Jennifer Orr has been an elementary school classroom teacher for more than twenty five years, teaching kindergartners through fifth graders.

Jennifer is the author of Demystifying Discussion: How to Teach and Assess Academic Conversation Skills and the co-author of We’re Gonna Keep on Talking: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Elementary Classroom.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Teacher Consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project.

Over her years of teaching, she has been a frequent mentor to new and pre-service teachers.

She writes and presents on topics ranging from academic conversations to technology use to writing authentically and more.

Jennifer lives in northern Virginia with her college professor/administrator husband and their children, if they aren’t off at college at least.

Recent Posts

  • Managing to Pause and Listen

    Last Friday morning I had one little friend show up a bit later than usual and miss all the socializing he usually does during our breakfast time. And then he didn’t join us for our morning meeting. I sat near the class (a different student runs our morning meeting each day so I’m there but […]

  • Educon Again, Finally

    For the first time since January 2020, which feels like eight lifetimes ago, we got to spend this past weekend in Philly for Educon. I first attended Educon in 2009, the second year the conference happened, and I haven’t missed a year since (although we all missed 2021 and 2022). In 2010 my husband joined […]

  • Classroom Library Updates

    Some years ago I started having my students set up our classroom library, thanks to much nudging and encouragement from a friend. It’s no small process every year with all the work we do beforehand and then the ridiculous number of books we have. This year it has felt like my third graders have struggled […]