You can read our most recent articles and videos here. We publish 5-6 new features each week, which can also be viewed in the Big Fresh Archives.
We look at options for poetry throughout the year in this week's Big Fresh.
Tara Smith finds that the 20 minutes she spends on poetry reading, analysis, and response in her sixth-grade classroom each week pays dividends all year long.
Gretchen Schroeder finds creative ways to pique interest in poetry in her high school classroom.
Jennifer Schwanke finds song lyrics are one way for students to see the power of poems.
Christy Rush-Levine leads her middle school students in a choral reading and analysis of "Old Age Sticks" by E.E. Cummings. This is the first installment in a two-part series.
We look at stamina in young learners in this week's Big Fresh.
We look at classroom management in this week's Big Fresh.
Melanie Meehan shares strategies and prompts for helping easily distracted young learners focus in conferences.
Franki Sibberson realizes there are some bad days in literacy workshops that hold no great life lessons for teachers and students, and that is okay.
Shari Frost uses playful texts to increase interest and stamina in emergent readers. She shares many of her favorites in this booklist.
Is bad behavior ever okay? Author Jennifer Richards Jacob asks this question of a class of fourth graders who have read her novel Small as an Elephant.
Mary Lee Hahn is a bit flummoxed when a parent asks about her management system at an open house. The experience sparks reflection on what makes a classroom community gel.
Justin Stygles wonders why a love of books doesn't necessarily translate into a love of reading for his fifth and sixth graders.
We look at conventions in this week's Big Fresh.
The whole fifth-grade class discusses revision in this final installment of a three-part video series.
Jennifer Schwanke finds that a scavenger hunt for errors to add to a bulletin board is a great way to build editing skills and a writing community all year long in her seventh-grade classroom.
Melanie Meehan discovers that the spare form of poetry is especially useful for teaching conventions.
Partners confer over revision in fifth grade in this second installment of a three-part video series.
Shari Frost challenges assignments in reading workshop that kill a love of wordplay and vocabulary development.
We look at touchy topics in this week's Big Fresh.
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