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We look at welcoming school guests (even unhappy ones) in this week's Big Fresh.
Justin Stygles decides he needs to completely rethink the role of classroom aides.
Prolific children's book author Laura Purdie Salas explains why you should treat visiting authors like rock stars, with many tips and examples from her writing friends.
Andie Cunningham deals with the tension of welcoming an unhappy parent into her kindergarten classroom.
There is never enough in schools to do all we need to do, so that is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Danielle French's first graders continue to test out new math concepts and language in the conclusion of this lesson series.
Ruth Ayres provides a ready reference guide for the typical length of everything from a minilesson to a conferring session.
Gigi McAllister gives suggestions for finding pockets of time in overstuffed schedules.
Leslie Lloyd preserves instructional time by having her third-grade students share their Post It Prove It notes on a bulletin board throughout the reading workshop.
Maria Caplin explains how a digital status sheet saves minutes every week that add up to extra hours of instructional time over the year.
We look at conferring with students in this week's Big Fresh.
Franki Sibberson explains how longer conferences early in the year pay dividends all year long.
Ruth Ayres confers with fourth grader Ty about his personal narrative, and works to move him away from a "bed-to-bed" approach in his writing.
Melanie Meehan shares what's essential in conferring.
Max Brand tutors a struggling fourth grader who produces very little writing.
Student research is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Andrea Smith explains why infographics are more useful than ever in the age of the Common Core, and provides many links to free infographic resources on the web.
Danielle French's first-grade students are practicing new math vocabulary during a lesson. This is the first video in a series.
Content word work is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Shari Frost has some practical suggestions for more thoughtful word work.
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