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Hi teacher friends! We are Melissa and Lori, two literacy educators in Baltimore. Our purpose is to bring teachers together in a positive way to share successes and struggles with Wit and Wisdom curriculum implementation. We are SO excited to talk with you!

Melissa and Lori Love Literacy Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington

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Hi teacher friends! We are Melissa and Lori, two literacy educators in Baltimore. Our purpose is to bring teachers together in a positive way to share successes and struggles with Wit and Wisdom curriculum implementation. We are SO excited to talk with you!

    Ep. 30: Wild about Wexler: Take 2!

    Ep. 30: Wild about Wexler: Take 2!

    We had the opportunity to talk (again!) with Natalie Wexler about tips for effective remote learning (read her full article located here), the current intersection of students' virtual learning and strategy-focused instruction (due to lack of...

    • 58 min
    Ep. 29: Podding with Presley: Why Knowledge Travels Well!

    Ep. 29: Podding with Presley: Why Knowledge Travels Well!

    Listen as second grader Presley shares 'knowledge nuggets' about her virtual learning experience with Knowledge on the Go by Great Minds. In only seven short weeks of using a knowledge-based curriculum vs. isolated standards/strategy-based approaches,...

    • 13 min
    Ep. 28: Bring on the Books! A Conversation with The Maryland Book Bank

    Ep. 28: Bring on the Books! A Conversation with The Maryland Book Bank

    Melissa and Lori chatted with Mark Feiring, the Executive Director of the Maryland Book Bank, to hear how the organization is supporting the community during this time. He shared some fabulous ideas - building partnerships with other community...

    • 22 min
    Ep. 27: Knowledge Nuggets with Great Minds CAO Rachel Stack

    Ep. 27: Knowledge Nuggets with Great Minds CAO Rachel Stack

    Rachel Stack, CAO of Humanities at Great Minds, talks all things Knowledge on the Go, Great Minds' free, virtual, knowledge-building lessons led by teachers to support students, teachers, districts, and families in this time of quarantine. We discuss...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 26: Tim Shanahan Shares about Strategies & Knowledge Building

    Ep. 26: Tim Shanahan Shares about Strategies & Knowledge Building

    We talked with the fabulously candid Tim Shanahan about his recent blog post Prior Knowledge, or He Isn't Going to Pick on the Baseball Study that garnered much attention. Should we teach reading strategies? How important is building knowledge? What are...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 25: Our New Reality: Schools are Closed!

    Ep. 25: Our New Reality: Schools are Closed!

    Once again, Natalie Wexler has inspired a podcast episode! Today, Melissa and Lori discuss the new reality of many - schools are closed, and families and caregivers are wondering how to support their kids at home? Resources: How to Engage Kids and Build...

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

KinderStall ,

This is the best podcast...

If you love literacy or teach literacy then you should definitely be listening to this podcast!

So Much to Learn! ,

Loving it!

I’m learning so much about Wit and Wisdom - and ELA in general! I love the interviews and real world insights the teachers and literacy experts provide. Thanks, Melissa and Lori!

LiteracyFan ,

Real and Inspiring

Thank you for interviewing Baltimore City teachers - they're doing impressive work! So appreciate the real talk about what's challenging.

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