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Most Recent Big Fresh Newsletters
The Big Fresh February 8, 2014 Keeping It Short

Short texts are the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh February 1, 2014 Strength and Weakness

We consider middle school literacy in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh January 25, 2014 The Unconference

We look at formative assessments in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh January 18, 2014 Reading a Community

Anchor charts are the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh January 11, 2014 Pull Over

Online student research is explored in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh January 4, 2014 Honor the Time

Goals are the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh December 21, 2013 Learning to Love Nonfiction

Student engagement is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh December 14, 2013 If the Shoe Fits

Holiday reading is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh December 7, 2013 Come On, Man

Teaching conventions is the topic of  this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh November 30, 2013 5-2-1-0

We look at nonfiction in classroom libraries in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh November 23, 2013 Abandoning Books

Conferring is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh November 16, 2013 First Fruits

Connecting classrooms with tech tools is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh November 9, 2013 The Ultimate Desk Challenge

How to teach theme is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh November 2, 2013 Running and Reading

Student partnerships are the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh October 26, 2013 PD Overload

We consider gender issues in reading and writing in this week’s Big Fresh.

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