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How is it an 8-year-old can do that?

How is it an 8-year-old can do that?

Visitors in our Long-View math classes often inquire about the ages of the children, because it is surprising to see such young children engaged in high-level content. How is it that an 8-year-old can do that?

The answer begins with letting go of developmental constraints previously imposed on young learners....

Reading and Writing Workshop Off to a Great Start

Reading and Writing Workshop Off to a Great Start

We have had a  wonderful start to the year in literacy and are excited by what our readers and writers will accomplish this year. Our literacy block consists of reading and writing, and we use a workshop format to teach both. We stand on the shoulders of the great work of Teachers College Reading and Writing Project out of Columbia University to inspire us and inform our practices. This organization has an amazing research base and a strong focus on helping kids do the work of real readers and real writers.

This last week students have been learning about how workshop goes, as well as why we use this practice. They have settled in nicely, reading intently in books of their choice throughout our first hour and then generating ideas and writing furiously in their writers' notebooks (or on chromebooks) while in writing workshop....