Kristina's Clips



Kristina's Clips


Catch Kristina Smekens in action during these short but powerful video clips. During each segment, Kristina provides practical strategies for teaching reading or writing. With each video clip, lasting three minutes or less, teachers can capture great ideas to apply in their own classrooms right away.


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Building independent spellersBuilding Independent Spellers

In this video, Kristina Smekens explains the importance of providing first-draft spelling strategies for students. Rather than telling students how to spell words, this short clip will give you ways to avoid "Writer's Welfare."

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Praising Precise Purple Words

In this short video, Kristina Smekens shares her favorite way to celebrate strong word choice. She recognizes the strain of trying to write a response to each well-chosen word and recommends a much simpler way.

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Revealing Anchor Papers

During this short clip, Kristina Smekens provides a rationale for using anchor papers during instruction and then outlines strategies for using anchor papers effectively.

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Adjusting Convention Expectations

In this clip, Kristina Smekens provides insight into the trait of conventions. She acknowledges that at times the expectations of correctness need to be adjusted, depending on the purpose and audience.

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Reading Voice v. Thinking Voice

In this episode, Kristina Smekens addresses reading comprehension and gives strategies for helping students to recognize that they have both a "Reading Voice" and a "Thinking Voice."
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