Choice Literacy Big Fresh

Finding Meaning in Reading with Heather Fisher

Choice Literacy Big Fresh
Finding Meaning in Reading with Heather Fisher

The focus of this week's Big Fresh is finding meaning in reading. Heather Fisher  joins the podcast.

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Each week Choice Literacy shares the Big Fresh newsletter with a round-up of features around a key topic in literacy education. You can find the February 5, 2021 issue here. 


00:00 Welcome

01:00 Lead Essay

05:20 Classic Classroom Content

10:12 Free for All

12:26 Leaders Lounge Content

13:58 Heather Fisher Interview

Free for All

The Choice Literacy Book Club:  Christy Rush-Levine selected an Own Voices middle grade fantasy novel for the February read. This is free for all! Follow along on the site of with #ChoiceLiteracyBookClub.

Reading That Changes Us: Tara Barnett and Kate Mills slow down the "Article of the Week" nonfiction reading activity, making space for more reflection and thoughtful discussion. This article was first published in 2019.

Disrupting Thinking: Tara Barnett and Kate Mills reference the book Disrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Although it's been a few years since its release in 2017, the ideas are critical today. This is a link to the Scholastic book site with an overview of the book, a blog post with five prompts to use in a reading conference, and links to eleven videos of the 10 tips (plus a bonus tip) for teaching students to love to read.

The Yarn: This podcast has been publishing episodes for more than five years. Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp share behind the scenes of children's literature. As you work to support students in discovering central ideas, themes and writing summaries, nourish your own ability to do the same by listening in on The Yarn.

Black Creator Series: In this educator-focused podcast highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Sonja Cherry-Paul, director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, will lead discussions with children’s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

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