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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.

Fun with Sight Words

Heather Fisher describes the process of integrating sight word work into the existing curriculum.

Using Shared Writing to Nudge Students Toward Conventional Spelling

Mandy Robek shares the tools she uses to transition students to more conventional spelling.

Kindergarten: Sight Word Learning

Hayley Whitaker’s kindergartners spend their transition time learning sight words.

March 19, 2021: Building Empathy Through Reading

Building Empathy Through Reading is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Building Empathy Through Reading Podcast with Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick discusses empowering readers on the podcast.

Empowering Readers Podcast with Sara Kajder

Sara Kajder discusses empowering readers on the podcast.

March 12, 2021: Empower Readers (Part 2)

Empowering Readers (Part 2) is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Multiple Perspectives Cultivate Empathy

Mark Levine explores ways to cultivate empathy by sharing texts with multiple perspectives on the same event in his middle school social studies class.

Building Informed Empathy with Picture Books

Nawal Qarooni Casiano shares three gorgeously varied picture books and guiding questions designed to cultivate an inquisitive stance and informed empathy in students.

When a Library Whispers

Leigh Anne Eck personifies her classroom library by sharing the lessons it whispers when we take the time to listen. This is a practical guide to keeping your classroom library timely and relevant.

Conferring and Conversation

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Tim about his reading.

Build Reader Identity

Cathy Mere knows that growing skills and strategies readers need is essential, yet helping readers find and grow their identity as readers makes the biggest difference of all. 

Nurturing Lifelong Readers

In this beautiful personal essay, Melissa Quimby reminds us to nurture readers through passion conferences, classroom libraries, read-aloud, and independent reading time.

Empowering Readers Podcast with The Choice Literacy Book Club

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses The Barren Grounds on the podcast.

March 5, 2021: Empower Readers (Part 1)

Empowering Readers (Part 1) is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Conferring with Reading Partners in Fourth Grade

Andrea Smith talks with two boys about the book they are reading, Island. They discuss the way their partnership is going, even though the partners are reading at different paces.

What Do Readers Need?

Christy Rush-Levine offers a close look into the needs of readers by considering engagement, enrichment and nourishment. She offers three examples of reading conferences with students.

Best Graphic Novel Adaptations for the Middle Grades

Shari Frost shares her favorite graphic novel adaptations for the middle grades.

Celebrating Writers Podcast with Bitsy Parks

Bitsy Parks discusses celebrating writers on the podcast.

February 26, 2021: Celebrating Writers

Celebrating Writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Celebrating with Fan Fiction

Melanie Meehan shares how a short dip into fan fiction can be a wonderful way to inject some play and raise engagement in writing.

What Are You Celebrating Today?

Melissa Quimby leans in and asks her students to define their celebrations as writers. Rather than always naming the celebration for students, Melissa helps students gain ownership of the writing process by learning to celebrate every stage.

February 19, 2021: Shared Writing

Shared writing is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Shared Writing Podcast with Tammy Mulligan

Tammy Mulligan discusses shared writing on the podcast.

Conferring in Kindergarten: Talk/Draw/Write

Hayley Whitaker confers with a kindergartner and shows him the connections between talking, drawing, and text.

Tips for Creating Shared-Writing Texts Online

Tammy Mulligan offers tips for creating shared-writing texts online.

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