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Building Connections Beyond the Classroom Walls Podcast

Cathy mere and Ruth Ayres discuss building connections beyond the classroom.

Creating a Community of Care: Beyond the Classroom Walls

Stella Villalba outlines three ways to cultivate a community for students beyond the classroom walls. There is comfort for teachers and students to know that there is a larger community rooting for them.

The Classroom Library: Building Bridges

Cathy Mere presses to help children take the first steps in growing a sustainable reading life that carries beyond the classroom walls. She offers ways to build bridges to the school and public libraries as an essential step.

Fueling Creativity Podcast

Heather Fisher and Ruth Ayres discuss fueling creativity.

Secondary Readers Podcast

Leigh Anne Eck and Ruth Ayres discuss secondary readers.

Assessing Readers Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss assessing readers.

How to Use Students’ Reading Logs as a Formative Literacy Assessment

Matt Renwick reminds us that there  is a lot of information available in our classrooms that can inform instruction. Some of it is “hiding in plain sight,” for example reading logs.

Reading Quiz

Gretchen Schroeder shares the way she adjusts her reading quizzes to assess students’ analysis and deep thinking about texts.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses So You Want to Be an Owl

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses So You Want to Be an Owl by Jane Porter and Maddie Frost.

Books to Fuel Creativity and Imagination

Stella Villalba shares books that will fuel your creativity and nourish your imagination.

Five Phrases That Should Be at the Top of Every Writer’s First Draft

Matt Renwick gives five phrases every writer should put at the top of a draft, and then explores the way doing so can help develop creativity.

See Your Students

Shari Frost shares ways teachers can show that they “see” and appreciate each student every single day.

Learning to Notice and Analyze Complexities

Gretchen Schroeder supports her high school students to think deeply about the complexities around them, beginning with themselves and pop culture, and then moving to the texts they are reading.

Finding Time for Read Aloud

Katherine Sokolowski makes a case for the importance of reading aloud to secondary students and offers suggestions to make it a reality. She includes a list of five surefire read aloud books for middle school students.

Helping Young Writers Make Plans

Tammy Mulligan promotes independence in her student writers by supporting them in creating writing plans. A download of a planning template is included so your students can create writing plans, too.

Ten Ways to Celebrate Writers

Jen Court gives 10 ways for students to share and celebrate their work as writers. Two downloads are included for you to use in your classroom.

Using Picture Books Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss using picture books in literacy instruction.

Picture Books to Teach Conflict

Katherine Sokolowski shares a book list that inspires her to teach five different kinds of conflict.

Picture Books that Help Construct a Wider Definition of Home

Stella Villalba compiles a book list about the topic of home. She shares the way she allows students to co-construct their own understanding of home by using picture books that provide a variety of lenses through which to view the topic.

Making Workshop Work Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss making workshop work.

Four Keys to Making Workshop Work

Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.

Bring In the School Year Like a Grandma

Julie Johnson reflects on how to help students know they belong and are valued in a classroom community.

Are you listening to readers?

Tammy Mulligan and Ruth Ayres discuss new content related listening to readers, as well as opening the school year.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Ouch! Moments

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart and Viviana Garofoli.

How Do Visuals Strengthen Literacy Instruction? Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss the new content related to the way visuals strengthen literacy instruction.

One Instructional Strategy Changes a Reading Community: Status of the Class

Mandy Robek reminds us of the power of a Status of the Class to build a reading community.

Making Time to Listen to Your Readers

Angie Miller reminds us of the importance of making time to listen to student readers so we can make enrichment and instructional adjustments.

A Roving Student Conferrer

Tammy Mulligan encourages students to support their peers as writers by being a “roving student conferrer.” When we enable students to take on the role of the teacher, it helps solidify what they know, as well as take pride in their writing skills.

Sincerely Positive

Matt Renwick offers advice on how to use feedback as a tool to support and reinforce what students are doing well. Sincerity and positivity will always give students more confidence in themselves as writers.

Three Meaningful Ways to Incorporate Drawing into English Class

Gretchen Schroeder shares three meaningful ways to incorporate drawing into her high school English classes, and the purpose behind each strategy.

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