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We look at touchy topics in this week's Big Fresh.
Christy Rush-Levine explains why she stocks some books in her middle school classroom library that can provoke concerns from families, and how she deals with conflicts.
Jennifer Schwanke finds teachers can get territorial about texts, "claiming" them for their grade level. She explores when it is appropriate to repeat the use of a text in subsequent grades.
Katherine Sokolowski describes a wall display with guidelines to ensure students are respectful and aware of the pitfalls of posting online.
Mark Levine finds his middle school students are appalled by some of the cultural differences from times gone by, and shares how he fosters more understanding.
We look at formative assessment tools in this week's Big Fresh.
Katrina Edwards looks for clues in her first-grade students' work and conferences to help them develop more writing stamina. She analyzes her notes to develop instructional plans.
Ruth Ayres shares her grid notes sheet, and takes teachers step-by-step through the process of using this assessment tool in conferences and instruction.
We look at how to create smart anchor charts in this week's Big Fresh.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills give three principles they use to help avoid the "charts as wallpaper" syndrome in their fourth-grade classroom.
Katie DiCesare shares examples from her first-grade classroom of collaborative charting with students.
Katherine Sokolowski finds that electronic charting of learning with Padlet has almost endless possibilities for use in her fifth-grade classroom.
Melanie Meehan chats with second-grade teacher Nadia Egan about her ingenious use of table charts to enhance conferences and whole-class instruction.
We look at expectations and routines in this week's Big Fresh.
Leigh Anne Eck works to overcome years of student reliance on a reading incentives and rewards program by fostering reflection and intrinsic motivation with her sixth graders.
Katrina Edwards shares her plans for presenting children's literature to help her first-grade students acquire the skills needed for being positive and proactive problem solvers.
Mark Levine uses quick-writes with his middle school students to set the expectation at the start of the week for work together that is independent, thoughtful, and conversational.
Stella Villalba starts writing workshop with her young English language learners by having everyone share their plans in a community circle.
We look at books children love that teachers don't adore in this week's Big Fresh.
Christy Rush-Levine and some struggling eighth-grade readers consider misogyny in a popular children's book.
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