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 January 22, 2021 issue here.
01:25 Lead Essay
04:49 Classic Classroom Content
07:30 Christy Rush-Levine Interview
19:35 Free for All
21:16 Leaders Lounge Content
Free for All
Making Time for Literacy Chit-Chat to Support Book Choice (2012): Franki Sibberson shares ways to initiate conversations about books naturally in classrooms. This feature from 2012 includes a question set for launching discussions about books with individual students that remains relevant today. You can find the link to this (and all of the features mentioned) in the show notes.
Write. Right. Rite Series: Meaningful conversations don't have to always be somber. Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at the Library of Congress, presents an inventive way for young people to engage in ideas through his "Write. Right. Rite." Series. It’s a video series and if you haven’t taken the time to check it out, I hope you’ll be able to soon. It’s pretty awesome.
Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism: The Anti-Defamation League gives advice on how to engage young people in conversations about race and racism. They encourage educators to be willing to be uncomfortable and be learners alongside their students.
Talking About Race: 10 Ways to Have Meaningful Conversations: Dwight Smith suggests 10 ways to lead others in meaningful conversations about race.
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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. ...
The focus of this week's podcast is about making data personal 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 Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan discuss ways teachers can get the most out of any assessment data, moving beyond numbers for insights into how to structure and target instruction. (This article was first published in 2012.) Don't miss Kate and Tara's book talk about The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali, and Hatem Aly. Join the Choice Literacy Book Club and read along with us this month. (PS—This is hands down the most low-pressure book club to join!) Candice Bocala and Kathryn Parker Boudett encourage educator teams to take a more inquiry-based approach to data analysis to address inequitable norms and patterns. NOW AVAILABLE! Don't miss Better Student Feedback: Giving, Receiving, and Using Student Feedback withRuth Ayres. This course is free to Literacy Leader members and available to purchase. 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 to check out all of our membership options. ...
The focus of this week's Big Fresh is empowering choice. Nawal Qarooni Casiano joins the podcast to discuss student-led lessons. Get the Big Fresh delivered straight to your inbox (it's free)! Click here for ALL links discussed. 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 January 8, 2021 issue here. Free for All Florence Genevieve Saperstein: Brenda Power, founder of Choice Literacy, offered a lead essay on the legacy we leave when we empower choice in the lives of others. This is beautiful both in craft and thought. Additionally, the link will take you to another issue of the Big Fresh with the theme of choice. Choice in Literacy Workshops: What makes choice authentic in literacy workshops? Christy Rush-Levine grapples with this tough question that leads to changes in her instruction. Symbiosis: Choice and Structure in Writing Workshops: Heather Rader and Ruth Ayres explore the complex connections between choice and structure in writing workshops. How to Lead with Positivity: Matthew X. Joseph shares how leaders can increase confidence and collaboration in their teams when they lead with positivity in his article on Edutopia. ...