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Writing Graphic Novels

Melanie Meehan shares the immersion process of writing graphic novels with middle grade students. You won’t want to miss the incredible student writing that shows the power of offering choice to young writers.

Graphic Engagement

Joanne Emery supports students as readers and writers of graphic novels. Included is a list of resource books and websites, as well as students’ favorite graphic novels.

June 2, 2023: Uplifting Student Voices

This week’s newsletter is about uplifting student voices.

May 26, 2023: Extending Empathy

This week’s newsletter is about extending empathy.

The Language We Use and How It Strengthens Understanding

Suzy Kaback explores the importance of the way teachers use language and invite kids to use theirs. It is the key to knowing ourselves, tuning in to others, and understanding the larger world.

What’s Your Point of View?

Molly James helps us develop an essential point of view for uplifting choice in decision making for young writers and readers.

Alert! Mistakes in Progress

Becca Burk gives the science behind mistakes and growth, and offers suggestions on ways to use mistakes as a means to help students become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Overcoming Challenges in Writing Workshop with Trauma-Informed Practices

Ruth Ayres shares three mindsets to help teachers prioritize connection over correction when teaching writers.

May 19, 2023: Celebrations

This week’s newsletter is about celebrations.

May 12, 2023: Opinion Writing

This week’s newsletter is about opinion writing.

QuickTake: Grading Student Writing

Ruth Ayres shares a process for grading student writing that improves efficiency and accuracy.

Young Author Celebrations

Jennifer Court shares the celebrations that propel students to engage in the Young Authors Program.

It’s Time to Admire: Sharing in the Beauty of Students’ Writing

Heather Fisher shares a process to help teachers learn to admire student writers and find the beauty in their work.

May 5, 2023: Our Youngest Readers

This week’s newsletter is about teaching primary readers.

Opinion Writing in Primary Grades: Layers of Support

Ruth Metcalfe suggests several layer of supports to uplift young writers as they begin to write their opinions.

Taking a Stance: Supporting Opinions in Primary Writers 

Josie Stewart and Hannah Tills expand their view of opinion writing to taking a stance, and are reminded of the power of choice and honoring student passions and interests. At the same time, students are reminded that their voice is heard and their opinions matter. 

Eight Phonemic Awareness Activities for Morning Meeting

Lisa Mazinas suggests eight short phonemic awareness games that are quick and engaging word work opportunities.

Energizing Early Readers: The Classroom Library as a Co-Teacher (Booklist)

Ruth Metcalfe shares a fun-loving and inspiring early reader booklist to help boost reading energy in her classroom library.

Five Ways to Teach Fluency

Dana Murphy reminds us of five ways to teach fluency…especially when reading seems laborious.

April 28, 2023: Family Connections

This week’s newsletter is about family connections.

Rethinking Parent-Teacher Conferences: Centering the Humanity of Students in All Discourses

Stella Villalba offers five compelling tips to making parent-teacher conference conversations more joyful, useful, and hopeful.

Six Tips to Plan a Family Literacy Night 

Does planning a family literacy night seem overwhelming? Lisa Mazinas offers six tips to ensure a thoughtful and successful event.

April 21, 2023: Slow Down and Listen

This week’s newsletter is about listening to students.

QuickTake: Choice in Making Plans for Writing

Ruth Ayres shares the importance of giving students choice when planning their writing projects.

Questioning My Choice for Silence

Stella Villalba questioned her choice for silent writing time when she began listening to students. In this thought-provoking article, Stella gives direction in how to meet the needs of all students—those who need time to talk and those who need a quiet writing space.

Slow Down to Meet the Needs of All Learners

In this era of pressure to perform, Vivian Chen suggests slowing down as an act of intentionality, equity, and meeting the needs of all learners.

April 14, 2023: The Beauty and Brilliance of Students

This week’s newsletter is about the brilliance and beauty of students.

Writing from the Heart

Kate Mills and Tara Barnett pour their hearts into teaching writers, but when Tara loses her family dog, she is reminded that writing is the thing that helps us understand what’s most important.

Validating Students

When an excited young reader interrupts the quiet hum of reading workshop, Becca Burk analyzes the important unseen choices students make as learners, and the powerful messages teachers’ responses send.

Centering Students’ Brilliance (Booklist)

Stella Villalba is passionate about centering the beauty, brilliance, and genius of all students in our classrooms. She shares an inclusive booklist to inspire and support other educators in doing the same.

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