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July 30, 2021: What routines might you reconsider for next school year?

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. —John Maynard Keynes Small Gifts Are Special When I turned 12, I received one...

July 23, 2021: How Does Technology Enhance Workshop Routines?

Assume the best intent in others around you. You will often be right, and even when you’re not, people can rise to your view of them. Not always, but enough...

June 25, 2021: How Do You Reach Readers?

If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name. —Kendrick Lamar How Did You Get Your Name? When I was born, my parents told the nurse...

June 18, 2021: Mentor Texts

Pay close, foolish, even absurd attention to things. —Ian Bogost The Art of Noticing I am constantly trying to live an unhurried life. It’s been a quest for most of...

June 11, 2021: Conventions

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across...

June 4, 2021: Multimodal Writing

Books are something social—a writer speaking to a reader—so I think making the reading of a book the center of a social event, the meeting of a book club, is...

May 28, 2021: Craft Moves for Writers

When we are no longer able to change our situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. —Viktor Frankl [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Don’t...

May 21, 2021: Transfer of Learning

The more you practice, the better you get, the more freedom you have to create. —Jocko Willink [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Practice with...

May 14, 2021: Perspectives

Our power resides in our collective strength. We are what we are seeking. —Nawal Qarooni Casiano [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Change Your Perspective...

May 7, 2021: Connections

As the world becomes a more digital place, we cannot forget about the human connection. —Adam Neumann [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] 29 Letters...

April 30, 2021: Courses Special Issue

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. —Anthony J. D’Angelo [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Courses Special...

April 23, 2021: End-of-Year Reflections

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than...

April 16, 2021: Hidden Treasures (Part 2)

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. —Roald Dahl [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Finding the Greatest Secrets I love the...

April 9, 2021: Hidden Treasures (Part 1)

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. —Thornton Wilder [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as...

March 26, 2021: Word Work

My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. —A. A. Milne [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as...

March 19, 2021: Building Empathy Through Reading

Empathy is the highest form of intelligence —Anthony Gucciardi [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Learn to Care “Children must learn to care,” the presenter...

March 12, 2021: Empower Readers (Part 2)

Struggling readers need precisely what good readers receive—lots of high-success reading experiences. —Richard Allington [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Empowering Readers Dear Friend, We...

March 5, 2021: Empower Readers (Part 1)

What are we doing for our students that they could be doing for themselves? —Diana Laufenberg [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Empowering Readers I...

February 26, 2021: Celebrating Writers

There is an art to enticing writers: we’re looking to challenge and cheer students to keep writing. —Ruth Ayres, Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as...

February 19, 2021: Shared Writing

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. —William Faulkner [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh...

February 12, 2021: Argument Writing

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision, and change. —Richard Branson [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] We Are Where We Are...