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E.N.G.A.G.E.: Six Tips for Ramping-Up Your Read Aloud Experiences
E.N.G.A.G.E.: Six Tips for Ramping-Up Your Read Aloud Experiences

Maria Walther, author of The Ramped-up Read Aloud, lists her six tips for ramping-up your read aloud experiences to inspire our students and keep them engaged and interested in reading. 

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3 Ways to Re-imagine Small-Group Reading Experiences
3 Ways to Re-imagine Small-Group Reading Experiences

In her blog on Corwin Connect, Julie Wright, author of What Are You Grouping For?, provides the answer to how we move toward more individualized learning opportunities within our time constraints: small-group reading experiences. 

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3 Ready-To-Go Ways to Infuse Word Study into the Content Areas
3 Ready-To-Go Ways to Infuse Word Study into the Content Areas

Read this blog post from Pamela Koutrakos, author of Word Study that Sticks, to learn three ready-to-go ways to infuse word study into the content areas.

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How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most
How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most

What if the key to increasing the long-term impact of our classrooms and schools was doing fewer things much better? Read the full blog from Dave Stuart Jr., author of These 6 Things, to learn more about how to focus your teaching on what actually matters.

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A Conceptual Boost to Literacy Instruction
A Conceptual Boost to Literacy Instruction

Tiffanee Brown, co-author of Concept-Based Literacy Lessons, writes in this blog how, in a Concept-Based Literacy classroom, teaching skills is not the end goal in and of itself. Rather, the skills are taught to exemplify a bigger idea or Understanding about important literacy processes.

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Want More Teaching Time? Shorten Transitions… Here’s How
Want More Teaching Time? Shorten Transitions… Here’s How

Instructional time is a precious commodity, so it’s worth thinking about ways to make transitions as efficient as possible. In this blog post from Every Child Can Write author Melanie Meehan, she explains that, when we teach explicit strategies for transitioning smoothly and efficiently, we unlock more time for instruction.

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Operation Word Study Roll Out
Operation Word Study Roll Out

In this blog post from Pamela Koutrakos, author of Word Study That Sticks and The Word Study That Sticks Companion, she explains that, for word study to be an integral part of your classroom routine, you can't wait until the “perfect time” to get started. Read her tips to going right away. 

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Want to Inspire Voluminous Reading? Start with Curating Texts
Want to Inspire Voluminous Reading? Start with Curating Texts

Teachers can serve as curators of texts in much the same way as museum curators. Julie Wright, author of What Are You Grouping For?, explains how we can make deliberate moves to pique interest, evoke emotion, and urge action in readers. And we can invite our students to be curators, too.

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Gradual Release of Responsibility Within Your Balanced Literacy Groups
Gradual Release of Responsibility Within Your Balanced Literacy Groups

Read how you can enact a gradual release of responsibilty within your Balanced Literacy groups in this blog post from Nancy Akhavan, co-author of This Is Balanced Literacy

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The Way You Begin: Dynamic Read Alouds for the First Days of School
The Way You Begin: Dynamic Read Alouds for the First Days of School

"Whether you are in your first years of teaching (welcome to our rewarding profession!) or, like me, you’re starting the school year for the 34th time, the way you begin matters. We only get one chance to set the tone and establish a shared vision for living and learning together, so let’s make the most of it! With that goal in mind, I’ll offer a few books for read alouds and ideas that you might try as you build relationships on the 'days you begin.'" Read more from The Ramped-Up Read Aloud author Maria Walther on Corwin Connect.

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The Role of Assessment in Balanced Literacy
The Role of Assessment in Balanced Literacy

"Balanced literacy is more than grouping students. But grouping for instruction is important and, sadly, neglected." Read more from Nancy Frey, co-author of This Is Balanced Literacy, on Corwin Connect. 

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Strong Writers are Wise Readers: Using Writing to Teach Critical Reading
Strong Writers are Wise Readers: Using Writing to Teach Critical Reading

Colleen Cruz, author of Writers Read Better: Nonfiction and Narrative, writes in her Corwin Connect blog: "We know that the students we teach, without the benefit of years or even fully formed pre-frontal cortexes, are particularly vulnerable to being convinced to think, buy, or do any number of things—especially when they see it online or in social media. One of the most effective ways, if not the most effective way to counteract this is by actively teaching students first to write whatever material we want them to read critically."

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