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Hidden Treasures II Podcast with Jen Schwanke

Jen Schwanke shares insights about leading a school with hope and grace during COVID.

Student-Centered Learning Through Video Lessons

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills consider the power of asynchronous lessons in creating a student-centered learning environment.

Online Writing Notebooks

Gretchen Schroeder makes the leap to digital notebooks and finds new life in a tried-and-true practice.

Hidden Treasures Podcast with Dana Murphy

Dana Murphy candidly discusses keeping a positive mindset and approaching her students with an abundance of grace.

COVID Silver Linings: Positive Changes in Teaching Practices

Dana Murphy outlines the teaching practices that she learned from remote teaching and plans to carry with her upon returning to a physical classroom.

Adjusting to COVID: A Minimalist Classroom

Mandy Robek adjusts her mindset of preparing her classroom according to COVID guidelines and discovers an open heart and mind as she prepares a “minimalist classroom.”

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Little Brown by Marla Frazee

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Little Brown by Marla Frazee.

Word Work Podcast with Mandy Robek

Mandy Robek discusses word work on the podcast.

Fun with Sight Words

Heather Fisher describes the process of integrating sight word work into the existing curriculum.

Using Shared Writing to Nudge Students Toward Conventional Spelling

Mandy Robek shares the tools she uses to transition students to more conventional spelling.

Building Empathy Through Reading Podcast with Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick discusses empowering readers on the podcast.

Empowering Readers Podcast with Sara Kajder

Sara Kajder discusses empowering readers on the podcast.

Multiple Perspectives Cultivate Empathy

Mark Levine explores ways to cultivate empathy by sharing texts with multiple perspectives on the same event in his middle school social studies class.

Building Informed Empathy with Picture Books

Nawal Qarooni Casiano shares three gorgeously varied picture books and guiding questions designed to cultivate an inquisitive stance and informed empathy in students.

When a Library Whispers

Leigh Anne Eck personifies her classroom library by sharing the lessons it whispers when we take the time to listen. This is a practical guide to keeping your classroom library timely and relevant.

Build Reader Identity

Cathy Mere knows that growing skills and strategies readers need is essential, yet helping readers find and grow their identity as readers makes the biggest difference of all. 

Nurturing Lifelong Readers

In this beautiful personal essay, Melissa Quimby reminds us to nurture readers through passion conferences, classroom libraries, read-aloud, and independent reading time.

Empowering Readers Podcast with The Choice Literacy Book Club

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses The Barren Grounds on the podcast.

What Do Readers Need?

Christy Rush-Levine offers a close look into the needs of readers by considering engagement, enrichment and nourishment. She offers three examples of reading conferences with students.

Best Graphic Novel Adaptations for the Middle Grades

Shari Frost shares her favorite graphic novel adaptations for the middle grades.

Celebrating Writers Podcast with Bitsy Parks

Bitsy Parks discusses celebrating writers on the podcast.

Celebrating with Fan Fiction

Melanie Meehan shares how a short dip into fan fiction can be a wonderful way to inject some play and raise engagement in writing.

What Are You Celebrating Today?

Melissa Quimby leans in and asks her students to define their celebrations as writers. Rather than always naming the celebration for students, Melissa helps students gain ownership of the writing process by learning to celebrate every stage.

Shared Writing Podcast with Tammy Mulligan

Tammy Mulligan discusses shared writing on the podcast.

Tips for Creating Shared-Writing Texts Online

Tammy Mulligan offers tips for creating shared-writing texts online.

Class Books Build Readers, Writers, and Community

Bitsy Parks shares the ways in which class books help students work as readers and writers, as well as build a community.

Argument Writing Podcast with Tara Barnett and Kate Mills

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills discuss mentor texts for argument writing on the podcast.

Writing Joy: A Publishing Celebration

Bitsy Parks shares the celebration within the publishing process. Learn to find the joy in uplifting young writers’ approximations by sharing their works with a larger audience.

Four Notebook Pages to Scaffold Persuasive Writing

Ruth Ayres suggests four notebook pages to help students balance facts and emotions when writing persuasively.

Finding Meaning in Reading Podcast with Heather Fisher

Heather Fisher discusses planning for professional learning and finding meaning in reading on the podcast.

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