You can read our most recent articles and videos here. We publish 5-6 new features each week, which can also be viewed in the Big Fresh Archives.
Habits and routines are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Shari Frost finds that shared reading routines are easier to implement now because of tech tools.
Christy Rush-Levine takes an oddly shaped unused nook in her classroom and turns it into a charming space where students can choose to take a quiet break with a "Self-Imposed Time-Out" (SITO).
This week we look at different ways to press the pause button and think about what's working and what isn't.
Gretchen Schroeder has three strategies for slowing down with her high school students and savoring literacy learning.
Sean Moore helps his second graders remember the classroom routines and protocols for sharing reading reflections through a circle group.
Mary Lee Hahn realizes how much a workshop approach has changed her planning process and comfort level with the unexpected.
Celebrations are the pause that refreshes between writing units for many teachers. Melanie Meehan shares suggestions for creative celebrations.
We consider student independence in this week's Big Fresh.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson chats with a group of fifth graders about how to generate ideas for writing independently each day.
Katrina Edwards confers with Camilla, a struggling reader. She is a child who has no confidence in herself. The Compliment Conference is a way to acknowledge and build upon Camilla's strengths, and boost her self-esteem at the same time.
Cathy Mere shares what to look for and what to try next with young learners who are easily distracted and struggling to concentrate during independent reading.
How do you scaffold students for independent work? Melanie Meehan finds Wonder and React is a great strategy to use with fifth graders during an information writing unit.
Time for what matters is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Carly Ullmer finds herself wasting a lot of time because of interruptions during student conferences, so she makes building stamina in her middle school students a priority.
Gretchen Schroeder has only 42 minutes with her high school students each day. She explains how she establishes priorities.
Time is precious in classrooms, so Melanie Meehan shares strategies to ensure it isn't wasted at the start of new writing units by teaching skills students may already possess.
Mandy Robek finds kindergartner Mikey is lost in knowing how to use his time well during reading workshop. Her conference moves him from deflated to inspired.
We look at the writing process (and processes) in this week's Big Fresh.
Content literacy is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
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