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Tara Barnett and Kate Mills use the Sara Bareilles song Brave to help their fourth-grade students move from bed-to-bed to more emotive writing early in the year.
We are wired for story, and sometimes children living hard lives need to learn how to rewrite their story. Ruth Ayres shares the teacher's role in the process.
Courage is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Revising writing is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Jennifer Allen finds the use of a story map opens up revision possibilities for a young writer stuck in a drafting rut.
Melanie Meehan explains why erasers can be problematic in writing workshops, beyond just eliminating the ability of teachers to see the progression of revisions in a young writer's work.
Franki Sibberson shares a lesson progression to help students learn how to give helpful revision feedback. She uses online videos and resources to support her work.
Carly Ullmer ponders what it means to take risks in her middle school classroom as she and her students experiment with different response options.
Book love is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Tara Smith shares some of her favorite online resources for keeping up with new books, as well as organizing tips for classroom libraries.
Shari Frost explains how teachers can use paired texts to help young readers build their skills, starting with books they already know and love.
Christy Rush-Levine piques interest in Boy21 through a book talk to her middle school students.
Reaching boy and girl learners is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Are there ways for girls in literature to be heroic without fighting? Shari Frost asks herself this question in compiling her latest booklist.
Scott Jones explains how thinking outside the normal time frame for writing instruction helped him reach boy writers.
Andrea Smith concludes her series on the power of branded student blogs in her fourth-grade classroom.
We look at parents and families in this week's Big Fresh.
Andrea Smith continues her series on the power of "branding" for improving student blogs. In this installment, students examine mentor blogs and bloggers.
Stella Villalba finds English language learners struggle less when teachers understand what adaptations are needed in the classroom environment.
Jennifer Schwanke shares some of the unique struggles parents of English language learners have in making their children's needs known, and how we can help them.
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