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Prewriting and drafting are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Gretchen Schroeder finds group composing is a fun way to build community, writing skills, and understanding of how arguments work with her high school students.
Ruth Ayres argues against lockstep approaches to the writing process.
Max Brand challenges himself to let a student take more of the lead during a writing tutoring session.
Mandy Robek leads a shared writing session in kindergarten.
Student share sessions are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
We look at student goal setting in this week's Big Fresh.
Melanie Meehan shares anchor charts and strategies for goal-setting.
Christy Rush-Levine finds she has to rethink learning targets for her middle school students if she wants students to pursue complex and lifelong reading goals.
Maria Caplin develops a system for helping students move beyond simple goals like noting the number of pages read.
Danielle French helps a first grader set nonfiction writing goals.
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
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