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Katharine Hale tries some flipped minilessons in her fifth-grade classroom and explains how technology is providing new opportunities for student learning.
We consider minilesson design in this week's Big Fresh.
Shirl McPhillips captures beautifully the "hard knuckle" of the end of winter and the slow turn to spring in a new poem and reflection.
Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.
Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.
This month's literacy contract for middle school students focuses on nonfiction texts and growing independence in the classroom.
A fun take on March Madness with book brackets is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the drama of losing his dog, and the value of using two-page spreads to tell a story.
Mary Lee Hahn uses bracketology to help her fifth-grade students explore determining importance in short texts and close reading.
This cluster on argumentative and opinion writing includes contributions from Jennifer Burton, Katie DiCesare, Beth Lawson, and Heather Rader.
When's the best time for some spontaneous opinion writing? Suzy Kaback argues it's when class conversations get hot.
Opinion and argumentative writing are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Is there room for fiction writing in middle schools in the age of the Common Core? Katie Baydo-Reed shares eight compelling reasons why fiction writing is still essential in her eighth-grade classroom.
Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Samantha about reading a series and tackling challenging vocabulary at the same time in this brief video.
Heather Rader concludes her series on sentence combining with a four-step process to help teachers explore the sentence combining craft on their own.
We explore instruction with series and chapter books in this week's Big Fresh.
Franki Sibberson confers with fourth grader Yuki to expand his reading options into more complex series and mysteries.
Ruth Shagoury shares her top picks of mystery series for teens and tweens.
Heather Rader begins a new series on sentence combining, an alternative to traditional drill and kill grammar instruction.
Gretchen Taylor taps into a cultural phenomenon with her seventh-grade writers to help them deepen their writing and reflection.
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