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Eavesdrop on Your Students

Melissa Quimby suggests listening in on students’ conversations in order to find their interests. These tidbits will help you in building connections, recommending books, and encouraging writing topics.

November 4, 2022: Engaging Secondary Students

This week’s newsletter is about engaging secondary students.

The Importance of the Workshop Model in High School

Instructional coach Holly Wenning shares the importance of the workshop model, and especially work time, for high school students. See the transition from minilesson to work time in a 10th-grade English class.

October 28, 2022: Getting to Know Digital Learners

This week’s newsletter is about getting to know digital learners.

Still Thinking: An Opportunity to Pause and Think Deeply

Jodie Bailey provides a structure to give students more time to think through ideas and problems. By using this practice, students gain ownership for their learning.

How Many? Counting Opportunities in Picture Books

Bitsy Parks shares the importance of counting and a booklist of picture books that lend themselves to counting opportunities.

The Power of an Anchor Chart in a Digital World

Dana Murphy reminds us of the power of an anchor chart in a digital world.

Getting to Know Digital Learners: How Playing with Technology Helps Facilitate Our Identities as Learners

As teachers we do many things to get to know our students as readers and writers and mathematicians. Josie Stewart and Hannah Tills lead us to consider how to get to know our students as digital learners.

Spoiler Alert: You Can Start Big to Go Small (Macbeth in One Class Period)

Gretchen Schroeder confesses her fast-paced approach to sharing Macbeth with her high school students. Starting with the big picture of the story and then drilling down into specific scenes for skill practice not only accomplished the goals for the unit, but also freed up more time and space for other curriculum needs.

October 21, 2022: Ways to Hear and Respond to Student Voices

This week’s newsletter is about hearing and responding to student needs.

Listening for Conjectures

Mallory Messenger shares a routine for hearing student conjectures (in math and other subjects) and a process for giving time for the class to prove or disprove the claims. Download a Conjecture—Prove or Disprove Recording Sheet to collect student conjectures in your classroom.

Student Voices First

David Pittman offers practical ways to place student voices first in classrooms in order for their passions, interests, and identities to influence our teaching.

Our Words Matter: Developing Perseverance in Literacy

Becca Burk reflects on the power of intentional language to build perseverance in students. She shares a booklist designed to give students scripts they need to become brave learners.

October 14, 2022: Renewing Student Energy

This week’s newsletter is about renewing student energy for learning.

Routines that Normalize Mistakes

We all know mistakes are part of learning and safe environments for risk taking allow students to grow, but how do you take the sting out of making mistakes? David Pittman offers advice on ways to normalize mistakes in math.

Renewing Energy in the Classroom

Gretchen Schroeder finds ways to increase the energy students have for doing work in her classroom. Her practical tips are useful for all students.

October 7, 2022: Persistence and Progression to Grow Readers

This week’s newsletter is about persistence and progression to grow readers.

Math Debates: A Powerful Sense-Making Routine

Jodie Bailey shares a powerful practice of math debates for students to explore a problem with discussion and evidence to discover the correct solution.

Engaging Kids in Reading Intervention

Dana Murphy shares ways to make reading intervention a high-interest time for students.

Questions to Ask When Reading the Morning Message

Tammy Mulligan guides teachers in a progression to help students identify tricky words, move deeper into word analysis, and develop inferential thinking. Included is a helpful progression chart to guide teachers in helping all students understand that readers encounter problems and can solve the tricky words.

September 30, 2022: Math and Literacy Connections

This week’s newsletter is about math and literacy connections.

Stay Sharp: Christy Rush-Levine

Christy Rush-Levine shares tips on how teachers can stay sharp.

Stay Sharp: Bitsy Parks

Bitsy Parks shares the importance of reading professionally to stay sharp.

Best Wrong Answer

Mallory Messenger shares a “best wrong answer” routine to help normalize mistakes while students think deeply about the math involved and help themselves look out for common mistakes to avoid.

Picture Books with Recipes to Foster Math Engagement

Mandy Robek shares a delicious list of picture books with recipes to connect reading and math engagement.

Math Is Everywhere

Bitsy Parks shares an initial read aloud to encourage primary students to develop the ability to see math everywhere.

September 23, 2022: Student-Built Classroom Libraries

This week’s newsletter is about student-built classroom libraries.

Stay Sharp Series: Seek Out Others

In our Stay Sharp series, Dana Murphy shares the ways she seeks out educators who help her stay sharp. Her key sources are Twitter, the educators in her school, and reading the Big Fresh.

Informal Conversations Give Insight for Instruction

Melissa Quimby encourages informal conversations with students in order to get insight about their personalities and lives.

Building a Classroom Library with Students (and Navigating the Tricky Parts)

Tammy Mulligan leads us through the process of giving primary students the reins for building and organizing the classroom library . . . and offers tips for navigating the tricky parts.

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