The trauma we all faced during COVID-19 has been a shared, albeit different, experience for each of us. Steve Fiedeldey outlines actionable steps to help you and your students process trauma, bear witness to our collective and individual struggles, and develop a collective community of care.
For many students, putting pen to paper can be downright scary! As teachers, we are not powerless in this situation. In fact, what we do early on in the school year can make a world of difference. If we can create a space of trust, where students can show up again and again fully aware of their challenges, and write despite them, writing growth will happen. By establishing a strong community of writers at the onset of the year, students build writing resilience.
When students drive the learning, it becomes an extension of themselves. Authors and educators Jennifer Hayhurst and Jill DeRosa introduce practical but powerful ways to shift from engagement to agency in your classroom this school year.
When space that is dedicated to learning is intentionally welcoming, students, teachers, and communities thrive. Whether a student you know shares with you that they identify as Trans, Lesbian, Queer, or is coming to terms with their sexual or gender identity, your classroom can and should be a place of safety and affirmation. As an educator, you can make a big difference. Let's get started!
Lasting and meaningful changes occur when a school community works as a team to identify needs and investigate alternatives. There may not be one single tool that will help you determine your school’s reading temperature, but experts Laura and Evan Robb provide helpful tips for creating a process to evaluate your school’s culture of reading.
Learning at the reading table begins with fostering each students’ confidence and courage to read as you continue to guide and coach through more complex and difficult text. If we lean in to teaching in small groups, adjusting our teaching to ensure students' highest reading potential, we can make a difference.
Reading volume matters! The goal of developing schools full of readers can best be achieved when the principal, teachers, literacy coaches, and the media specialist become a team and advocate for independent reading every day. Laura Robb outlines easy-to-implement tips for increasing students' reading fluency, comprehension, and imagination.
Writing instruction has the potential to engage, excite, and propel students forward. A strong writing curriculum is a key aspect in doing this. Author and literacy expert Leah Mermelstein outlines six qualities help you make your writing curriculum the very best it can be.