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Most Recent Big Fresh Newsletters
July 10, 2020 When Your Glasses Fall Into the Lake

We look at ways to reinforce learning after minilessons in this week’s newsletter.

June 5, 2020 My Son

We help teachers move from teaching retelling to theme in this week’s newsletter.

May 29, 2020 Missing Hallways

We consider ways to boost summer learning in this week’s newsletter.

May 22, 2020 Write Now

We look at writer’s craft in this week’s newsletter.

May 15, 2020 Seeking Community

We celebrate families in this week’s newsletter.

May 8, 2020 Eagle’s Nest

We reflect on how to close out the year with read alouds and interviews in this week’s newsletter.

May 1, 2020 Virtual Third Things

Creative response from teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.

April 24, 2020 Truth and Judgment

Getting better feedback from teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.

April 17, 2020 An Amazing Time

This week we look at the gamut of emotions remote learning brings to teachers and students.

April 10, 2020 Savoring a Book Just Because

We consider journals and notebooks in this week’s newsletter.

April 3, 2020 Good Enough

We look at remote instruction and virtual lessons in this week’s newsletter.

March 27, 2020 New Plans

This week we look at teaching the youngest learners in literacy workshops.

March 13, 2020 Learn to Care

This week we look at teaching about characters in literacy workshops.

March 6, 2020 At Least No One Died

This week we look at self-assessment, the final installment in our two-part newsletter series on assessment.

February 28, 2020 Strengths Focused

This week we look at integrating test prep into literacy workshops.

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  • tips for communicating with parents
  • 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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