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Bitsy Parks has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. She teaches first grade in Beaverton, Oregon, where she finds joy in nurturing young students to discover their reading and writing identities and build a foundation for a love of learning. Bitsy has degrees from Colorado College and Lewis and Clark College. She is an adjunct instructor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. You can find Bitsy on Twitter (@BitsyParks).
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Conferring Notebook Details
Bitsy Parks opens her conferring notebook and shares powerful ways to use conferring notes to differentiate instruction for students in reading and writing.
How Many? Counting Opportunities in Picture Books
Bitsy Parks shares the importance of counting and a booklist of picture books that lend themselves to counting opportunities.
Math Is Everywhere
Bitsy Parks shares an initial read aloud to encourage primary students to develop the ability to see math everywhere.
Spontaneous Text Sets
Bitsy Parks wanted to create an intentional read aloud routine that responded to student interests and needs as readers. She shares the way her responsive selection of books led to spontaneous (and powerful) text sets.
How to Begin a Community Circle
Bitsy Parks gives direction in beginning a community circle with primary learners.
Holidays: Where Do They Fit in the Classroom?
Bitsy Parks shares the inspiration and practical ways she celebrates and honors holidays from many cultures in her classroom.
The Best Advice for Keeping Students at the Heart of Lesson Plans
Bitsy Parks shares her best advice for lesson planning in a way that keeps the focus on students. She encourages finding joy in the planning process by observing them.
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