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We consider the value of reading aloud to students in this week's Big Fresh.
Katie Doherty finds read alouds are a valuable tool for developing middle school writers.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are using read alouds as an intervention strategy with struggling learners.
Melanie Swider discovers that conversations after read alouds are a wonderful way for students to remember and retain the learning from shared texts.
Tony Keefer demonstrates how he makes his read-alouds interactive, and explains why he selected Percy Jackson to use with this group of fourth graders.
We look at the spring slump in this week's Big Fresh.
Sometimes you get a class of students that pushes every one of your buttons. Shari Frost provides a case study of one teacher's survival strategies.
Mary Lee Hahn finds midyear is the perfect time for refreshing anchor charts.
Are you finding effort from students is flagging? Katherine Sokolowski develops check-in sheets as a way to lift student energy and reflection
Notebooks are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Shari Frost explains how teachers get creative with poetry notebooks.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Melanie Swider describes how she develops notebook pages for minilessons and conferring.
Aimee Buckner confers with Sarah about sketching in her notebook.
Katie Doherty Czerwinski tackles the challenging issue of helping a student catch up in book clubs and reading workshop when they have missed a lot of class time.
We look at play in this week's Big Fresh.
Ruth Ayres confers with Izzy to help her create an organizer in her writing notebook.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris connect their own working lives to those of students, and consider the value of play.
Melanie Meehan suggests some favorite classroom games for building literacy skills.
Katherine Sokolowski gives advice for integrating student teachers into literacy workshop instruction.
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