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Katie DiCesare thinks about what language supports student independence early in the year and how to share this in an anchor chart with her first graders.
Oral language is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Mary Lee Hahn explains how Genius Hour fosters the language of risk, exploration, and uncertainty with her fifth graders all year long.
We look at launching book clubs and early reading discussions in this week's Big Fresh.
Stella Villalba finds what English language learners need more than almost anything else is patience with silence and time to formulate responses.
In these brief writing conferences with second graders, Sean Moore reinforces an earlier minilesson on using descriptive language.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are rethinking questions used in one-on-one reading conferences.
Melanie Meehan finds read aloud is a great time for children to connect opinions and experiences.
Mary Lee Hahn considers how book clubs have changed over time in her fifth-grade classroom.
As she confers with first grader Kendall, Deb Gaby skillfully weaves questions about home and reading together.
Writer's craft is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
In this discussion with fifth graders about her book Paper Things, author Jennifer Richard Jacobson and the students share strategies and tools for visualizing scenes and characters when they are writing stories.
Ruth Ayres finds it is helpful for teachers and students to sort through different types of writing techniques lessons in planning for instruction and revision.
Carly Ullmer learns a powerful lesson about teaching her middle school students to respond to peer writing.
Maria Caplin has suggestions for making transitions to digital literacy in reading and writing workshops.
We look at celebrations and community building in this week's Big Fresh.
Melanie Quinn finds it is worth taking time for community building in schools and classrooms, because the practice pays dividends all year long.
Melissa Kolb explores what needs to be in place for our youngest students to learn how to converse kindly.
Melanie Meehan recommends linking goal setting to small celebrations as a great way to build community and skills at the same time.
We consider anchor charts and wall displays in this week's Big Fresh.
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