In the Company of Children

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Stenhouse Publishers, 1996 - Education - 186 pages
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In schools of every description, teachers are working to turn their classrooms into reading-writing workshops. They're filling bookcases with the best of childrens literature, and students are tucking writers' notebooks into their bulging backpacks.

This new look calls for meaningful change in teaching practice, but many questions about implementing literacy workshops remain. In this clear and practical book, Joanne Hindley takes a hard look at how to make every minute count and offers specific suggestions for creating rigorous, efficient, and successful reading and writing workshops.

Grounding her story in the lives of her third graders, Joanne tackles difficult issues and offers thoughtful direction and ideas you will appreciate:

  • how to manage a productive workshop setting in a crowded classroom;
  • how to launch writer's notebooks with your students;
  • how the study of one genre can help you manage the reading/writing workshop;
  • where to get ideas for mini-lessons for the reading/writing workshop;
  • guidelines to help you improve your conferring with individual readers and writers;
  • how to assess student progress in a process-oriented classroom.

In the Company of Children is a treasure trove of fresh ideas and strategies that teachers--in service and preservice--will draw on and adapt for their own classrooms.


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TEN Learning from Our Conferring and RecordKeeping
Getting Beyond
TWELVE Inviting Students and Parents in on Assessment
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About the author (1996)

Joanne Hindley, one of the founding members of the Manhattan New School, spends her long school days teaching children and teaching teachers. To her important work at this public elementary school in New York City, Joanne brings many years' experience as a teacher of inner-city children, as a staff developer, and as a co-leader of the Teachers College Writing Project. Alongside her current role, Joanne often serves as a consultant to school districts throughout the United States, conducting demonstration lessons, leading workshops, and delivering keynote addresses.During summer months, Joanne can be found teaching at summer literacy institutes throughout the country, but she makes sure to carve out enough time between them to take care of her own reading and writing, preferably at the beach.

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