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Rethinking “Finding” the Central Idea

Leigh Anne Eck offers a step-by-step guide to help students build a central idea when it is implied in a nonfiction text.

Teaching Summary

Christy Rush-Levine faces the challenge of helping her students see summary writing not as drudgery, but as a way to build more sophisticated thinking around texts.

Meaningful Conversations Podcast with Christy Rush-Levine

Christy Rush-Levine discusses meaningful conversations on the podcast.

January 22, 2021: Meaningful Conversations

Meaningful conversations is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Meaningful Conversations

Christy Rush-Levine wraps meaningful conversations about race into her curriculum instead of making it “one more thing” to squeeze into the school day.

One Text. One Conversation. Many Possibilities.

Matt Renwick explores ways in which whole-class conversations around one text can build a strong community as understanding is co-constructed.

January 15, 2021: Equity

Equity is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Picture Books That Affirm and Celebrate Students’ Identities

Stella Villalba shares 2020 picture books to celebrate and affirm students’ identities.

Field Notes: 6 Ways to Respond Remotely to Build a Community of Writers

Ruth Ayres observes a writing workshop that is remote. She reflects on the ways students offer feedback and how their community of writers is established.

Three Small Moves to Make a More Inclusive Classroom

Leigh Anne Eck reflects on three small moves she made to create a more inclusive classroom.

Empowering Choice Podcast with Nawal Qarooni Casiano

Nawal Qarooni Casiano shares how to empower choice in kids leading minilessons on the podcast.

January 8, 2021: Empowering Choice

Choice is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Actively Recognizing Biases

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills reflect on the ways they actively recognize their own biases and help students recognize their own.

Choice Boards for Writing Workshop

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills give a step-by-step guide for creating choice boards in writing workshop.

December 18, 2020: Fresh Starts

Fresh starts is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

December 11, 2020: Digital Reading

Digital reading is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Writing Work Plans

Brian Sepe empowers students to make their own plans during writing workshop.

December 4, 2020: Assessing Writers

Assessing writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

First-Grade Writing Conference: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

In this first-grade writing conference, Katrina Edwards helps Brooklyn order and stretch out her writing with a beginning, middle, and end. She uses long pages and scissors as tools.

Extending Invitations in Workshop: Ways to Empower Student Choice

Dana Murphy suggests three ways to empower student choice in workshop and get more students to accept the invitations we offer.

Digital Reading Strategies

Mandy Robek reflects on her identity as a digital and print reader and offers strategies to support students reading digital texts.

Online Routines to Create Energetic Reading Communities

Melissa Quimby shares online routines to strengthen the class reading community.

Comparing Book and Television Adaptations in a Reading Conference

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Adriana over her response to Pretty Little Liars, considering differences between the television show and book.

Troubleshooting Difficulties When Writing a Big Idea in Memoir

Kate Mills and Tara Barnett pinpoint common difficulties in sixth-grade memoir. They share teaching points and student writing samples before and after revision.

Rotation of the Classroom Library

Inspired by a closet clean-out, Leigh Anne Eck considers the way a seasonal rotation is also good for classroom libraries.

Assessing Students Online: Small and Powerful Moves

Tammy Mulligan shares small and mighty moves when assessing students online.

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