Emily Kissner

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Emily Kissner teaches fourth grade in rural Pennsylvania. In her 15 years of teaching, she has worked in preschool, middle school and elementary school. She is the author of the Heinemann books Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling and The Forest AND the Trees: Helping Readers Find Details in Texts and Tests.



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Collaboration in the Coatroom It’s hard to think of coat hooks as being instructional tools. Last year, however, my students and I learned some important lessons about the...
Leave Exclusion Out of the Group Dynamic For the second week in a row, I was left partnerless in my graduate class. It was my own fault, I guess. I didn’t feel like moving. As I scanned the...
Mix It Up at Lunch Gets Staff Talking As we planned for Mix It Up at Lunch Day last year, I felt a deep sense of nervousness. I wasn’t worried about getting the kids to talk and chat. I...
A Teacher in the Classroom and Out “I’ve gotten used to you being a teacher everywhere you go.” My oldest son said this to me at the beginning of the summer after some children we don...
Caterpillars Teach Lesson in Friendship In the course of the day, sometimes, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices and decisions to be made, I miss the big moments. Take a day last...
Indoor Recess: A Time for Unifying Games On rainy, dreary days, an announcement breaks into my class around 11 a.m. “Please excuse the interruption. Recess will be held indoors today.” From...
Tadpoles Lead My Students Across the Social Divide As a fourth-grade teacher, sometimes I feel like the social director on a cruise ship. On the playground, I try to match up students with peers. “Why...