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Most Recent Big Fresh Newsletters
September 13, 2019 Lingering a Little

We conclude our three-week series on read-alouds in this week’s newsletter.

September 6, 2019 Evoking Book Memories

We continue our three-week series on read-alouds in this week’s newsletter.

August 30, 2019 Farm Share

We begin a three-week series on read-alouds in this week’s newsletter.

August 23, 2019 Blank Canvas

We explore the use of anchor charts in this week’s newsletter.

August 16, 2019 We Know How

We consider our youngest learners in this week’s newsletter.

August 9, 2019 Reading the Signs

We look at a favorite tool for teachers in literacy workshops, status of the class, in this week’s newsletter.

August 2, 2019 Diving into New Roles

We look at how to build classroom communities early in the year in this week’s newsletter.

July 26, 2019 Death by Banana

We look at reading at home in this week’s newsletter.

July 19, 2019 Data Without Judgment

We look at classroom, coaching, and literacy norms in this week’s newsletter.

July 12, 2019 The Most Important Person

We look at the pros and cons of assigning literacy homework in this week’s newsletter.

June 21, 2019 Invitations to Move

We look at how to improve small-group instruction in this week’s newsletter.

June 14, 2019 Fly-Fishing on a Basketball Court

We look at talk scaffolds for learners of all ages in this week’s newsletter.

June 7, 2019 Maps and Journeys

We look at student note-taking in this week’s newsletter.

May 31, 2019 Smart Enough to Know How Dumb I Am

We look at student note-taking in this week’s newsletter.

May 24, 2019 Yets

We consider ways to be more inclusive in this week’s newsletter.

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  • tools for organizing nonfiction in classroom libraries
  • rubrics for assessing literacy coaching
  • favorite read alouds for the first and last days of school
  • classroom observation protocols
  • suggestions for wall displays that promote literacy growth
  • ideas for revamping word work programs
  • ways to spice up writing minilessons

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