March 31. 2017
The best kind of professional development is not a “one off,” but consists of an ongoing series that supports growth in expertise over time.
March 30. 2017
Talk permeates each instructional context; and the talk is different within each. There are different opportunities for learning across this design but all contribute to the goal of creating active, thoughtful readers and writers.
March 1. 2017
Learning deepens when students think, talk, read, and write about authentic texts across many different instructional contexts.
February 17. 2017
Text analysis and close observation of behaviors are the most important resources for your moment-to-moment teaching in guided reading.
February 16. 2017
You select language in response to the reading behaviors you observe.
February 10. 2017
When teachers systematically observe the literacy strengths and needs of all students, it can inform instruction and teaching can be powerful and responsive.
February 9. 2017
Observations help teachers notice patterns in students development as readers as they process increasingly challenging texts.
February 8. 2017
Without a system of gaining information about each reader, you will be teaching without the children.
February 6. 2017
Observations and analytic thinking are essential because they make it possible for you to do your most powerful teaching.
February 3. 2017
If you use facilitative talk frequently, you will internalize it and use it naturally to respond to the behaviors you observe.