Author Archives: Alison

How to Use Detailed Rubrics to Guide Your Writing Instruction

How to Use Detailed Rubrics to Guide Your Writing Instruction

A detailed writing rubric is worth its weight in gold! (Actually…maybe it’s worth a lot more than that, because a sheet of paper doesn’t weigh very much. 😝) But anyway…you get what I’m saying! Detailed writing rubrics are very valuable, because they a) help us get a clear picture of how students are doing (much more…Continue Reading

How to Assess K-2 Students’ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

How to Assess K-2 Students’ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

In the writing workshop model, assessing or grading students’ writing can be a challenge. Students are typically choosing different topics, selecting which strategies they want to apply, finishing their writing at different times…it can feel a little “all over the place.” So how do you assess their work in a consistent, easy-to-manage way? My personal…Continue Reading

3 Literacy Organizations to Support With Your Holiday—or Any Time of Year—Giving!

3 Literacy Organizations to Support With Your Holiday—or Any Time of Year—Giving!

Around this time of year, many people are looking to make charitable donations. I like to donate to causes that mean a lot to me personally. So in today’s brief post, I’m sharing 3 literacy organizations that I support! 1. ReadWorks ReadWorks provides amazing (and FREE) reading passages, lessons, and digital reading resources to K-12…Continue Reading

3 Books to Read When You Want to Feel Re-energized about Teaching!

3 Books to Read When You Want to Feel Re-energized about Teaching!

Looking to feel re-energized about teaching? Need a little inspiration? I’ve got 3 great books to share with you today! I will warn you—this post includes an odd medley of texts! 🙂 I’ve included a memoir, a professional development book, and a children’s book. While these three texts are very different from each other, they…Continue Reading

5 Strategies to Try When You Feel Frustrated by Your Students’ Behavior (for K-2)

5 Strategies to Try When You Feel Frustrated by Your Students’ Behavior (for K-2)

Have you ever felt frustrated by your students’ behavior? Maybe you have a difficult class this year. Or maybe your otherwise well-behaved students are getting a little squirrelly as the holidays approach. Whatever the case may be, if you get frustrated with your students’ behavior sometimes, you’re not alone. It happens to me more often…Continue Reading