Quick Tip Tuesday: How do you use our tips?

June 16th, 2009

We’ve been bringing you Quick Tips for six months now, covering topics from the basics of Socratic Circles, to bringing tweens back to reading, to finding your storytelling voice.

We’d like to know how you’ve been using these quick tips, whether you find them helpful, or if you’ve implemented any of the strategies in your classroom. Do you have suggestions for what tips you’d like to see? Browse past Quick Tips and then leave us a comment. The first five commenters who tell us how they used one of our Tips will receive a free Stenhouse book of their choice.

We’ll be back next week with another Quick Tip Tuesday!

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  • 1. Allyson M  |  June 16th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I love reading the tips just because they keep me thinking and wondering and wanting to try new things in my classroom!

    Most recently, I liked the article about reader’s notebooks – I am trying to decide how to reorganize my kids’ stuff for next year so this was helpful in my thinking process.

  • 2. Mrs. V  |  June 16th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I found this tip (http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2009/05/05/quick-tip-tuesday-finding-the-main-idea/) very helpful because it aligns with our school’s vision of integrating test prep into our current literacy vision, rather than completely changing our school’s literacy philosphy to focus only on testing. This year we have been using our state writing assessment question stems to have weekly practice with test language linked to our read aloud books. It was great to see the tip reaffirm what we started and to get more ideas from the way she scaffolded the multiple choice question with best practices building up to success with the test language.

    I have enjoyed all of the tips, especially when it is from an author that I just heard about his/her book and wanted to know more. It gives me a glimpse of what the whole resource would be like and often leads to adding the book to my wish list.

  • 3. Fran Hewett  |  June 16th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I just recently discovered the Quick Tips. I love how the tips come from different authors and from published text. They have all been thought provoking. I will be an instructional coach next year, and I have been searching for helpful resources. The tips are just that! It’s difficult to give a book to a busy teacher to read, but the tips are so quick and easy. Anyone can find time read these. They really help one think about instruction and best practices.

    Example: Several teachers in my school have expressed frustration with fluency instruction. The tip by Max Brand and Gayle Brand will be the perfect thing to share with my colleagues. The idea of “short bursts” of instruction was terrific!

  • 4. Mary Anne Hutcheson  |  June 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I love how the quick tips get me thinking about different areas of curriculum each week. I also like getting a glimpse into each different Stenhouse book. I have added to my summer reading list after reading the Tuesday Quick Tips.

  • 5. Cathy Blackler  |  June 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I was not aware of the quick tips, but look forward to perusing them this summer. I have been reading “What Student Writing Teaches Us” on line, and look to purchase my own copy once it becomes available. I will be switching schools next year, and will be responsible for teaching writing to sixth graders. I look forward to using the writing quick tips to strengthen my craft.

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