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We look at launching classroom libraries in this week’s Big Fresh.
Christy Rush-Levine writes about the push and pull of wanting to put books into students’ hands, and needing at the same time to give them room to explore the classroom library.
Bitsy Parks helps first graders early in the year engage with the library by introducing a series with companion stuffed animals to a small group.
Franki Sibberson explains how she watches students closely and adjusts her library based on what she sees all year long.
Katherine Sokolowski builds interest in a new book in the classroom library through a book talk on Wish Girl.
Dana Murphy considers how teachers can make writing workshop routines more cozy and like writing at home.
Ruth Ayres explains which workshop routines are essential for children who come to school bearing trauma.
Gretchen Schroeder finds new routines in her high school workshop means letting go of old expectations.
Katrina Edwards demonstrates a read and think check-in from her first-grade classroom.
We consider the difference between engagement and compliance in this week’s Big Fresh.
It’s not an invitation if students are required to accept it. Franki Sibberson explains how engagement depends upon true choice and lots of options in her fifth-grade classroom.
Christy Rush-Levine has to figure out how to engage a class of students that is compliant and dutiful, but shows little passion for reading and writing.
From length to heart, Tara Smith provides seven criteria for selecting the first read aloud of the year that can engage students right from the start.
Fifth-grader Orion uses sticky notes to make questions and predictions at the end of each chapter.
We look at strategies for self care in this week’s Big Fresh.
Gretchen Schroeder struggles to understand the meaning and value of her teaching when two former students overdose and die in separate incidents, and another is indicted on murder charges. These events lead to deep reflection on how teachers can move beyond feelings of sadness, apathy, and envy.
Mark Levine depends upon a simple meditation strategy during the required moment of silence in his classroom to begin each day with a calm sense of purpose.
Stella Villalba uses the inquiry and reflection skills she has developed as a teacher to pore through her planner and journal for clues to why her energy flagged in the winter and spring, and what she can do differently next year.
Reagan, a fifth grader in Franki Sibberson's class, explains how she uses sticky notes to flag examples of writer's craft she could use in her own writing.
We look at how to teach theme to teens and tweens in this week’s Big Fresh.
Tara Smith shares many strategies for helping her sixth graders get to the heart of understanding themes in literature.
We continue our video series from Franki Sibberson's class of fifth graders explaining how they take notes while reading. Sarah marks important elements early in the mystery she is reading, so she can easily refer to them later.
Christy Rush-Levine moves from emphasizing theme to teaching strategies for understanding text, and finds it’s a much better way to get her eighth graders to grapple with theme in natural, organic ways.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Jadev about how the title of a book often gives clues to its theme.
We consider the importance of background knowledge in this week’s Big Fresh.
Justin Stygles questions his conferring routine during writing workshops, and the value of interrupting students early in the drafting process.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Cam, an eighth grader who seeks to understand the complexity of war through the experiences of main characters in novels.
There is probably no population more misunderstood or vilified than refugees. Stella Villalba shares a booklist to help young students understand the refugee's plight and experiences.
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