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Jennifer Jacobson, a former primary school teacher, is the author of fourteen children's books, including the award-winningAndy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle, and is also a frequent presenter at library, reading, and writing conferences.
Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Lesley College and her master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. "I always knew that I would be a teacher of young children," she says. "Both my parents were educators. My mom used to bring home pictures of the early childhood programs she visited and I would pore over them. Some children dream of traveling, or inventing something. I'd fantasize about designing my own primary classroom!"
Jennifer currently teaches seminars on the teaching of writing. She often spends a day or two with teachers and then goes into the classroom for several days to model lessons and writing conferences. "The one-time-only professional inservice is seldom effective," Jennifer believes. "Single-day programs can introduce, inspire, and help bring staff to a common understanding. However, they rarely effect school change. For genuine growth to occur, teachers require time to process and, ideally, modeling. This is why my favorite form of inservice is the residency."
About teaching students, Jennifer says that her favorite moment is when children discover the thrill of hearing their own unique voice recorded on paper. "From then on, they're empowered—they see themselves as genuine writers. It's my favorite part of teaching. I never get tired of witnessing this moment."
Jennifer lives in an antique Cape in Maine and, when she is not writing, enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with her Jack Russell terrier.
In No More "How Long Does it Have to Be?": Fostering Independent Writers in Grades 3-8, author Jennifer Jacobson provides the inspiration and tools to shift from a teacher-directed writing program to a student-propelled workshop model.
Drawing on a wealth of Writer’s Workshop experience in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, Jacobson provides strategies to help you engage and support writers as they discover their voices and take charge of their own learning.
Jacobson shares tips on how to establish the spaces, routines, and tone to run a highly productive writing time:
Building classroom spaces conducive to practicing thoughtful, engaging writing
Rolling out a streamlined sequence of varied writing activities
Leading creative explorations of mentor texts
Integrating the riches of mini-lessons, conferring, sharing, and publishing
Building a workshop curriculum that aligns with your goals and rubrics
As she clarifies misconceptions about writing and workshops, she serves up an immensely readable blend of activities, anecdotes, and advice that will energize and inspire your students.
No More "I'm Done!"
Disregarding the false notion that writing instruction in the primary grades needs to be mostly teacher directed, Jennifer Jacobson shows teachers how to develop a primary writer's workshop that helps nurture independent, engaged writers. No More "I'm Done!" demonstrates how to create a more productive, engaging, and rewarding writer's workshop. Jennifer guides teachers from creating a supportive classroom environment through establishing effective routines; shows teachers how to set up a writer's workshop; and provides an entire year of developmentally appropriate mini-lessons that build confidence and, ultimately, independence.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion