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Perspectives Podcast with Stella Villalba

Stella Villalba discusses the importance of perspectives.

May 14, 2021: Perspectives

Perspectives is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

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.

May 7, 2021: Connections

Connections is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

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.

Reading Conference: Sports Connections

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Carson about his connections to sports in his reading.

April 30, 2021: Courses Special Issue

This week’s newsletter is a special issue highlighting our courses.

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.

April 23, 2021: End-of-Year Reflections

End-of-Year Reflection is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

From Seed to Blossom

Leigh Anne Eck provides a guide to developing an End-of-Year Reflection for students to consider their own growth, as well as offer advice regarding curriculum and instruction.

A Complete Circle: Identity, Growth, and Community

Bitsy Parks offers key end-of-the year activities that allow students to reflect and notice their identities, growth, and community as readers and writers.

Words of Wisdom and Passing the Torch

Melanie Quinn shares a fun activity to help current students share advice for next year’s class.

Hidden Treasures II Podcast with Jen Schwanke

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

April 16, 2021: Hidden Treasures (Part 2)

Hidden Treasures During Pandemic Teaching is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Whale Talk: An Asynchronous Minilesson

Gwen Blumberg teaches an asynchronous lesson for a spelling strategy.

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.

April 9, 2021: Hidden Treasures (Part 1)

Hidden Treasures During Pandemic Teaching is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Tracking Thinking: Fifth-Grade Small Group

Julianne Houser meets with a small group of fifth graders to help them build skills for tracking thinking.

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.

March 26, 2021: Word Work

Word Work is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

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