By Michele Miner

Michele Miner is a rockstar Storyworks Jr. Adviser and veteran teacher of special education for 24 years, and we hold her very dear to our hearts. She is a longtime Storyworks Adviser too, and has helped to open our eyes to the very specific needs and supports that would most benefit the special population of first- through fourth-grade students she works with each year. We know that lots of innovative teaching takes place in the Pittsford, NY area school district where she works, because we've seen it firsthand. We also are thrilled to see how many inclusion classrooms she lovingly mentors on how to use Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. to its fullest potential. Here is a sampling of Michele's special sauce for you to try in your classroom.

By Anna Starecheski

We all know that engaging, important nonfiction has the power to educate, inspire, and change students. In fact, that's one of the hallmarks of our philosophy at Storyworks and Storyworks Jr.! One of our favorite things about nonfiction is its ability to open doors to further learning. One of the ways every nonfiction story can accomplish this lies in the research process...

By Julie Ballew

Editor's note: We always love hearing stories from teachers who have found that our magazines make their lives easier. This 4th grade teacher and Scholastic Top Teacher Blogger from Texas has been using Storyworks in her small reading groups, with much success! Read here about how she does it...

By Thomasine Mastrantoni and Deborah Goldstein, the Link Ladies

Our favorite library media specialists, The Link Ladies, are back to share one of their essential “App-Style Learning” ideas for back to school. Any Link Ladies-approved app follows some basic guidelines: It's easy to use, it's fun and effective, and it's free. Your classroom toolkit would not be complete without one of our favorite apps, Chatterpix. This already popular app is an amazing engagement tool that can offer real learning benefits, especially when used with the great ELA content found in Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. If you are not familiar with it, this is a MUST-TRY, especially during your first few weeks back in the classroom...

By Kriscia Cabral

Editor's note: The Vocabulary Slideshow is a new feature that we're super excited about. These slideshows reinforce the vocabulary from our magazines in a way that is especially helpful for auditory, visual, and English language learners. Top teaching blogger Kriscia Cabral has a really great method for taking this one step further with her own unique twist...

By Kara Corridan

I'm closing in on my first year as editor of Storyworks Jr., and with the holidays upon us, I'm reflecting on everything I'm grateful for. High on the list is connecting with so many of you who bend over backwards to make learning fun and meaningful for your students. What you do every day, often amid challenging circumstances and shrinking resources, inspires all of us here. As a thank you, we're giving you one of my favorite stories from the Storyworks archives.