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We look at building relationships early in the year in this week's Big Fresh.
Curriculum night? No sweat says Tony Keefer. Only kidding -- there is a lot of sweat involved, but Tony's humorous account of how he has changed his curriculum night presentation will get you thinking about new ways of connecting with families.
Katherine Sokolowski advises teachers to ditch the search for the perfect management system, and instead focus on building relationships early in the school year.
Susan Dee uses shoebox autobiographies to build community and relationships with students early in the fall.
Mandy Robek gives a tour of her kindergarten classroom, highlighting literacy spaces that build relationships and independence for her young learners.
We consider student writing of this week's Big Fresh.
Tony Keefer confers with fourth grader Sydney about revising her writing and transitioning to a new genre early in the year.
Ruth Ayres has advice for effective peer feedback in writing workshops.
If you find yourself buried in student work that needs a response, you'll enjoy suggestions from Bill Bass for using a nifty new online tool.
First activities for the school year are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Christy Rush-Levine introduces her middle school students to the complexity of reading on the first day of school.
Sean Moore leads a second-grade whole-class reading share early in the year. This quick video shows that this instruction time is as much about establishing social norms as talking about reading.
Franki Sibberson finds an "I Used to and Now I" format helps her third-grade students understand how technology is changing reading habits.
Launching a sort with primary students early in the year begins not with words, but with leaves for Max Brand.
Memoir is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Ruth Ayres gives fourth grader Allie an organization tool for brainstorming memoir possibilities early in the year.
Gigi McAllister finds the ever-popular six-word memoirs are a wonderful way to build community and help students get to know each other.
Mandy Robek shares her favorite texts for building understanding early in the year of writing workshop with young writers. These books are ideal for launching discussions about how writers find ideas.
Gretchen Schroeder ditches the long discussion of rules and procedures with her high school students, and instead gives writing workshop a sweet start.
We feature books for launching reading workshop in this week's Big Fresh.
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