The Best-Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engage Kids, Activate Learning, Grow Fluent Writers . . . K-12

The Best-Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engage Kids, Activate Learning, Grow Fluent Writers . . . K-12

by Harvey "Smokey" A. Daniels, Elaine Daniels

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Your fast-track to student engagement

Everywhere Smokey Daniels speaks, there’s one teaching strategy that teachers embrace above all others. That single method for transforming students from passive spectators into active learners . . . for evoking curiosity, inspiring critical thinking, and building powerful writers along the way. Now, that best-kept teaching secret is revealed: Written Conversations. Smokey and coauthor Elaine Daniels describe how to leverage these “silent writing-to-learn discussions” structure by  structure 

  • Mini-memos
  • Dialogue journals
  • Write-arounds
  • Digital discussions

. . . with detailed descriptions, lessons, and annotated student samples—making this the most practical teaching book in recent memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483332871
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/19/2013
Series: Corwin Literacy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 26 MB
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About the Author

The author or coauthor of 18 books for teachers, Harvey Daniels, also known as “Smokey,” has been a professor, researcher, consultant, and teacher coach over his 43-year career. These days, he serves as a conference speaker, school district consultant, and demonstration teacher in schools around the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, Smokey was presented with the NCTE  Exemplary Leader Award.

See Smokey reveal his best-kept secret to Ellin Keene.

Elaine Daniels has been a reading and writing teacher and teacher literacy educator throughout her career. A former high school English teacher, she graduated to teaching in college and graduate programs, first at National-Louis University in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, then at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she taught literacy education courses. Elaine now teaches in the Developmental Reading and Writing Programs at Santa Fe Community College, where her students teach her new ideas, old ways of being, and places on the map she’s never heard of.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Letters Leverage Learning
A New Old Idea
Those Letters Are Cute, But . . .
Kid-to-Kid Letters About the Curriculum
Meeting the Common Core State Standards With Letters
Engagement, Best Practice, and Written Conversations
How the Book Is Organized
Let the Student Samples Teach You
Chapter 2. A Community of Correspondents
We've Got Mail
Back-to-School Letters
Parent and Kid Letters
Message Boards
Classroom Stationery
Topic Journals
Classroom and School Mail Systems
Teacher-Student Friendly Letters
Student-Student Friendly Letters
Kid-to-Kid Friendly Letters
Multi-Age Friendly Letters
INTERCHAPTER: Prompts and Stems for Written Conversations
Chapter 3. Mini Memos
Quick Look: Exit Notes
Launching Lesson: Admit Notes
Morning Message
General Instructions for Mini Memos
Start-Up Notes
Admit Notes
Writing Breaks
Exit Notes
INTERCHAPTER: Is There Time for This?
Chapter 4. Dialogue Journals
Quick Look
Launching Lesson
General Instructions for "Live" Dialogue Journals
Adjustments for "Takeaway" Dialogue Journals
Teacher-Student Dialogues
Student-Student Dialogues
Dialogue Journals Across the Curriculum
Feedback Loops
Teacher Response to Student Writing
Multi-Age Dialogue Journals
Management Tips for Dialogue Journals
INTERCHAPTER: The Assessment of Written Conversations
Chapter 5. Write-Arounds
Quick Look
Launching Lesson
Drawn Conversations
General Instructions for a Write-Around
Silent Literature Circles
Content-Area Write-Arounds
Text on Text
Management Tips for Write-Arounds
Chapter 6. Digital Discussions
Quick Look: Texted Discussions
Launching Lesson: Photo Journals
General Instructions for Digital Discussions
Lab Letters
Online Partnerships
Email and Farewell
Management Tips for Digital Discussions
Works Cited

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