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

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"Written in a light conversational style, The Best-Kept Teaching Secret brims with jottings written by children and with an armful of ways you can use letter writing to revitalize your teaching. Readers who have come to trust Smokey's ...

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

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Overview

"Written in a light conversational style, The Best-Kept Teaching Secret brims with jottings written by children and with an armful of ways you can use letter writing to revitalize your teaching. Readers who have come to trust Smokey's grounding in classrooms will find that once again, he draws upon a rich repertoire of stories and methods drawn from the hurly burl of classrooms."

-Lucy Calkins, Author of Units of Study for Teaching Writing and Coauthor of Pathways to the Common Core



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.


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.

Elaine Daniels began as a high school English teacher at Lake Forest High School, where it was rumored that her former teacher advisor and fellow staff member, Smokey Daniels, gave her a positive recommendation. After XX years at National-Louis University, Elaine now teaches at Santa Fe Community College. This is her first professional collaboration, with Smokey, already a pretty great partner.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeff Anderson
“Engaging, enchanting, elegant, and totally practical. This little book is a gift to any teacher or school who wants students to write and think and communicate more—instantly. The tweaks to the written conversation strategies are fresh, stimulating, and easy to implement. Open it and start the conversation.”
Linda Hoyt
“Smokey and Elaine pave the way to increasingly sophisticated communication and thinking by cracking open their secrets for successful written conversations. This book is loaded with fabulous student writing samples, tips for instructional success, and so many great ideas that you won’t be able to resist making written conversations an integral component of every learning day.”
Kelly Gallagher
“Smokey and Elaine Daniels let the secret out: when students participate in written conversations, they generate new and deeper thinking. The easy-to-implement strategies found in this book place writing where it belongs— in the forefront of the classroom— and in doing so ensure your students will be involved in active, engaged learning. Better yet, your students will actually look forward to writing. And reading, too! I recommend this book for all teachers looking for ways to deepen their students' thinking through writing. "
Ellin Keene
“Simple and brilliant! Smokey and Elaine invite us to capitalize on kids’ natural urge to write to each other. The tactics they describe in this book are easy to implement and will have a huge impact the minute you deploy them. The book is brimming with examples from preschoolers to college English classes. You will laugh out loud when Marco writes ‘Am I a plant?’ and covet comments like ‘I would be excited if we did more things like this’ from a high schooler!”
Lucy Calkins
"Written in a light conversational style, The Best-Kept Teaching Secret brims with jottings written by children and with an armful of ways you can use letter writing to revitalize your teaching. Readers who have come to trust Smokey's grounding in classrooms will find that once again, he draws upon a rich repertoire of stories and methods drawn from the hurly burl of classrooms. "
Penny Kittle
“The Best-Kept Teaching Secret is brimming with the energy and heart of good teaching. . . . Smokey and Elaine anticipate your questions and answer every one. There are connections to the Common Core State Standards and student samples that range from handwritten notes to collaborative online conversations. There is vision here and plenty of smart thinking. Such a useful book. I can't wait to share it.”
Tanny Mc Gregor
"Written Conversations stand the test of time, and Smokey and Elaine prove it here. So bring on the new standards and ever-changing technology! The more things change, the more best teaching practices stay the same. "
Katie Wood Ray
“The real gift of The Best-Kept Teaching Secret is it offers teachers a principled and powerful teaching tool adaptable in myriad different ways across all content areas. With the tool of written conversation in hand, teachers at any grade level are ready to engage students with increasingly rigorous content standards. All this, and the book itself is such a pleasure to read with its conversational tone and beautiful design and layout.”
Tanny McGregor
"Written Conversations stand the test of time, and Smokey and Elaine prove it here. So bring on the new standards and ever-changing technology! The more things change, the more best teaching practices stay the same."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483332871
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 447,436
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet 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 began as a high school English teacher at Lake Forest High School, where it was rumored that her former teacher advisor and fellow staff member, Smokey Daniels, gave her a positive recommendation. After XX years at National-Louis University, Elaine now teaches at Santa Fe Community College. This is her first professional collaboration, with Smokey, already a pretty great partner.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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
Shields
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
Definition
Variations
Origins
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
Definition
Variations
Origins
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
Definition
Variations
Origins
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
Definition
Variations
Origins
Quick Look: Texted Discussions
Launching Lesson: Photo Journals
General Instructions for Digital Discussions
Lab Letters
Blogs
Online Partnerships
Email and Farewell
Management Tips for Digital Discussions
Works Cited
Index
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