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Cathy mere and Ruth Ayres discuss building connections beyond the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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 by Jane Porter and Maddie Frost.
Stella Villalba shares books that will fuel your creativity and nourish your imagination.
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.
Shari Frost shares ways teachers can show that they “see” and appreciate each student every single day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss using picture books in literacy instruction.
Katherine Sokolowski shares a book list that inspires her to teach five different kinds of conflict.
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.
Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.
Julie Johnson reflects on how to help students know they belong and are valued in a classroom community.
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: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart and Viviana Garofoli.
Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss the new content related to the way visuals strengthen literacy instruction.
Mandy Robek reminds us of the power of a Status of the Class to build a reading community.
Angie Miller reminds us of the importance of making time to listen to student readers so we can make enrichment and instructional adjustments.
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.
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.
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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