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We look at a favorite tool for teachers in literacy workshops, status of the class, in this week’s newsletter.
We look at how to build classroom communities early in the year in this week’s newsletter.
We look at classroom, coaching, and literacy norms in this week’s newsletter.
We look at the pros and cons of assigning literacy homework in this week’s newsletter.
We look at how to improve small-group instruction in this week’s newsletter.
We look at talk scaffolds for learners of all ages in this week’s newsletter.
We look at student note-taking in this week’s newsletter.
We look at cleaning up and closing out the year in literacy in this week’s newsletter.
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