Lisa Eldridge

Ms. Eldridge and her partners form a study group to identify strategies to improve three specific areas of student writing: writing effective beginnings, using satisfactory endings, and including supporting details. Teachers read “6 + 1 Traits of Writing” to help address the three areas of concern and collaborate to determine which strategies to use in the classroom. After implementing their ideas, teachers discuss their experiences and revise their strategies. Teachers also participate in workshops led by Lola Schaefer, a trainer and children’s author, who helps identify teaching needs and strategies. Groups collaborate to teach lessons together which are videotaped to begin building a professional development video library. Participants present their findings at the International Reading Association (IRA) conference in May 2006, in addition to sharing with the school district’s elementary, middle, and high schools. The group also submits an article for publication in the local newspaper.