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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo brings the popular and familiar Ask format to professional development podcasts for teachers.The questions come from real teachers like you, and Jen s answers are brief, thoughtful, and succinct. Think of it as bite-sized PD, or just-in-time professional learning for teachers.Topics cover reading strategies, student engagement, reading assessment, reading conferences, read-aloud, small group instruction, guided reading, close reading, independent reading, reading workshop, book choice, motivating students, coaching, mentoring, and other topics that help teachers improve their inquiry-based and research-based teaching of reading and writing.Jennifer Serravallo is the author of several well-known books for educators, including The Reading Strategies Book, Literacy Teachers Playbook Grades 3-6, Literacy Teachers Playbook Grades K-2, Independent Reading Assessment - Fiction, Independent Reading Assessment - Non-fiction, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, and Conferring with Readers.Her website is www.jenniferserravallo.com. She is a frequent blogger and is active on Twitter @jserravallo and on other social media.

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo brings the popular and familiar Ask format to professional development podcasts for teachers.The questions come from real teachers like you, and Jen s answers are brief, thoughtful, and succinct. Think of it as bite-sized PD, or just-in-time professional learning for teachers.Topics cover reading strategies, student engagement, reading assessment, reading conferences, read-aloud, small group instruction, guided reading, close reading, independent reading, reading workshop, book choice, motivating students, coaching, mentoring, and other topics that help teachers improve their inquiry-based and research-based teaching of reading and writing.Jennifer Serravallo is the author of several well-known books for educators, including The Reading Strategies Book, Literacy Teachers Playbook Grades 3-6, Literacy Teachers Playbook Grades K-2, Independent Reading Assessment - Fiction, Independent Reading Assessment - Non-fiction, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, and Conferring with Readers.Her website is www.jenniferserravallo.com. She is a frequent blogger and is active on Twitter @jserravallo and on other social media.

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Jennifer Serravallo podcast is fabulous

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I only wish I’d found this earlier! Will there be any new episodes? I love this on so many levels. I’d love to ask a question.

Go Ahead and Ask!

By Kevlson - Sep 08 2015
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Short-form audio PD for teachers from Jennifer Serravallo!

iTunes Ratings

43 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
5
1
2
2

Jennifer Serravallo podcast is fabulous

By ateacher29 - Oct 04 2018
Read more
I only wish I’d found this earlier! Will there be any new episodes? I love this on so many levels. I’d love to ask a question.

Go Ahead and Ask!

By Kevlson - Sep 08 2015
Read more
Short-form audio PD for teachers from Jennifer Serravallo!
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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo

Latest release on Dec 27, 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo. Season 2, Episode 12

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12!

In this episode, Jen responds to this question:

“I’m curious about what your conferring notes look like. Do you have conventions or abbreviations that you use find work to communicate between co-teachers? What are you writing down specifically? I would find it helpful to see what proficient conferring teachers’ notes look like.”

Jen has tried (and learned from) several systems, and in the show she shares what she has learned.

This episode marks the last episode of Season 2 of the podcast.  Due to unexpected circumstances, we have postponed our end-of-season celebration previously scheduled for December 28 and 29.  We apologize for any confusion caused by the late notice.

Thank you for listening to this episode and this season of Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo.  We hope it has been helpful and given you ideas to bring into your teaching practice.  See you for Season 3!

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Dec 27 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo. Season 2, Episode 11

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11!

In this episode, Jen responds to two question from Mary.  First:

“What kind of professional development do you recommend for reading specialists working with K-2 students?”

And then:

“When it comes to struggling readers – what should take priority? Skills or time spent reading?”

Thank you, Mary!

The answer to Mary’s first question is straight-forward: reading recovery training.

The answer to the second question, however is a little more tricky…

On December 28 and 29 The Teacher Learning Sessions is hosting a two-day celebration of the second season of Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo with its first-ever donor drive!  Of course, you are invited!  We will celebrate the show, connect, and learn together!  Please donate to join us!

We are opening a new private Facebook Group for donors where there will be moderated conversations taking a deeper dive into several episodes of the show.  We will raffle several copies of the Writing Strategies Book, autographed by Jen.

When you make a $5, $15, or $25 donation, not only will you be helping to support Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo and The Teacher Learning Sessions, you will receive a thank you reward as well.

Thank you for listening and supporting Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Dec 21 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo. Season 2, Episode 10

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10!

In this episode, Jen responds to a question from Lisa:

“In a K/1 classroom, what is your ideal balance for guided reading, strategy groups, and conferring during independent reading? I have trouble fitting it all in! my principal really pushes guided reading, so that’s where my focus has been, but I know there is great value in conferring and strategy groups, I just don’t know how to make it all work.”

Thank you, Lisa!

In this episode, Jen talks about matching teaching methods to instructional purpose and defines several teaching structures to help support kids’ independent and instructional reading goals.

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Dec 13 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo. Season 2, Episode 9

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9!

In this episode, Jen responds to a question from Carol:

“What kind of reading responses would you want students in grades 3-5 to write in their reading notebook during the first few weeks of class?”

Thank you, Carol!

Carol’s question is specific, but Jen broadens her response to address other grade levels and other times of the school year as well.  One key to helping students successfully write in response to their reading is establishing a balance between the two activities.

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Do you have a question?

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Dec 06 2016

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Teacher Ask Jen Serravallo. Season 2, Episode 8

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8!

In this episode, Jen responds to a question from Glenda:

“I work with 2-5 grade LA teachers. One topic that comes up is reserving titles for certain grade levels. I can understand a couple of titles for read alouds, but at some point I feel like it’s unfair to “reserve” a title for a single grade level. I believe that books can be old friends to be revisited multiple times with multiple lenses. Also, it can cause teachers to become stagnant and not search out new titles. It has been suggested that grade levels write down what books they’ve used so that other grade levels don’t use them. How do you feel about this?”

Thank you, Glenda!

In addition to answering Glenda’s question, Jen shares advice to help when selecting read aloud texts.

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Nov 30 2016

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Teacher Ask Jen Serravallo. Season 2, Episode 7

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7!

In this episode, Jen responds to a question from a teacher who wises to remain anonymous:

“Can you share suggestions on how we can include parents in our conversation about how to grow readers and writers? The balanced literacy approach is uncomfortable for many parents. This often leads to frustrated parents that just can’t understand why we can’t teach the way they learned. They want to help their child, but they just don’t know how.”

Thank you for your question!

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(This episode goes along nicely with the previous episode that talks about helping parents support independent reading.)

Do you have a question?

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Nov 22 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo Season 2, Episode 6

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6!

In this episode, Jen responds to a question from Dani:

“I would love if you could share any ideas on how you do encourage home involvement. That’s really what a reading log assesses, I think. I really don’t want to do a reading log, but I think parents may end up requesting it!”

Thank you, Dani.

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(If you want to hear more from Jen on Reading Logs, listen to the previous episode.)

Do you have a question?

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Nov 15 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo Season 2, Episode 5

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5!

In this episode, Jen responds to three questions, all related to reading logs:

Lorie asks, “Reading logs: essential tool or love-of-reading killer?”

Jessie asks, “Is there a point when keeping reading logs should become the reader’s choice? If so, when is it okay to provide students with that choice?”

And Carol asks, “What are your thoughts on reading logs for homework on elementary level?”

Thank you, Lorie, Jessie, and Carol.

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Nov 08 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo Season 2, Episode 4

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4!

This episode’s question comes from Katie Limbaugh Foristal:  “How do you teach Reading Workshop with a basal?”

As Jen says, a big question in very few words.

Thank you, Katie.

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Nov 01 2016

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Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo Season 2, Episode 3

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3!

In this episode, Jen answers this question from Tracey:

“I want to assess my students (2nd graders) using our F&P assessment kit to find their current reading levels. What tips do you have to assess them (all 32 of them) in a timely manner? It still takes me a long time per student and the thought of getting all 32 done is overwhelming.”

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Either way,  your question will help make this podcast better and more valuable as a resource for you and other teachers.  So please don’t be shy!

Go ahead, teachers.  Ask Jen Serravallo!

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Oct 25 2016

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