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This week we look at how to build and sustain remote learning communities.
We look at how to help students differentiate between fact and fiction in this week’s newsletter.
We look at building kindness and community in this week’s newsletter.
We look at routines and structures for learning in this week’s newsletter.
We look at ways to learn student names and honor their history early in the year in this week’s newsletter.
We look at ways to teach realistic and historical fiction in this week’s newsletter.
We look at ways to reinforce learning after minilessons in this week’s newsletter.
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.
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