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.
“The Sisters” (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) talk about how the community language board changes and evolves over the year, building a sense of community and shared literacy.
In this four-minute video tour, Jennifer Allen describes how she arranges and displays materials in the “Literacy Room,” the space that has become invaluable in supporting teachers’ professional development in literacy instruction.
This article offers possibilities for observing classrooms focused on talk as an alternative to traditional observation notes.
Brenda Power suggests formats for events that build stronger home-school connections.
Whether it’s time to set up a classroom space from scratch or reorganize space that isn’t meeting needs, The Sisters have the tools you need.
Brenda Power helps report card comment writers pack a punch in a few lines with positivity, honesty and some time-saving tips.
Ruth Shagoury lists a variety of books with languages and scripts far beyond the ABCs to connect school and home languages.
In this time-lapse video, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser help Carrie, a second-year teacher, begin to organize her classroom library according to themes and traffic patterns in the classroom.
In this five-minute time-lapse video, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser redesign the lighting in their colleague Ahnsaly’s literacy meeting area.
Franki Sibberson learns from her daughter about emerging readers and book choice.
This E-Guide provides teachers with a tool to analyze children who need additional observation and analysis to create successful learning opportunities.
Take time for this quick write and Brenda Power will have you conferring with yourself, considering new viewpoints and thoughtfully preparing for your "yeah but" colleagues.
Jennifer Allen’s years of experience with teacher study groups has led her to best practices that make it “safe and easy” for teachers to learn from each other.
Mary Lee Hahn provides a quick primer for teachers new to graphic novels, as well as suggestions for using these novels to teach comprehension.
In this video, “The Sisters” (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) help experienced teacher Kelly create a numbering system for her classroom library.
The Sisters help a new teacher, Amy, sort through junk she inherited from previous occupants of her classroom. The video uses time-lapse videography to show how the coat, storage, and book area is transformed in the process of winnowing down these materials.
When attendance drops in study groups, here are some ways to get it back on track (or take a new direction entirely).
This e-guide includes ten different quotes from a range of educators, activists, authors, and innovators for reflection at all times of the year.
Terms like thinking or comprehension strategies get thrown around a lot, but what do we really mean? Brenda Power helps define seven strategies to build common language and understanding.
TheÂ Two-Column Notes eGuideÂ hasÂ 18 different options for notes in professional development settings.Â These templates are helpful to use in staff meetings and study groups while watching videos, or to focus observations during classroom visits
If there was a centerpiece to teaching writing that also brought students closer together, wouldn't you want to know about it? Read on about the Read-Around.
Jennifer Allen collaborates with a new teacher, Jessica, early in the fall to teach a lesson in Jessica’s 4th grade classroom.
Brenda Power shares advice from teachers that are building and maintaining inquiry study groups with adults.
This e-guide provides tried-and-true workshops plans for educators in need of energy and encouragement.
Determine importance for yourself using a six-step process that individualizes a plan to help you set limits, study deeply and lead the scholarly life you deserve.
If you've ever compared your classroom to a zoo, this article by Brenda Power is for you. You'll take animal trainer advice like "We change behavior in others by breaking routines in delightful ways" and follow it into the classroom.
What do doughnuts and talk-filled mornings have in common? Learn about this Poetry Friday ritual that impacts independent reading time as well.
Franki Sibberson teaches a minilesson on fonts as a revision strategy for her grades 3 and 4 students.
We address the issue of resentment by considering how leaders can stay optimistic and use questions to open up a discussion.
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