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February 21, 2022 00:26:25
The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Sweet

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Sweet

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott Contributors, in order of joining the conversation: Mandy Robek Bitsy Parks Tammy Mulligan Ruth Ayres ...

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February 17, 2022 00:31:38
Feedback to Writers (Part 2)

Feedback to Writers (Part 2)

 The focus of this week's podcast is about feedback to writers and more! Mandy Robek and Cathy Mere 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. Free for All When it comes to conferring notes, form needs to follow function. Dana Murphy quit looking for the perfect template, and started focusing on what kinds of notes are most helpful. (This article was first published in 2018.)   Ruth Shagoury and Andie Cunningham share tips for mastering the art of listening in conferences with English language learners.(This article was first published in 2012.)   Share a "shelfie"!  The Choice Literacy Book Club is reading Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and Melissa Sweet. Let us know you are reading it with us this month by tagging your photo with #choiceliteracybookclub.   Listen in on the podcast as Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek discuss this week's theme.   Matt Renwick is offering a free e-book in anticipation of the release of his new book, Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H. You can get the free e-book and subscribe to Matt's newsletter.   NOW AVAILABLE! Don't miss Better Student Feedback: Giving, Receiving, and Using Student Feedback with Ruth Ayres. This course is free to Literacy Leader members and available to purchase. 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 ...

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February 10, 2022 00:20:51
Feedback to Writers (Part 1)

Feedback to Writers (Part 1)

The focus of this week's podcast is about feedback to writers and more! Ruth Ayres and Cathy Mere 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. Free for All Carly Ullmer assesses how she can give consistent and meaningful feedback to every one of her many middle school students at least once a week. (This article was first published in 2017.) Ruth Ayres finds there can be a difference between questions in writing conferences that inspire an enthusiastic response, and those that foster more reflection and independence. Download a question list to use during your writing conferences. (This article was first published in 2017.) Mandy Robek shares a book talk about Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and Melissa Sweet. Don't miss this new picture book! Join the Choice Literacy Book Club and read it with us this month. Listen in on the podcast as Ruth Ayres and Cathy Mere discuss this week's theme. Matt Renwick is offering a free e-book in anticipation of the release of his new book, Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H. You can get the free e-book and subscribe to Matt's newsletter. Don't miss The Limits of Levels: Expanding Boundaries of How We Assess Young Readers with Cathy Mere. This course is free to Literacy Leader members and available to purchase. 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 ...

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February 02, 2022 00:32:56
Persuasive Writing Podcast with Brian Sepe

Persuasive Writing Podcast with Brian Sepe

The focus of this week's podcast is about persuasive writing and more! Ruth Ayres and Brian Sepe 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. Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! This month we are reading Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and Melissa Sweet. Sign up now so you are in the know about #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub. Matt Renwick is offering a free e-book in anticipation of the release of his new book, Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H. You can get the free e-book and subscribe to Matt's newsletter. Chris Sperry and Cyndy Scheibe share how to teach your students to be "truth seekers" with this curriculum-driven, inquiry-based media analysis activity. Ruth Ayres suggests four notebook pages to help students balance facts and emotions when writing persuasively. (This article was first published in 2021.) Mandy Robek is a little nervous about setting her students loose to organize informational texts, but she couldn't be more pleased by what they learn in the process. (This article was first published in 2020.) Don't miss The Limits of Levels: Expanding Boundaries of How We Assess Young Readers with Cathy Mere. This course is free to Literacy Leader members and available to purchase. 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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January 28, 2022 00:28:19
The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham. 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. Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! This month we are reading Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham. Sign up now so you are in the know about #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub. Matt Renwick is offering a free ebook in anticipation of the release of his new book, Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H. You can get the free ebook and subscribe to Matt's newsletter. Bitsy Parks shares some of her favorite strategies for quick and meaningful word work groups in her first-grade classroom. (This article was first published in 2020.) Brian Sepe shares one of his favorite activities for small groups of young learners: making books together. (This article was first published in 2020.) NOW AVAILABLE! Don't miss The Limits of Levels: Expanding Boundaries of How We Assess Young Readerswith Cathy Mere. This course is free to Literacy Leader members and available to purchase. 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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January 25, 2022 00:23:36
Choice and Whole-Class Texts

Choice and Whole-Class Texts

The focus of this week's podcast is offering choice in whole-class texts. 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. Free for All Join the Choice Literacy Book Club! This month we are reading Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham. Sign up now so you are in the know about #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub. Tammy Mulligan enhances the quality of the class read aloud and student discussions with the use of a whole-class response notebook. (This article was first published in 2019.) Featured contributor Brian Sepe discusses the importance of professional connections on the podcast. (This podcast was released in May 2021.) Melanie Swider discovers that conversations after read alouds are a wonderful way for students to remember and retain the learning from shared texts. (This article was first published in 2015.) 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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