Let’s Work Together!

With every chapter that ends, a new chapter begins. We are happy to announce that we are available to work in your school or district beginning Fall/Winter 2016.

We offer a variety support, such as:

  • On-site Professional Development
  • Classroom Demonstration Teaching & Coaching
  • Daylong Workshops
  • Distance Learning

We are excited (and a little nervous) to begin this new adventure. We would like to give a huge thank you to people who have rushed in to book work with us immediately – you have grounded us in new possibilities for this next adventure!

If you are new to us, feel free to take some time here on our blog to get a sense of the work we do, the educators we are, and what we might have to offer your team.

Keep on the lookout for our new website which is launching soon. In the meantime, you can contact us at kateandmaggie2@gmail.com, here and through Twitter (@teachkate and @MaggieBRoberts).

With gratitude,

-Kate & Maggie

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 8

Here we are at episode 8 of our DIY Literacy video series! Here are some DIY teaching tools people have been posting this week:

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Thank you all for sharing! Keep sharing your teaching tools after this last episode of our video series by using the hashtag #DIYLiteracy on social media (and you can always email us a photo at kateandmaggie2@gmail.com). We love to see what you are making and using in your classrooms!

This week’s problem is from Tassia Hegyi, an 8th grade literacy teacher at Forest Park Middle School in Franklin, WI. She writes : 

Problem of the Week  – Our 7-8 literacy team is very interested in your latest post on Indent, and have a question for you about Narrative reading. How do we steer kids away from writing cliche themes? Our students have great pieces of advice, but we think they’ve gathered all these wonderful themes from every dramatic sports film out there:

Treat people the way that you would like to be treated
Never give up!
Sometimes in life, you shouldn’t give up.
Be strong, stay strong.
Just do it.
You never know who to trust.

YIKES!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic to help us steer our students away from being movie star one-liners to readers who can develop specific themes.

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Demonstration Notebook Page

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

It’s been a ton of fun making this video series! It’s been even more wonderful to watch all the DIY teaching tools come in from many of you. Your enthusiasm, creativity, and knack for teaching is a joy to take part in – thank you for all that you have shared with this #DIYLiteracy series!

As always, thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/167163007″>DIY Literacy Video Series Episode 8</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A Goodbye.

Goodbyes are never easy, and this one is no different.

We have worked for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for a decade and change. Our work there has shaped us into the educators we are today – it incubated us when we were new to this work, molded us when we faced challenges, mentored us when we needed guidance. We have been raised by this organization, and now it is time for us to leave.

Our life is changing and we need to move, and so we say goodbye to a stunning group of mentors, colleagues and staff. We say goodbye to Lucy Calkins, who in many ways has created the conditions for our entire life – she employed us and taught us; we met while working with her; she supported our family building. She is far more than a boss and we are eternally grateful to her. We say goodbye to Kathleen Tolan, who has tough-loved and coached us into much better versions of ourselves. We say goodbye to Mary Ehrenworth, our middle school muse, who has inspired and cheered us on over the years. We say goodbye to Laurie Pessah, who has helped over and over again to make this job work for a growing family, who has understood our needs and tried to meet them while juggling about forty million other needs. We say goodbye to Amanda Hartman, who has inspired us greatly with her passion for life, travel, teaching and friendship.

And we say goodbye to our colleagues and friends – too many to mention here of course. You will hear this refrain from anyone who has left the Project: it is the most hardworking, generous group of people around. From 3am panicked emails that are answered in minutes, to hilarious memes and year-long jokes texted across the day, to deep friendships that have grown over the years, we will miss the consistent brilliance and support and humor that comes from being a member of team TCRWP.

This is not a goodbye on the bridge of a ship venturing off into the unknown. We hope it is more like college kids heading off for their first semester away from home. We will be gone, we are headed off into a new chapter of our lives, but we are still very much connected. And we hope to come home every once in awhile for a good home cooked meal.

More announcements to follow, more changes are afoot. But for now, we give everyone at the Reading and Writing Project a big old bear hug and a full, hearty thank you.

Love,

Kate and Maggie

 

 

 

 

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 7

Welcome to the 7th episode of our DIY Literacy video series! Here are some DIY teaching tools people have been posting this week:

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Thank you all for sharing! Keep sharing your teaching tools using the hashtag #DIYLiteracy on social media (and you can always email us a photo at kateandmaggie2@gmail.com).

This week’s problem is from Courtney Al Moreno, Middle School Literacy Coach (on behalf of the Middle School Humanities teachers at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India). They write: 

Problem of the Week  – One of the biggest issues we face with our students is getting the kids to use mentor texts independently.  Our teachers introduce mentor texts in their mini lessons, they go over them with students while conferring and in small groups, they give students copies of the class mentor texts and time for the kids to gather their own mentor texts…you get the picture: mentor texts are being used and when you ask the kids what the most powerful thing has been in Humanities class, many of them say, “mentor texts.”

But it seems like as soon as the teacher isn’t there, the students forget to utilize the strategy on their own.  Do you have any recommendations about how to empower kids to utilize mentor texts independently?

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Process Chart

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Here are links to the professional texts we shout out in the episode – must haves!

Thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/166295341″>DIY Literacy Video Series Episode 7</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 6

Welcome to the 6th episode of our DIY Literacy video series! Here are some DIY teaching tools people have been posting this week:

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Darcy Gleisberg sent in a beautifully authentic micro-progression she made during those last precious hours of the day:

MicroProgression Poetry Analysis Darcy Gleisberg

Micro-progression for Poetry Analysis by Darcy Gleisberg

She writes in her email:

In the spirit of DIY, here is my unpolished micro-progression on poetry analysis.  I’m using it today, and I think it’s helped kids focus on what it means to lift the level of their analysis.  I coupled it with the ranking of three student samples and the writing of their own analysis of a poem with the progression in mind.  The tip I give them is replacing ‘this shows’ or ‘this quote shows’ with a specific word, phrase or device.  I also give them the analogy of a lawyer who says, “This shows my client is innocent” vs. “The DNA test conducted on April 13th was not a match to my client, who is therefore, innocent.”

Thank you all for sharing! Keep sharing your teaching tools using the hashtag #DIYLiteracy on social media (and you can always email us a photo at kateandmaggie2@gmail.com).

This week’s problem is from Jen Wevodau and Susan Hughes, middle school teachers from Souderton, PA. They write: 

Problem of the Week  –MOTIVATION! My co-teacher and I struggle on a daily basis getting our kids motivated to work more independently in our everyday workshops. We find there are about 2-3 students who tend to “carry” the rest of the class.  Too often we hear the crickets chirping, the blank faces staring at us, and the uncomfortable silence that follows a question.  We need help to help our kids get motivated to work more independently!

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Micro-progression

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/165287792″>DIY Literacy Episode 6</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 5

Welcome to the fifth episode of our DIY Literacy video series. Check out some of the latest #DIYLiteracy teaching tools people have been making and sharing this week!

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KEEP YOUR DIY TOOLS COMING! As you make your own DIY teaching tools,please share them by…

  1. Using the hashtag #DIYLiteracy when you post them on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  2. Upload your teaching tool to our DIY Literacy Google Drive Folder for others to see OR
  3. You can also email the photo of your teaching tool here kateandmaggie2@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to post them for you.

Here is a list of our social media sites so we can stay connected:

Each week we tackle a new problem that you sent in. Then, we match that problem with a teaching tool that can help. This week’s problem is from Los Angeles, CA sent to us from Angela Bae, a literacy coach.

Problem of the Week  –  We’ve all been there. We are sitting with a student and are left struggling to figure out what to teach him or her! This week’s problem focuses on teaching and conferring with higher level readers. It’s the struggle to know what to teach more proficient readers, especially if we don’t have a ton of background knowledge on reading strategies, skills or literary practices.

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Student-Led Bookmark

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/164494317″>DIY Literacy Episode 5</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode Four

Welcome to the fourth episode of our DIY Literacy video series. People have been sending in their #DIYLiteracy teaching tools this week – check some out!

 

KEEP YOUR DIY TOOLS COMING! As you make your own DIY teaching tools,please share them by…

  1. Using the hashtag #DIYLiteracy when you post them on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  2. Upload your teaching tool to our DIY Literacy Google Drive Folder for others to see OR
  3. You can also email the photo of your teaching tool here kateandmaggie2@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to post them for you.

Here is a list of our social media sites so we can stay connected:

Each week we tackle a new problem that you sent in. Then, we match that problem with a teaching tool that can help. We are returning to a popular tool this week based on the problem sent in from Laura Weber, 8th grade teacher at Forest Park Middle School in Franklin, WI:

Problem of the Week  – Laura’s 8th graders are having trouble showing in their writing…instead they are just telling what happened. For example, when describing a character in a narrative scene, kids are telling all about the character, and not showing him or her in action. Like this: Mark was an average kid, decent grades, good friends, but Mark always knew he was different, and hated it. Laura wants to help her kids move from just describing their characters to showing them in action.

Teaching Tool of the Week – The Demonstration Notebook

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/163485213″>DIY Literacy Episode 4</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode Three

Welcome to the third episode of our DIY Literacy video series. Something great is happening – people are starting to share and send in their own versions of teaching tools that we’ve been featuring in this series!

Like this one, from Tricia Ebarvia in Berwyn, PA:

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Tricia generously shares a link to the file for download. You can find it here. Check out her recent and full blog posts on this work, here and here

KEEP YOUR DIY TOOLS COMING! As you make your own DIY teaching tools,please share them. Let’s create a digital gallery of your teaching tools by…

  1. Using the hashtag #DIYLiteracy when you post them on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  2. Upload your teaching tool to our DIY Literacy Google Drive Folder for others to see OR
  3. You can also email the photo of your teaching tool here kateandmaggie2@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to post them for you.

Here is a list of our social media sites so we can stay connected:

 

As you know, each week we tackle a new problem that you sent in. Then, we match that problem with a teaching tool that can help. We are featuring a different tool this week based on the problem sent in from Jen from CT, a 6th grade reading teacher at Mansfield Middle School:

Problem of the Week  – Students are successful at stating an opinion or thought and then giving the appropriate text evidence as support. However, they are struggling to explain why the evidence supports their opinion or thought. They are struggling with analysis of evidence.

Teaching Tool of the Week – A Micro-Progression 

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/162706681″>DIY Literacy Video Series Episode 3</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode of our DIY Literacy video series! We are honored that you are watching and responding to this series. There is a lot of excitement around the demonstration notebooks and more episodes will feature working with that tool. Thanks for all the comments!

As you know, each week we tackle a new problem that you sent in. Then, we match that problem with a teaching tool that can help. We are featuring a different tool this week based on the problem sent in from North Carolina teachers, Emily Rietz and Lilla Clark:

Problem of the Week  – Readers are in a slump with their reading notebooks. Despite being taught lots of creative ways to respond to their reading, Emily and Lilla notice their students gravitating to only retelling the plots in their books. They are struggling to have students respond to their reading with variety and choice.

Teaching Tool of the Week – A teaching chart.

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Thanks for watching!

-Kate and Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/161859378″>DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 2</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

DIY Literacy Video Series – Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of our DIY Literacy video series!

This series will take place for the next eight weeks. Each week we take on a problem YOU sent to us. (Thank you!) This series is squarely in the spirit of Do It Yourself –  please forgive any rough cuts. (And huge thanks to Adam Garcia for helping us along the way!)

Problem of the Week  – Writers aren’t using much punctuation as they write. They struggle to use punctuation independently.

Teaching Tool of the Week – A demonstration notebook

You can find a download of the teaching tool here.

Thanks for watching!

-Kate & Maggie


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/160963829″>DIY Literacy Video Series Episode 1</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50344348″>Kate &amp; Maggie Roberts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>