Books

 

Infusing Grammar into the Writing Workshop: A Guide for K-6 Teachers

Children’s ability to demonstrate the commands of Standard English across the four domains of literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening) is more important than ever; knowing how to do this outside of the traditional “kill-and-drill” approach remains elusive.

In this book, co-written with Amy Benjamin, Barb offers research-based, socio-linguistic approaches to incorporating highly engaging grammar instruction to support your writing instruction. Go beyond the basic definitions of the parts of speech, deepen your understanding of the importance of linguistic patterning and, most importantly, stay away from the worksheets!

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Nonfiction Chapter Books—Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 1

As a literacy consultant with the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Barb has contributed to the Heinemann Units of Study, along with Lucy Calkins and Kristine Mraz.

This book is part of the Writing Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing for Grade 1.

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Articles

 

Creating Healthy Relationships with Parents: A Study in Diplomacy, Support, Reflection, and Empathy

As a first-year teacher, Barb received a grant from Teachers Network, a teacher-led public policy network in New York City. Struck by how unprepared she felt to work with primary caregivers during her first months of teaching, her action research centered around how classroom teachers and primary caregivers can best work together, as they work toward the same goal of student achievement and engagement in the classroom.

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Super Power Your Time Management Skills

Managing time in a writing workshop is not always as easy as it seems. In this article, written for ASCD Express, Barb helps lay out three teacher-tested strategies to keep engagement high, stress low, and instructional time meaningful.

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