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May 13, 2022: End with a Bang!

This week’s newsletter is about ending the year in special ways.

It’s About Survival

Melissa Styger shares an end-of-year letter writing celebration that allows students to reflect on the year and provides an invitation to next year’s students to be excited about the future.

Take a Chance

Julie Cox invites and encourages us to take risks in order to encourage students to try new things with their writing and reading. Julie concludes that when teachers are professional risk-takers, we are more available to students, and know how to help them when they fail.

Student-Planned End-of-Year Celebration

Josie Stewart and Hannah Tills know the end of the school year is full, yet they take the time to reflect and celebrate what learners have built throughout the year by asking students to create a plan for a final celebration.

May 6, 2022: Deepening Discussions Part 2

This week’s newsletter is the second of two installments about deepening discussions.

A Collection of Treasured Life Lessons

Melissa Quimby leads her students in rich thinking about life lessons and encourages them to treasure the wisdom from books.

Creating Progressions to Meet Learners Where They Are

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share how to create and use learning progressions to support students in deepening their understanding of theme. Download a copy of a theme progression.

April 29, 2022: Deepening Discussions Part 1

This week’s newsletter is the first or two installments about deepening discussions.

Deepening Discussion with a Circle Process

Jen Vincent strengthens the authenticity of a share session in writing workshop by building and tending to relationships that honor a circle process originated in indigenous communities.

Determining Importance in Fiction

Dana Murphy guides us in listening and responding to students during strategy-building lessons to grow readers. In this example, she shows the complexity and nuances of direct instruction to build comprehension strategies.

April 22, 2022: Reading Invitations

This week’s newsletter considers reading invitations.

Student-Led Reading Seminars

Tammy Mulligan organizes her second graders to teach reading seminars to their peers. She outlines the steps to make this engaging practice a reality in any classroom.

Create-Your-Own Reading Challenge

Leigh Anne Eck encourages students to create their own reading challenges to stretch their reading identities. Download the challenge to share with your students.

Invitations to Reading a Variety of Genres

Katherine Sokolowski shares the genre invitations she issues to students to help them grow as readers.

April 1, 2022: Poetry Part 2

This week’s newsletter is the second installment about poetry.

Poetry Part 1 Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss poetry on the podcast.

March 25, 2022: Poetry Part 1

This week’s newsletter is the first installment about poetry.

Novels in Verse (Booklist)

Leigh Anne Eck curates a fantastic booklist of novels in verse for middle-grade and young adult readers.

Age Poems

Katherine Sokolowski immerses students in poetry with mentor texts about age and time to linger in thinking about their own ages. This combination invites poetry into classrooms and gives students space to embrace the genre by writing their own age poems.

Rehearsal for Writers Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss student-led learning on the podcast.

March 18, 2022: Rehearsal for Writers

This week’s newsletter is about rehearsal for writers.

Making Data Personal Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss student-led learning on the podcast.

March 11, 2022: Making Data Personal

This week’s newsletter is about making data personal.

Student-Led Learning Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss student-led learning on the podcast.

March 4, 2022: Student-Led Learning

This week’s newsletter is about student-led learning.

Circulating During Writing Workshop

Christy Rush-Levine circulates for quick conferences as students complete their literary analysis essays.

Mining the Data

Heather Fisher shares how to rebrand data meetings as mining meetings to turn anxiety and frustration into actionable and meaningful responses to data.

Making Data Review More Personal

Dana Murphy describes an approach to “data-review days” that looks beyond numbers to the faces of kids and talks about all kids in all of their humanity.

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