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I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!


Thank you for allowing me to share Strictly No Elephants with your students during the last few weeks. It was an amazing experience for me to talk with every classroom from kindergarten through fifth grade about the important messages in that book. Sitting in your meeting areas with your readers reminds me that read aloud is one of the most important times in your schedules. Treasure it.


September has been full of assessments, creating schedules, establishing routines and getting back to the grind. We've all been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted at one point or another in the last few weeks. I recently saw the graphic below on Twitter and thought it was worth sharing with you. It's a great reminder that when our lists are endless, we should focus our energy on the things that matter and the things that we can control.


I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you individually in the coming weeks about your student data, your professional goals and how I can support your literacy instruction this year! This week I'm sharing my favorite new professional book, some new book recommendations and a few blog posts to support your literacy instruction.


Happy Reading!

Shelly

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I'm currently finishing the new professional book by Kylene Beers & Bob Probst. The first part of the book discusses the importance of fostering responsive, responsible, compassionate readers.


The Book, Head, Heart Framework for reading that is outlined in this book encourages readers to pay attention to the text, to their thoughts about it and to what they might feel while reading. The book includes classroom examples from first grade through middle school and beyond. Here are a few sample charts from Scholastic that show the key questions to ask your students while reading. Let me know if you are interested in exploring the BHH framework with your students!

Blog Posts for Reading & Writing Workshop

A Praise, A Ponder and A Polish

This post has great ideas on leading a goals conference in writing workshop. The process can be used in grades K-5. Check it out as a great place to start!


The Power of Using Student Writing As Mentor Texts

This post is a great reminder of the importance of using student writing to create a sense of excitement in your writing workshop, as well as to teach skills, strategies, writing elements and craft moves.


Supporting Independent Readers and Independent Reading

I highly recommend this post by Jennifer Servallo on the best ways to support our readers!

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Shelly Moody

Literacy Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School