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Keeping Unity

When students feel safe then they are positioned to learn. Julie Cox shares ways to create a learning environment that brings unity to her high school classroom.

What is Communication? A Mini-Inquiry Project and Booklist

Bitsy Parks leads her first grade class in a study about communication in order to strengthen their social distanced and muffled-by-masks community. Included is a booklist.

Reflective Practice Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss reflective practice on the podcast.

December 3, 2021: Reflective Practice

This week’s newsletter is about reflective practice.

Grow and Innovate with Reflection

Julie Cox makes a case for reflection as an essential tool for growth and innovations. She shares simple and powerful practices that will allow all educators to continue to deepen their instructional practices.

The Reluctant Marathoner: Reflecting on Student Engagement

Gretchen Schroeder uses her reluctance as a marathon runner to reflect on how to encourage more engagement in reading and writing.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Octopus Stew

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez.

November 26, 2021: Courses Special Issue

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

Classroom Libraries Podcast

Melanie Meehan and Ruth Ayres discuss classroom libraries.

November 19, 2021: Classroom Libraries

Classroom libraries is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Quick Take: Simple Classroom Library Organization

Christy Rush-Levine shares her simple system for organizing her massive classroom library.

Leading Students Toward Underused Sections of the Classroom Library

Gretchen Schroeder intentionally leads students to “jilted genres” in her classroom library.

The Seasons of Classroom Libraries

Melissa Quimby shifts her classroom library throughout the year so that as her students grow as readers, her library will continue to nourish them.

Encouragement for Readers and Writers Podcast

Cathy mere and Ruth Ayres discuss building connections beyond the classroom.

November 12, 2021: Encouragement for Readers and Writers

Encouragement for students as readers and writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Formative Assessment From Share Sessions

Ruth Ayres outlines different kinds of share sessions and different formats for the share, including some that take advantage of technology.

Write Like Nancy

Inspired by a stranger on a walk, Jen Court clarifies the importance of sharing our writing lives with others. She identifies three important qualities of a writing community.

November 4, 2021: Empowerment for Readers and Writers

Empowerment for students as readers and writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Fifth-Grade Writing Conference: The Heart of the Story

Dana Murphy confers with fifth grader Rebecca about her writing draft, and they discuss the heart of her story.

The Answer Is Always “Yes”

Julie Johnson shows how saying yes empowers students to do the work of writers: make decisions, experiment, build relationships, and be confident as a writer.

Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out (or, how to give students the resources, space, and time for self-directed literacy learning)

Matt Renwick challenges educators that if we believe that social and emotional learning is just as important as academics, then we ought to use resources, space, and time to support self-directed learning.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Enduring Freedom

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy.

October 29, 2021: Expanding Reading Choices

Expanding reading choices is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Expanding Book Choices for Secondary Readers

Ruth Ayres challenges us to be more open to the books that live in our secondary classroom libraries. She contends that committing to supporting choice in independent reading means rethinking some of the restrictions we put on adolescent readers.

A Case for Graphic Novels as “Real” Reading

Christy Rush-Levine makes a case for the robust nature of reading graphic novels. Included are two downloads: a classroom library permission slip and an initial reader’s notebook entry form.

Minilesson: Using a Web Search to Help Visualize

Staci Revere helps her middle school multilanguage students learn to visualize by using a web search to discover images and understand the text in a deeper way.

Building Connections Beyond the Classroom Walls Podcast

Cathy mere and Ruth Ayres discuss building connections beyond the classroom.

October 22, 2021: Building Community Beyond the Classroom

Building connections beyond the classroom is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Creating a Community of Care: Beyond the Classroom Walls

Stella Villalba outlines three ways to cultivate a community for students beyond the classroom walls. There is comfort for teachers and students in knowing that a larger community is rooting for them.

The Classroom Library: Building Bridges

Cathy Mere presses to help children take the first steps in growing a sustainable reading life that carries beyond the classroom walls. She offers ways to build bridges to the school and public libraries as an essential step.

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