Library of Making the Standards Come Alive!

Heather Clayton

Making the Standards Come Alive! is a must read for any educator committed to ensuring that students’ engagement and achievement levels are significantly increased. The author, Heather Clayton, principal of Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford Central School District, New York, explores strategies that can help us design instruction based on rigorous standards in ways that maximize their positive impact on student learning. We encourage you to use entire issues to promote thought-provoking discussions and use key points as handy inserts in newsletters or posts on district and school websites. We love to read your tweets and your posts on Facebook and Pinterest about points you find thought-provoking and/or helpful. Subscribe Now!



Boost Writing Production and Engagement

In this issue Heather writes, “As we return to another school year, there will still be many unknowns. What we do know, however, is that our students deserve the promise of sound instructional practices that meet them where they are and prepare them for what’s to come. Now, more than ever, it the time to have predictable routines, opportunities to build stamina, and classrooms where it is safe to take risks as learners. One way to do this is through the use of daily Quickwrites.

In his book, Conditions for Learning, Brian Cambourne shares how “The majority of teachers frame writing as a medium for communication. Very few frame it as a medium for thinking, learning and solving problems.” However, that is precisely what writing should be for our students: the opportunity to think on the page and put writing to paper every day, rather than spending their time thinking about what to write. According to author Paula Bourque, “Frequent short bursts of writing throughout the day give our students more time to think on paper with greater automaticity, fluency, and agency to discover what they know.”

Read this issue to learn more about the benefits of quickwrites and how to implement them in the classroom.