Mandy Robek begins an anchor chart with her kindergartners and explains the value of shared writing for creating charts about reading strategies and behaviors.
Cathy Mere finds that criteria for “just-rightness” varies with genre.
Gigi McAllister uses picture books to strengthen her fourth grade classroom community.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Cathy Mere provides grouping guidelines for primary teachers.
Suzy Kaback ponders the precociousness of two kindergarten readers.
Mandy Robek helps her kindergarten students complete science observations.
Clare Landrigan leads a "quick and frequent" small group that integrates phonemic awareness activities with assessment.
Many beloved characters from picture books are showing up in beginning readers, and in the process can lose a lot of their appeal. Shari Frost provides teachers with criteria for choosing between picture books or beginning readers.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan share wise advice about launching workshops in kindergarten.
Max Brand explains the basics of word work, including a list of reflective questions teachers can ask themselves and students.
Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.
Mandy Robek compiles a list of her favorite books for brain breaks with young learners.
Ruth Ayres has tips for organizing desks, tables, chairs, and materials to support literacy learning.
Mandy Robek gives a tour of her kindergarten classroom, highlighting literacy spaces that build relationships and independence for her young learners.
Launching a sort with primary students early in the year begins not with words, but with leaves for Max Brand.
Mandy Robek shares her favorite texts to use early in the year with young students to introduce them to everything from places to read to how to handle books.
Mandy Robek has a book choice conference with Drew. This is the first installment in her kindergarten conferring series.
Kelly Petrin finds animal backpacks are a wonderful tool for building literacy skills in young learners, as well as the home/school connection.
Ruth Ayres confers with five-year-old Abby about her apple illustration early in the school year.
Keri Archer writes about the importance of morning message for kindergartners.
Sarah Klim’s latest booklist includes titles for honoring those who serve on Memorial Day.
Shari Frost has a suggestion for what shouldn’t be on classroom walls: student assessment scores. She explains why this practice can be harmful to students.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan explain why it is important to share data with parents while school is still in session in order to avoid the summer slide. This is another installment in their summer reading series.
Kelly Petrin reflects on what she values most in the final days with children in her preschool program, and what she shares with parents.
Gigi McAllister has many suggestions for a strong reading finish to the school year.
Screen-Free Week is scheduled for May 5-11 this year. Here are some book suggestions to help you explore the issue with students.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Sarah Klim presents some favorite titles to share with students and build awareness in this booklist.
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