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Books and DVDs

Books

daily 5 book
The Daily 5

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cafe book
The CAFE Book

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PD Library DVDs

In an attempt to be part of your professional development conversations wherever and whenever you have them. Each DVD addresses a topic that seems to be of critical importance to the teachers we've worked with.

They are short by design, taking only 15 to 20 minutes of your meeting or class time. In the video, we present the question or problem to be addressed and then offer a research based solution and practical tips. Each video contains classroom footage, illustrating the issues with real children.

PD Library DVD 1
Chunking Instruction

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PD Library DVD 2
Check-In Variations

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PD Library DVD 3
Hot Button Kids

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PD Library DVD 4
Student Modeling

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DVDs

The Daily 5 in Kindergarten

Join Joan Moser of "The Sisters" for a visit to her lively kindergarten classroom. You'll see Joan in action as she teaches whole-class lessons, leads small groups, and confers with students during rounds of Daily 5™ in literacy.

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The Daily 5 Alive

It's a common dilemma: Teachers need time to work in one-on-one conferences and in small groups with students during literacy workshop. Yet assigning "busywork" to the rest of the class doesn't help students develop the essential reading and writing skills they need. Can we really expect young readers and writers to tackle challenging work on their own without constant support and intervention from teachers?

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Intermediate Daily 5: Fostering Independent Literacy Learning in Grades 3-6

Imagine a classroom where there is a quiet, purposeful hum of literacy activity during workshops. Students read, write, and work with classmates independently. All this activity takes place with little monitoring from the teacher, who is busy conferring with students or meeting with small groups.

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CAFE in the Classroom: Helping Children Visualize Literacy Goals

Assessing young readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser developed the CAFE™ assessment system to help elementary students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers.

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Intermediate CAFE in the Classroom: Helping Children Readers Thrive in Grades 3-6

Assessing readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser developed the CAFE assessment system to help elementary students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers.

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One Morning: The Daily 5 and CAFE in 1st Grade

Joan and Gail visited the classroom of Courtney Tomfohr, a remarkable first-grade teacher. They let the cameras run virtually uninterrupted as Courtney led three rounds of the Daily 5. Courtney uses her CAFE notes to move adeptly between read alouds, minilessons, small strategy groups, and individual conferences, closing her morning literacy block with writer's workshop. Joan and Gail narrate the video for viewers, providing insight into the instructional and management decisions Courtney makes within her thriving classroom of young learners.

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Inside Leadership: Daily 5 and CAFE Coaching and Collaboration in Schools

Change that endures takes time and comes from within schools, as teachers help each other master the art and science of literacy instruction. Inside Leadership highlights two important components of bringing the Daily 5 and CAFE Assessment to life in schools -- grade-level team meetings and coaching in classrooms. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser share examples of how teachers and administrators in grade-level team meetings can use CAFE as a bridge between assessment data and instruction.

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Simply Beautiful: Classroom Design for Gracious Living and Learning

Classrooms don't have to be dank and dreary places - in fact, teachers are discovering that more inviting classrooms create more opportunities for learning. In Simply Beautiful, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser visit the classrooms of five new teachers to help each one deal with specific design challenges.

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Simply Beautiful: Middle School Edition

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser bring their innovative and fun design ideas to a middle school library and a seventh grade classroom. In the library makeover, tweens and teens work with the librarian and principal to help organize books, move furniture, and put a personal stamp on the environment with their art and reading interests. In the classroom makeover, Gail and Joan help young teacher Erin deal with the challenges of a cramped classroom which has no storage cabinets.

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Simply Organized: Classroom Libraries and Storage Areas

Teachers are always on the hunt for new ideas to help organize their classroom libraries and storage areas. In Simply Organized, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser take you into the classrooms of Carrie, a second-year teacher, and Kelly, a veteran educator, to reorganize their libraries and storage areas.

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Simply Room Tours: Inspiring Design for Literacy Learning

Teachers love room tours! Choice Literacy asked extraordinary teachers from across the United States to guide viewers through their classrooms, demonstrating the links between learning and beautiful classroom design.

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