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How-To: Teach Literacy Instruction and Teacher Collaboration

Read Sarah's research article:

Teacher Talk: Collaborative Conversations About Second Grade Readers
Would student achievement increase if I planned my reading workshop with another colleague? Would our talk about both of our students help us get a better handle on the strategies each child controlled, and the strategies they needed to refine in order to meet these standards? It is not typical for teachers to work together in this way; to talk about individual students, to make decisions together and help teach each other's students. But I wondered if these extra conversations would help both of us become better teachers and help our students achieve higher levels.

Learn what Sarah found out about teacher collaboration in her action research paper:

Research Summary
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Full Paper (PDF file)

How to Assess Small Group Conversation About Text

Reading Workshop: Character Study

Non-Fiction Reading: Grade 3

How To Quantify Reading Progress With A Letter Grade While Teaching In A Reading Workshop

How to Teach Independence: The Key to Teaching Small Groups in Reading Workshop

Other articles on literacy

What Is Guided Reading and Why Should I Use It in My Classroom? Lisa North

Read Sarah's articles on teacher collaboration

How To Collaboratively Design Year Long Curriculum Maps 

How to Find a CTT Match

Eyes Wide Open: Making the most of your time to observe

Divide and Conquer: How to use any extra help you can get

Walk the Walk: How to look at and learn from student writing work

Talk the Talk: How to look at and learn from student writing work

I Want to Hold Your Hand: Tips for finding a collaborative partner

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Sarah Picard taught at NYC's P.S. 126, a region 9 school on Manhattan's lower east side. Her research interests lie in the power of teacher collaboration on student achievement in the field of literacy.


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