Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

John Sinnett's Kindergarten Class

Making Connections


Writer's Journal

Video Summary

The Teacher and the Class

Analyzing the Video

Making Connections

Selected Resources

Here are some opportunities to apply and extend what you've seen.


Read This Article

Compare this article on the connection between drawing and writing with what you observed in Mr. Sinnett's classroom.

Drawing on Experience Part 1 | 2 | 3 (PDFs)
Da Silva, K. E. "Drawing on Experience: Connecting Art and Language." Primary Voices 10, no. 2 (2001): 2-9. Urbana, Ill.: National Council of Teachers of English.

Copyright 2001 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Used with permission.


Watch These Videos

View the other kindergarten tapes, "Becoming Readers and Writers" and "Building Oral Language," and compare how these three teachers teach writing. How do these teachers' approaches relate to your philosophy about the development of very young writers?

For more information, see Becoming Readers and Writers and Building Oral Language.


Take It Back to the Classroom

Identify one element or strategy from Mr. Sinnett's classroom that you would like to try in your own classroom. List supports or resources that you would need to implement it. Use the Classroom Strategy Planner (PDF). If you are participating in a study group, share what happened when you tried out the new strategy. Or keep a reflective journal of your experience, focusing on the benefits to you and to your students.

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