Choice Literacy Articles & Videos
The Choice Literacy library contains over 3,000 articles and 900 videos from 150+ contributors. Classic Classroom and Literacy Leadership subscribers have access to the entire library. Content is updated continuously, with 5 – 6 new features published each week.
Make it personal with these lovely design suggestions from "The Sisters" for bringing students' homes into your classroom.
Jan Miller Burkins works with colleagues to develop the “I Think I Wonder I Understand” reflective tool for literacy coaches.
In this installment of Book Matchmaker, Franki Sibberson shares her favorite books for 3rd graders who are not at grade level, but don’t want to read texts that will embarrass them in front of their peers.
What are the best books for the visual learners in your classroom? Carol Wilcox draws on her experience as a mom to two boys who do not love her “world of words” in coming up with suggestions.
We love seeing growth, but how can we plan for plateaus or even dips with young writers? Aimee Buckner finds it's all about commitment.
Dana Murphy explains how her small-group planner is an essential tool for organizing groups in her fourth-grade classroom.
Justin Stygles describes the four crucial components of effective assessment.
Jennifer Schwanke and Franki Sibberson share four perspectives on student-led conferences — teacher, principal, student, and parent.
An elementary literacy team discusses word learning in the context of student assessment results as part of a yearlong inquiry into word study.
Jennifer Schwanke questions the routines of how wall displays are used in classrooms.
Time is precious in classrooms, so Melanie Meehan shares strategies to ensure it isn't wasted at the start of new writing units by teaching skills students may already possess.
Barbara Coleman finds classroom tours are a terrific professional development activity early in the year, fostering unexpected collaboration among colleagues.
Jennifer Jones reflects upon the “teacherisms” in writing workshops — the language we use that defines our values and routines.
Mandy Robek explains with a video example how “interruptions” from students can deepen the shared reading experience. In this case, her kindergarten class is exploring punctuation.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for Skype use in classrooms, covering everything from student etiquette to special events.
Melissa Styger finds she needs to make changes to her just-right book lesson to meet the needs of her third-grade students.
The words prompting and support appear often in the kindergarten Common Core State Standards. Mandy Robek analyzes what prompting and support looks and sounds like in her kindergarten classroom by using a video example.
Max Brand uses a name chart with his kindergarten English language learners to teach letters and sounds, and build community.
Ann Marie Corgill shares how she organizes materials for literacy learning in the third installment of her design series.
Handwritten notes have timeless appeal, and great value for teachers and literacy leaders.
One skill at a time — here are some suggestions for a step-by-step approach to learning how to take good observational notes in the classroom.
Welcome your students to school by honoring their cultures — this diverse list is just right for diverse classrooms.
Sometimes it takes a village to help a preschooler feel a part of the group, especially one who cries almost all the time. Kelly Petrin finds her young students have more empathy and resiliency than she imagined when she enlists their support.
Ruth Ayres leads a minilesson in second grade on inside/outside views — what’s happening objectively (on the outside) vs. emotions (on the inside). The terms are a good starting point for helping young students distinguish between facts and opinions.
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