humanities, and STEM fields to enrich the social studies Updates and revisions throughout, including new research reports reflecting current findings, new examples, more media and materials resources, particularly digital resources, new and updated pedagogical features Companion Website - new for this edition
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The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game

Author: Lee Sheldon

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1435458451

Category: Education

Page: 304

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Discover how to engage your students and raise their grades and attendance in your classroom. THE MULTIPLAYER CLASSROOM: DESIGNING COURSEWORK AS A GAME is your detailed guide to designing any structured learning experience as a game. Written for professio
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Just Ask Us

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Author: Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506363296

Category: Education

Page: 256

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Based on over 1000 nationwide student surveys, these 10 deep engagement strategies help you implement achievement-based cooperative learning. Includes video and a survey sample.
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Read Write Teach

Choice and Challenge in the Reading-Writing Workshop

Author: Linda Rief

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325053608

Category: Education

Page: 258

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Veteran teacher and author Linda Rief has inspired thousands of practitioners across the nation to lead adolescent students on a journey to becoming lifelong readers and writers. In ReadWriteTeach, Linda offers the what, how, and why of a year's worth of reading and writing for middle and high school students with a framework that is as flexible as it is comprehensive. "...This book isn't a compilation of tear-out reproducibles designed to help us replicate Linda's practices," writes Maja Wilson in the foreword. "Instead, it's the most powerful gift that a master teacher can give us: the story of her thinking and feeling as she teaches." Linda's insights and beliefs are woven throughout a comprehensive overview of best literacy practices, which include: essentials in the reading-writing workshop grounding our choices in our beliefs getting to know ourselves and our students as readers and writers. Students' voices, through examples of their writing, drawing, and thinking, resonate throughout the book and characterize the thoughtful readers, writers, and citizens of the world that they become under Linda's guidance. Online companion resources include all of the handouts that Linda uses in her own classroom. Download a free sample chapter!
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For the love of words

vocabulary instruction that works, grades K-6

Author: Diane E. Paynter,Elena Bodrova,Jane K. Doty

Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub

ISBN: 9780787977849

Category: Education

Page: 215

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Provides an instructional framework for teaching the importance of vocabulary and to help students with reading comprehension.
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The Successful Teacher: 21 Strategies to Ensure Success in the Classroom

Author: Jaime Garza

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781478744504

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 86

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Success in the classroom is what every teacher strives for, but not all achieve. They pour their hearts and souls into the profession, devote long hours with minimal pay, and have the best of intentions, but in the end, almost never achieve extra-ordinary results. What is the difference between teachers who are extraordinary, the ones who have this flow, this rapport, this routine and style and the teachers who struggle with everything from classroom management to participation, to just making any type progress in general? In other words, what makes a great teacher great? That has been my driving question for the past 12 years and the reason for developing this manual you see here today. In an effort to better myself and my abilities, I delved into everything from brain-based research, to cutting edge speaking, selling, and rapport-building strategies, to even seeing how other countries handle education successfully. I spent countless hours interviewing and observing some of the greatest teachers at work, and after everything, I found some tendencies that seem to bring about the most effective results with the least effort. The order in which the strategies are covered is not significant because any strategy alone will produce immediate results. Use any one of these techniques and your success as a teacher grows geometrically, but use any combination and your success grows exponentially. After reading this manual, you will be armed with the proper strategies to help you get the most out of what you do and get the results you've always wanted. You are at this point of power to affect and change people's lives, and you now have tools in which to do it more effectively and efficiently. Build those bridges, develop those relationships, and use these strategies to become unforgettable, unstoppable and incredible.
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It's All about the Books

How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers

Author: Tammy Mulligan,Clare Landrigan

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325098135

Category: Education

Page: 192

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The term "lifelong reader" is more than a slogan or jargon in a mission statement. Lifelong readers need passion, agency, and a sense of inquiry in their reading lives. They also need books. In It's All About the Books, Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan share the systems they have developed over the last 15 years to create classroom libraries and book rooms that support both student choice and instructional goals. Getting started with designing and provisioning classroom libraries and bookrooms to support lifelong readers involves collaboration, planning, and some elbow grease! It's All About the Books is a practical yet detailed guide to creating a system where classroom libraries and bookrooms work seamlessly together to make it easy for teachers to find books to engage and scaffold all students in a school community. Each chapter includes photos, resources, book lists, and a step-by-step outline of the process so you can get started right away. From design, to inventory, to organizing, purchasing, and using these books in the classroom-they demonstrate how to make the most of what you have, and how to get what need on a budget. Every child deserves the opportunity to become a lifelong reader. It's All About the Books will help you transform how you organize books across the entire school to make each teacher's book supply seem endless in the eyes of a reader. Teachers must have easy access to what they need, when they need it, because in the life of a reader the right book at the right time makes all the difference. - Tammy and Clare want this book to impact the lives of teachers and students directly so they are donating all author royalties it generates to the Book Love Foundation. Book Love is a not-for-profit organization founded by Penny Kittle with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. Our book will now expand that goal and put books into the hands of elementary and middle grade students as well. Thank you, Penny, for allowing us to bring the heart of this book to life through your hard work and vision. -Tammy and Clare
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