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Most Recent Big Fresh Newsletters
October 25, 2019 Candy Bombs

We look at how to develop and use text sets in this week’s newsletter.

October 18, 2019 Offers and Offerings

We look at writing shares in this week’s newsletter.

October 11, 2019 Instagram vs. Google Selves

We look at building reader identities in this week’s newsletter.

October 4, 2019 50 Pages

We consider how to deal with classroom and schoolwide interruptions in this week’s newsletter.

September 27, 2019 Two Wolves

Developing confidence in teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.

September 20, 2019 Leave It

We share some tips for organizing and leading better groups in this week’s newsletter.

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.

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