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Fiction and Empathy

Did you know that engaging with fictional stories is not only important, but also necessary work? Even seemingly silly stories with anthropomorphized characters aid students' emotional and social…

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3 Roads to Resilience

Recent research has been showing us the importance of being resilient. More than just a coping mechanism, resilience is a skill that sets students up for success. Adaptable students are better…

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Break for Animals

When things get tough, a visit from a furry friend always helps to lift spirits. Have you been enjoying the animal stories that are popping up everywhere? We certainly are. From stories told in a…

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Super Series! Elementary Edition

Series are a great way to introduce listening. Students can try a bunch of different stories, genres, or narrators until they find a story that gets them hooked. Once they find a story they like,…

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How We Listen: Winter Edition

Each week, we chat with you - and get to hear about all the ways you're listening and encouraging your students to listen their way to literacy. In this week's post, we're sharing some of those…

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Fly Away with a Great Story

**This is a guest post, written by Jenny Holt.

You may think that aviophobia (fear of flying) is exclusively an adult thing, but the National Institute of Mental Health reports that up to 25% of…

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Don't Ghost Your Literacy Routine!

It's spooky season and we're all busy planning our costumes. Capitalize on all your students' creative energy and get them psyched for Halloweek with spooky stories. Halloween themed stories are…

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Plan Ahead: Substitute Plans

Over the course of a school year, there are bound to be a few days when your class will need a substitute teacher. Many of us consider days when we're away from our classrooms to be 'free days'…

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Book Nooks

** This guest post was written by blog contributor, Jenny Holt.

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Listen, You'll Write Better

We believe children need to be good listeners before they can become great readers. We also believe that listening skills lead to better writing skills - for many of the same reasons.

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