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We help teachers move from teaching retelling to theme in this week’s newsletter.
We reflect on how to close out the year with read alouds and interviews in this week’s newsletter.
Creative response from teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.
Getting better feedback from teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.
This week we look at the gamut of emotions remote learning brings to teachers and students.
We consider journals and notebooks in this week’s newsletter.
We look at remote instruction and virtual lessons in this week’s newsletter.
This week we look at self-assessment, the final installment in our two-part newsletter series on assessment.
This week we look at integrating test prep into literacy workshops.
This week we look at how to create cozy and safe learning spaces.
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