The Danger of Teaching Writing Through Prompts

Writing prompts are one of those enduring teaching practices that seem great in theory, but in practice do not support young writers. This is a teaching practice that I continue to see in lesson plans as well as in the classroom during writing time. Prompts give the feeling of control over what is being taughtContinue reading “The Danger of Teaching Writing Through Prompts”

Be Concrete About What You Want to Accomplish

A new semester is about to begin. This is often an exciting time for my students because they are looking forward to their new classes and more opportunities to learn about teaching and work with and learn from elementary students. This semester marks another that will look different than usual – with classes being heldContinue reading “Be Concrete About What You Want to Accomplish”

Classroom Solutions: Solving Problems as They Arise in the Literacy Classroom

Today’s post is a question that I recently received. A teacher writes:  I feel like all of the joy has been sucked out of teaching this year due to the restrictions and the increased emphasis on safety. For example, I feel like I am required to have the students wash their hands constantly over teachingContinue reading “Classroom Solutions: Solving Problems as They Arise in the Literacy Classroom”

How a Morning Message Upped My Zoom Teaching

Each week, one of my classes comes into the Zoom classroom muted and with their video off. I have (politely) asked the students to turn their cameras on, especially during the discussion portion of the class. Yet, many of the students continue to leave their cameras off. It has been a point of frustration toContinue reading “How a Morning Message Upped My Zoom Teaching”

Are You a Good Listener?

Four Steps to Learn About Students Through Listening This past week, I had my students read an article about assessing students at the beginning of the school year and the article described listening to students as a form of assessment. I was met with skepticism about the idea that listening to students can be aContinue reading “Are You a Good Listener?”