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Google Classroom Boot Camp

Katherine Sokolowski takes time each year to help students know how Google Classroom works and details ways to take advantage of it as an organizational tool.

Four Tools for Hosting Online Book Clubs

Matt Renwick leads us to design book clubs where students can continue to grow and connect as readers in online discussions.

Finding Reliable Digital Reading Resources

Cathy Mere shares how to find reliable digital reading resources to pair with print materials to provide strong opportunities for student learning.

Playing with Words

Heather Fisher considers the possibilities for extending vocabulary development through a daily word routine.

Offering Playful Choice to Show Learning

Tammy Mulligan shares her quick thinking when students are bored with book clubs and reminds us all of the importance of offering playful choice for students to show their learning.

Sensible Reasons to Use Student Reading Records

Leigh Anne Eck outlines sensible reasons for students to keep reading records.

Conventions Podcast with Jen Schwanke

Jen Schwanke joins the podcast to discuss conventions.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses My Hero Academia, Volume 1

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses My Hero Academia, Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi.

Fairy Tales with a Multimodal Twist: Process and Product

In this second installment, Julie Johnson guides the process of creating multimodal fairy tales, as well as discusses producing the final product.

Fairy Tales with a Multimodal Twist: Laying the Groundwork

Julie Johnson outlines the groundwork for creating multimodal fairy tales in writing workshop.

Fairy Tale Study that Needed a Restart

Mandy Robek takes a step back to relaunch a fairy tale study so students can engage in inquiry work in order to discover key characteristics of the genre.

Craft Moves in Before the Ever After

Melanie Meehan unlocks a few craft moves in Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.

Overplayed Mentor Texts

Bitsy Parks outlines how to select mentor texts in order to have more ownership over the lesson and engage students.

Conventions and Keeping It Real

Melanie Quinn uses her fourth graders love of drama to create a fun activity for learning how to integrate quotations into writing.

Is Grammar-Check Cheating?

Gretchen Schroeder discusses grammar tools and the reasons students should use them as writers.

Creating Places for Dialogue

Leigh Anne Eck cracks open why dialogue is important in narrative writing and where to place dialogue in a story. She includes student samples that show the power of this craft move.

Transfer of Learning Podcast with Melanie Meehan

Melanie Meehan discusses the transfer of learning using pictures.

Crafting Argumentative Essays

Gretchen Schroeder shares a summative assessment inspired by Song Exploder in which her high school students craft an argumentative essay defending a choice of a great song.

Yoga Poses and Workshop Processes: Honor the Journey

Nawal Qarooni Casiano is inspired by her yoga practice to provide a guided reflection to consider if workshop practices are progressing to a transfer of learning.

How Pictures Can Engage and Inspire Writers

Melanie Meehan shows how pictures offer ways to expand access to students as writers by providing scaffolds and inspiration.

Writers’ Club

In her high school writing workshop, Julie Cox noticed that students wrote eagerly, but struggled to give and accept feedback. To increase student ownership and trust, she started Writers’ Club, and it affected transfer of learning in big ways!

Perspectives Podcast with Stella Villalba

Stella Villalba discusses the importance of perspectives.

Beyond Personal Narrative: A Change in Perspective

Cathy Mere nudges us to consider perspective as a craft move and provides a stack of mentor texts in this book list.

Mother Language Day and Tradition Presentations

Bitsy Parks shares special events that help students widen their scope of acceptance and appreciation for the differences among us.

Finding the Purpose in Antiracist Literature Instruction

Gretchen Schroeder shares her failures in preparing for antiracist literature instruction, and the principles she uses to empower meaningful conversations about race.

Connections Podcast Brian Sepe

Brian Sepe discusses the importance of connections and mantras.

Finding a Way to Make Heterogeneous Grouping a Reality

Tammy Mulligan shares the vulnerable process of forming heterogeneous groups for book discussions.

Making Connections with Sociograms

Gretchen Schroeder taps into the connections between characters by creating sociograms with her high school students.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Neville by Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Neville by Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas.

End-of-Year Reflections Podcast with Leigh Anne Eck

Leigh Anne Eck provides a guide to customize an end-of-year reflection for students.

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