Leah Mermelstein interview: Leah shares information about her new book, We Do Writing: Her book provides teachers simple tools for complex work: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito

Here is some information about Leah taken from her website:

I found out that Leah was a staff developer for Lucy Calkin’s project around the same time I did my own 4-year stint learning about writing workshop. I have already purchased my copy of Leah’s book. That is because in the fall I plan to resume helping my 3rd grade teachers implement workshop. BTW- that is because they asked me back. They loved workshop!  

Leah’s methods are grounded in the workshop model. What she brings to the table are ways to simplify workshop teaching and to help teachers to help kids write more. Her ideas also help them love writing. During my own training I remember Katie Wood Ray telling us to have kids write more- make more stuff! I know with the help of the ideas from this book, next year my 3rd graders will be doing just that. I highly recommend this book.

Now it is time to have a look at the interview. Here are the topics we discussed. They are time stamped.

1. Tell us about yourself. Tell about how to create simple tools for complex work.  01:00

2. What made you decide to write this book? 04:00

3. Can you share the major parts of the “We-Do” writing model with us? 08:23

4. What research did you lean on while creating the “We-Do” model? 15:10

5. Any final thoughts? 23:00

Here is the YouTube interview:

Here is some additional information about Leah, including several important links:

Link to her web page:  Web Page:  www.leahmermelstein.com

Link to purchase book: https://www.benchmarkeducation.com/professional-learning/pd-essentials.html?fbclid=IwAR2hLZ53rlJBkBr1j4N9HeSOq-a2nvqzqkIR8zTk8O990NMSbdpy5ANokJ4

Another link to purchase her  book https://www.amazon.com/We-Do-Writing-Maximizing-Practice-Independent/dp/1078662673/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&qid=1620295794&refinements=p_27%3ALeah+Mermelstein&s=books&sr=1-4


Link to join her  “We-Do”  Facebook group.


Link to her blog: https://www.leahmermelstein.com/blog

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/wedowriting/

Twitter: @MermelsteinLeah

Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/leah-mermelstein-042a8a18


You can sign up for Leah’s webinar and where you get to learn about her book, while at the same time support an amazing organization. The webinar is on May 13th, 7:00-8:00 EST. The cost is $25.

Note: 10% of the webinar proceeds go to Community Lifestyle, a non-profit organization.

I want to thank Leah again for the interview. As I indicated earlier I will be using her book next year and I’m also using her ideas I’m finding in her Facebook group. I’ll be doing more interviews in the coming weeks. Also- this summer I’ll be sharing a special edition of  The Missouri Reader which will look at all sides of the question of best ways to teach beginning reading.  So, until next week,

Happy Reading and Writing!

Dr. Sam Bommarito (aka, the guy in the middle taking flak from all sides)

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