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Poetry Part 1 Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss poetry on the podcast.

March 25, 2022: Poetry Part 1

This week’s newsletter is the first installment about poetry.

Novels in Verse (Booklist)

Leigh Anne Eck curates a fantastic booklist of novels in verse for middle-grade and young adult readers.

Age Poems

Katherine Sokolowski immerses students in poetry with mentor texts about age and time to linger in thinking about their own ages. This combination invites poetry into classrooms and gives students space to embrace the genre by writing their own age poems.

Rehearsal for Writers Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss student-led learning on the podcast.

March 18, 2022: Rehearsal for Writers

This week’s newsletter is about rehearsal for writers.

Making Data Personal Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss student-led learning on the podcast.

March 11, 2022: Making Data Personal

This week’s newsletter is about making data personal.

Student-Led Learning Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss student-led learning on the podcast.

March 4, 2022: Student-Led Learning

This week’s newsletter is about student-led learning.

Circulating During Writing Workshop

Christy Rush-Levine circulates for quick conferences as students complete their literary analysis essays.

Mining the Data

Heather Fisher shares how to rebrand data meetings as mining meetings to turn anxiety and frustration into actionable and meaningful responses to data.

Making Data Review More Personal

Dana Murphy describes an approach to “data-review days” that looks beyond numbers to the faces of kids and talks about all kids in all of their humanity.

Student-Created Assessments

Ruth Metcalfe releases responsibility to her first-grade class to create formative assessments and take ownership in their learning.

A Perfect Opportunity for Choice: Showing Theme

Tara Barnett outlines ways to offer choices for students to show their understandings of a book’s theme. Download a choice board and rubric.

February 24, 2022: Reading Identities

This week’s newsletter is about reading identities.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and Melissa Sweet.

Feedback to Writers (Part 2) Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss feedback to writers on the podcast.

February 18, 2022: Feedback to Writers (Part 2)

This week’s newsletter is the second installment about feedback to writers.

Adding Energy to the Classroom Library

Mandy Robek shares ways to reorganize and revamp your classroom library to energize students as readers.

Conferring Over Character Motivation

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Erica about her reading response to 13th Reality. She helps Erica consider character motivation.

Feedback to Writers (Part 1) Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss feedback to writers on the podcast.

February 11, 2022: Feedback to Writers (Part 1)

This week’s newsletter is the first installment about feedback to writers.

Making Feedback Visible for Young Writers

Ruth Metcalfe is determined to make teaching points from writing conferences visible for her young multi-language learners. She offers a how-to guide for all teachers to do the same and make the teaching accessible to students even after the conference is over.

Status of the Class for Readers and Writers

Matt Renwick reflects on the importance of building students’ identities as readers and writers and the power of a daily status of the class. Download a template to put this routine in place in your own classroom.

Giving Feedback to Energize Writers

Josie Stewart and Hannah Tills ponder the importance of energizing writers with feedback. They offer tips to ensure feedback uplifts writers.

A Three-Part Conferring Kit

Bitsy Parks shares a simple three-part conferring kit that will position anecdotal notes to guide instruction.

Quick Take: Using Mailboxes for Private Feedback

Christy Rush-Levine shares her system for streamlining passing papers and offering a place for private feedback.

Persuasive Writing Podcast

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

February 4, 2022: Persuasive Writing

This week’s newsletter is about persuasive writing.

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