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Most Recent Big Fresh Newsletters
The Big Fresh April 28, 2018 Doing Enough

We consider how to close out the year strong in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh April 21, 2018 Big Dog

We consider what makes literacy instruction authentic in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh April 14, 2018 Radio Hatteras

Old books, new books, and budgeting for book purchases are the focus of this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh April 7, 2018 Reading the World

We look at helping students understand other cultures through literacy in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh March 31, 2018 What Cannot Be Unseen

We look at struggling and striving in writing workshops in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh March 24, 2018 Just Read

We look at ways to celebrate poetry in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh March 17, 2018 Finally Spring

We offer our annual top ten spring break of favorite articles in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh March 10, 2018 Enough

We consider creative ways to teach grammar and editing in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh March 3, 2018 Irish Sushi

We look at read alouds in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh February 24, 2018 Failure and Feedback

We look at assessment and grading in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh February 17, 2018 Memory Box

We look at how to foster student independence in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh February 10, 2018 Again and Again

We consider how to improve lessons in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh February 3, 2018 When Your Car Is Your Teacher

We look at slowing down and paying close attention in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh January 27, 2018 Rosie’s Bucket List

We look at rereading and retelling in this week’s Big Fresh.

The Big Fresh January 20, 2018 Thriving Artists

We look at podcasts and audiobooks in classrooms in this week’s Big Fresh.

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  • 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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