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The place of humor in literacy workshops is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Levine finds humor is the “secret sauce” in engaging middle school students and including introverts in the classroom community.
Jen Court completes an interactive read aloud in a second-grade classroom.
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.
Building better book clubs is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
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.
Strategic small groups is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
Shari Frost finds that the issues students may be dealing with in some children’s books can be overwhelming. She shares some of her favorite books for grappling with one troubling topic at a time.
Tammy Mulligan listens to students and adapts her small-group instruction as they share how they learn.
This is the first guided reading group in September for Cheryl Miller. She begins the lesson by previewing the book and reminding students of the skills they are working on. This is the first video in a three-part series.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Brendan about his literary analysis and how to match evidence and claims. She has him talk through his understanding of the text, using the oral rehearsal to plan his writing.
Jen Schwanke provides some critical questions for teachers to ask when they are interpreting a standard and bringing it to life with students.
Matt Renwick finds the data closest to the students we serve is more helpful to teachers than many benchmarks or screener scores.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills find that book clubs succeed when students are given thoughtful tools to prepare for them.
Shari Frost explains why the simple act of “seeing” students can have such a potent effect in building a community of learners.
Gretchen Schroeder finds that picture books are the perfect tool for rhetorical analysis with her high school students.
Mandy Robek learns a lot about worry from her daughter, and discovers a treasure trove of picture books to promote mental wellness and help students cope with difficult emotions.
Bitsy Parks helps first grader Zac work on his decoding skills by using a fun picture book.
Katherine Sokolowski confers with fifth grader Tucker about his Harry Potter book. This brief conference includes connections to the movies, recommendations for a classmate, and suggestions for using an audiobook on a trip so that the whole family can enjoy it.
What makes choice authentic in literacy workshops? Christy Rush-Levine grapples with this tough question that leads to changes in her instruction.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share their favorite strategies for building a classroom community of readers where everyone has several options for choosing their next book.
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