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January 06, 2022 00:23:46
Welcoming Spaces Podcast

Welcoming Spaces Podcast

 The focus of this week's podcast is welcoming spaces. Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres join the conversation. Each week Choice Literacy shares the Big Fresh newsletter with a round-up of features around a key topic in literacy education. Click here for ALL links discussed. Timeline 00:00  Welcome 00:28  Lead Essay by Ruth Ayres 02:13  Free For All Content Highlights 09:25  Classic Classroom Content Highlights 18:48 Literacy Leader Content Highlights Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! We are taking a break in the month of December and will be back in January. Sign up now so you are in the know about #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub. Suzy Kaback thinks deeply about the concept of belonging as an essential part of building a school community. This article was first published in 2020. Melissa Quimby creates "Meet Someone New Monday" to inspire students with picture book biographies of little-known artists, activists, and citizens who accomplish remarkable feats. Become a Choice Literacy member! We are pleased to announce updates with our group memberships. Literacy Team memberships offer a discounted rate, as well as the ease of managing your team through a group dashboard. Click here to check out all of our membership options. ...

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December 03, 2021 00:24:03
Reflective Practice Podcast

Reflective Practice Podcast

The focus of this week's podcast is reflective practice. Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres join the conversation. Each week Choice Literacy shares the Big Fresh newsletter with a round-up of features around a key topic in literacy education. Click here for ALL links discussed. Timeline 00:00  Welcome 00:28  Lead Essay by Ruth Ayres 03:17  Free For All Content Highlights 10:48  Classic Classroom Content Highlights 16:28 Literacy Leader Content Highlights Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! We are taking a break in the month of December and will be back in January. Sign up now so you are in the know about #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub. Tara Barnett and Kate Mills use a know and wonder activity to encourage curiosity and independence as their seventh graders begin a new text. This article was first published in 2018. Andrea Smith builds reflection into whole-class discussions in her fourth-grade classroom by beginning an anchor chart with four different illustrations from the covers of a read-aloud. This article was first published in 2017. Melanie Quinn consoles a teacher who is recovering from a disastrous lesson captured on video, and shows the power of a "do-over" for both teachers and students. This article was first published in 2012. Become a Choice Literacy member! We are pleased to announce updates with our group memberships. Literacy Team memberships offer a discounted rate, as well as the ease of managing your team through a group dashboard. Click here to check out all of our membership options. ...

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November 24, 2021 00:15:52
The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Octopus Stew

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Octopus Stew

 Enjoy listening as the Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez. This year the Choice Literacy Book Club was formed. You will find a book talk video and a Padlet where our community has shared their thoughts about the book. Feel free to join! Click here to find out more about the Choice Literacy Book Club! Contributors Discussing Enduring Freedom Order of joining the conversation: Melanie Meehan Ruth Ayres Bitsy Parks Click here for ALL links discussed. Timeline 00:00  Welcome 00:30  Lead Essay by Ruth Ayres 04:15 Book Club Discussion We have been diligent about adding courses for you to explore. All courses are free to our Literacy Leader and Literacy Team members. Some are free to Classic Classroom members. Anyone may purchase a course for unlimited access to its content. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Become a Choice Literacy member! We are pleased to announce updates with our group memberships. Literacy Team memberships offer a discounted rate, as well as the ease of managing your team through a group dashboard. Click here to check out all of our membership options. ...

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November 18, 2021 00:19:26
Classroom Libraries Podcast

Classroom Libraries Podcast

 The focus of this week's podcast is classroom libraries. Melanie Meehan and Ruth Ayres join the conversation. Each week Choice Literacy shares the Big Fresh newsletter with a round-up of features around a key topic in literacy education. Click here for ALL links discussed. Timeline 00:00  Welcome 00:28  Lead Essay by Ruth Ayres 03:00  Free For All Content Highlights 08:54  Classic Classroom Content Highlights 15:30 Literacy Leader Content Highlights Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! Melanie Meehan selected the picture book Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez as our November read. Grab a copy, and join the conversation using the hashtag #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub.  Melanie Meehan and Ruth Ayres discuss this week's theme, classroom libraries, on the podcast. Join the Choice Chat. Share a gratitude by leaving a comment on any of our social media channels. We’re giving away a free course to one commenter on each platform. The winner chooses the course. Sean Musselman shares a less than perfect journey to a more inclusive classroom library on the Teacher|Books|Readers blog. Mandy Robek realizes her classroom library isn't working for her second graders, in part because many of the books are still too difficult for students early in the year. She explains her process of sorting and stowing books for later use. This article was first published in 2016. Mary Lee Hahn finds some of her fifth-grade readers are stuck in ruts by early winter. Her solution involves some radical changes to her classroom library over winter break. This article was first published in 2017. Brian Sepe guides us into making a gratitude practice a powerful and practical part of each day. Become a Choice Literacy member! Click here to find out ...

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November 11, 2021 00:24:42
Encouraging Readers and Writers

Encouraging Readers and Writers

The focus of this week's podcast is encouragement for readers and writers. Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres join the conversation. Each week Choice Literacy shares the Big Fresh newsletter with a round-up of features around a key topic in literacy education. Click here for ALL links discussed. Timeline 00:00  Welcome 00:28  Lead Essay by Ruth Ayres 04:00  Free For All Content Highlights 09:23  Classic Classroom Content Highlights 15:44 Literacy Leader Content Highlights Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! Melanie Meehan selected the picture book Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez as our November read. Grab a copy, and join the conversation using the hashtag #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub.  Tara Barnett and Kate Mills use the Sara Bareilles song "Brave" to help their fourth-grade students move from bed-to-bed stories to more emotive writing early in the year. This article was first published in 2016. Katrina Edwards moves her first-grade class out of a rut with writing shares by introducing many new options. This article was first published in 2017. Ruth Ayres catalogs her favorite types of share sessions (from old favorites to creative innovations) in writing workshops. This article was first published in 2018. Shawn Achor shares the happy secret to better work. Become a Choice Literacy member! Click here to find out more about membership options. ...

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October 29, 2021 00:29:26
The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Enduring Freedom

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Enduring Freedom

 Enjoy listening as the Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy. This year the Choice Literacy Book Club was formed. You will find a book talk video and a Padlet where our community has shared their thoughts about the book. Feel free to join! Click here to find out more about the Choice Literacy Book Club! Contributors Discussing Enduring Freedom Order of joining the conversation: Leigh Anne Eck Christy Rush-Levine Tara Barnett Ruth Ayres Click here for ALL links discussed. Timeline 00:00  Welcome 00:28  Lead Essay by Ruth Ayres 03:15 Book Club Discussion Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! Leigh Anne Eck selected the young adult novel Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy as our October read. Grab a copy, and join the conversation using the hashtag #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub.  Gretchen Schroeder reflects on why some of her students have developed a fear of reading by the time they reach high school. (This article was first published in 2018.) Dana Murphy outlines the teaching practices that she learned from remote teaching and plans to carry with her upon returning to a physical classroom. (This article was first published in April 2021.) We have been diligent about adding courses for you to explore. All courses are free to our Literacy Leader and Literacy Team members. Some are free to Classic Classroom members. Anyone may purchase a course for unlimited access to its content. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Become a Choice Literacy member! We are pleased to announce updates with our group memberships. Literacy Team memberships offer a discounted rate, as well as the ease of managing your team through a group dashboard. Click here to ...

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