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December 4, 2020: Assessing Writers

Honoring Student Identity is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

First-Grade Writing Conference: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

In this first-grade writing conference, Katrina Edwards helps Brooklyn order and stretch out her writing with a beginning, middle, and end. She uses long pages and scissors as tools.

Troubleshooting Difficulties When Writing a Big Idea in Memoir

Kate Mills and Tara Barnett pinpoint common difficulties in sixth-grade memoir. They share teaching points and student writing samples before and after revision.

Assessing Students Online: Small and Powerful Moves

Tammy Mulligan shares small and mighty moves when assessing students online.

November 20, 2020 Honoring Identity

Honoring Student Identity is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Writing Conference: Brainstorming Ideas

Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Sidney brainstorm ideas for a story. She uses her own experiences with writing to instruct.

Belonging in a School Community

Suzy Kaback thinks deeply about the concept of belonging as an essential part of building a school community.

Honoring Student Identity

Christy Rush-Levine considers how to communicate to all students that their presence and their identities are valued and appreciated.

November 13, 2020 Are You Sure?

Publishing Routines is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Guided Reading in a First-Grade Group

Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. This is the second video in a two-part series.

A Student Book of Awesome

Gretchen Schroeder’s high school students build community by creating a shared text of things they love.

Small-Group Instruction: Bookmaking

Brian Sepe shares one of his favorite activities for small groups of young learners: making books together.

November 6, 2020 The Magic of Reading Together

Author studies are the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Writing Conference: Establishing Setting

Melanie Meehan uses A Day’s Work as a mentor text to help fifth grader Emily develop setting in her writing.

Building Writer Relationships with Author Studies

Matt Renwick shares creative ways teachers in his school celebrate authors.

Book Series Joy

Bitsy Parks shares the way a series study enriches the reading lives of students and serves as an intervention to help readers grow.

October 30, 2020 Shark Attack

Word learning is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Making Something Together: Shared Writing Online

Tammy Mulligan finds shared writing is her go-to strategy for teaching young learners online.

Guided Reading in First Grade: Blends

Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. The focus at the start of the lesson is on blends in words. This is the first video in a two-part series.

It’s Not Wrong. It’s Almost Right.

Melanie Quinn reconsiders how she teaches spelling in her fourth-grade classroom, establishing a new whiteboard routine.

October 23, 2020 Thank You, Mrs. Schroeder

The place of humor in literacy workshops is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

First-Grade Reading Conference: Coaxing and Supporting

Bitsy Parks helps first grader Sophia tackle the tough job of making meaning and decoding words early in the year with lots of encouragement and good humor.

Using Humor to Teach Language Standards

Teaching parts of speech is viewed as dreary work for most teachers. Melanie Meehan shares how you can infuse some fun into it with a little bit of humor.

Supporting Students as They Exit Intervention with Series Books

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills write about the power of series books in helping young readers build skills and independence as they exit intervention programs.

Engaging Students with Humor

Mark Levine finds humor is the “secret sauce” in engaging middle school students and including introverts in the classroom community.

October 16, 2020 Slightly Alive

Interactive read aloud is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Interactive Read Aloud in Second Grade

Jen Court completes an interactive read aloud in a second-grade classroom.

Read Alouds in Content Classes

Mark Levine explains the many ways read alouds can enhance and deepen learning for middle school students in content areas like social studies and science.

October 9, 2020 Coffee Shop Contemplation

Building better book clubs is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Digital Interactive Read Alouds

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share everything from useful prompts to the best tech tools for moving interactive read alouds to digital platforms during remote instruction.

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