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Picture Books that Help Construct a Wider Definition of Home

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.

Narrative Minilesson in Kindergarten

Hayley Whitaker leads a minilesson in kindergarten on story structure.

Making Workshop Work Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss making workshop work.

September 10: How do you make workshop work?

Making workshop work is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Quick Take: Share Your Reading Struggles

Instructional coach Staci Revere reminds us of the importance of modeling our own reading lives for students, especially the parts where we struggle as readers.

Four Keys to Making Workshop Work

Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.

Bring In the School Year Like a Grandma

Julie Johnson reflects on how to help students know they belong and are valued in a classroom community.

Are you listening to readers?

Tammy Mulligan and Ruth Ayres discuss new content related listening to readers, as well as opening the school year.

September 3: Are you taking time to listen to readers?

Listening to readers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Ouch! Moments

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart and Viviana Garofoli.

August 27: Are your conferences uplifting?

Offering uplifting feedback is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

How Do Visuals Strengthen Literacy Instruction? Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss the new content related to the way visuals strengthen literacy instruction.

August 20: How do visuals strengthen literacy instruction?

Using visuals to strengthen literacy instruction is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

One Instructional Strategy Changes a Reading Community: Status of the Class

Mandy Robek reminds us of the power of a Status of the Class to build a reading community.

Making Time to Listen to Your Readers

Angie Miller reminds us of the importance of making time to listen to student readers so we can make enrichment and instructional adjustments.

A Roving Student Conferrer

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.

Sincerely Positive

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.

Quick Take: Beware of Pet Peeves

Ruth Ayres cautions us to not let our pet peeves get in the way when working with student writers.

Three Meaningful Ways to Incorporate Drawing into English Class

Gretchen Schroeder shares three meaningful ways to incorporate drawing into her high school English classes, and the purpose behind each strategy.

Lead with Art, and Literacy Will Naturally Follow

Stella Villalba widens our perspective by sharing the link between art and literacy with suggested picture books to help build the bridge.

August 13: What do our youngest writers need?

Supporting primary writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Reasons to Launch Writer’s Notebooks with Primary Writers

Mandy Robek shares keys to knowing when to launch writer’s notebooks with primary writers.

Supports for Our Youngest Writers

Cathy Mere identifies ways to support our youngest writers.

August 6: How do readers and writers use images?

Using images to make meaning is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Minilessons About Sound and Image

Julie Johnson encourages minilessons about sound and image to give students more ways to create meaningful texts.

Combining Personal Narratives and Comics

Katherine Sokolowski combines personal narratives and comics to encourage students to go deeper in their storytelling.

Using Art to Bridge Storytelling

Stella Villalba creates space for students to deeply notice the way artist Aminah Robinson uses images to share stories and testimonies.

July 30, 2021: What routines might you reconsider for next school year?

Thoughtful procedures is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Teaching Students How to Email

Katherine Sokolowski outlines the nitty-gritty on how to teach students to organize, manage, and compose email.

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