Be confident you're making the most of the time with your students with the Classroom Essentials series.

The fresh and engaging content quickly and effectively guides teachers from learning to implementing and ensures that time with students is well spent and focused on progress.

Each book in the Classroom Essentials series has a fresh, highly visual design and focuses on one essential, student-centred practice, giving you the information you need to get started trying it – or refining it – right away. Most books also include online resources, including videos that show you what the practice looks like in today's classrooms.

Read on to learn more about each book in the Classroom Essentials series.



A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences
by Jennifer Serravallo

Purposeful, responsive instruction is key to helping literacy learners make progress.

One way to do this is with one-on-one, student-centred teaching practices, or conferences.

Conferring is where the magic happens’ – Jennifer Serravallo

In this primer for years K-8, Jen answers the following questions:

  • Why are reading conferences so important?
  • What do effective reading conferences look and sound like?
  • How do I fit reading conferences into my literacy block?


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Combine with the The Reading Strategies Book, which has a range of strategies to support skills growth in reading, like conference note-taking forms for reading goals.


A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences
by Carl Anderson

Helping students become better writers is what writing conferences are all about. In this text, Carl Anderson explains the underlying principles and reasons for conferring with students and how to make writing conferences a part of your daily routine.

A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences is designed to give you everything you need to help you become a better writing teacher for years K-8 answering the questions:

  • How can I get started with conferring, or improve my conferences?
  • How can I fit writing conferences into my busy schedule?
  • How can I use conferences to help me meet the diverse needs of student writers?


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Combine with The Writing Strategies Book, which has a range of strategies to support learners to develop their skills in writing.

A Teacher's Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers
by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland

This text provides step-by-step guidance on how to set up a daily practice to help even the youngest students learn to write – by making books. Katie and Lisa focus on essential student-centered teaching practices to launch writing workshops for beginning writers in years K–2, and answer the following questions:

  • How can I help my youngest students become writers?
  • How can I establish a routine for writing in my classroom?
  • Why is making books developmentally appropriate?


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