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Flexible grouping is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Communicating with families is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.
We consider “just-right” books in this week’s Big Fresh.
Logs and notebooks are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Student research in the age of the Common Core is the topic of this week’s Big Fresh.
Mentors near and far are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
We consider close reading in this week’s Big Fresh.
Setting goals for students and adults is the topic of this week's Big Fresh.
Using tech resources to build a classroom reading and writing community is the topic of this week’s Big Fresh.
We consider book and wall displays in this week’s Big Fresh.
Planning and prioritizing assessments early in the year is the topic of this week’s Big Fresh.
Routines for independence is the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.
We have many takes on selecting first read alouds in this week’s Big Fresh.
Reading series books is the topic of this week’s Big Fresh.
Renewal and reflection is explored in this week’s Big Fresh.
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