October 15th, 2012
Here are a few interesting tidbits that we have found around the Internet about some Stenhouse authors and books:
* “It’s really hard to have a clear opinion about a challenging text…it’s a lot easier to say if I can find three things to talk about in three paragraphs then I can get this assignment over with. That’s where the five-paragraph essay discourages kids from deeper thought.”
National Writing Project director Tanya Baker recently interviewed education professor Kimberly Hill Campbell and high school teacher Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay, as part of the NWP Radio series. Listen as Kimberly and Kristi relate many practical suggestions drawn from their classroom experiences fostering thoughtful writing in response to literature.
* Teacher-librarian Mike McQueen who blogs at Reading on the Run, posted a lengthy, five-part audio interview with Steven Layne, author of Igniting a Passion for Reading and several YA books. The interview covers a lot of ground, but they focus mainly on supporting struggling readers. Listen to the full interview here.
* Amanda Villagomez reviewed Math Exchanges by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind recently and she read the book both as a teacher and as a mother trying to support her children’s math learning. “I will definitely be sharing the book with colleagues at my school and she has left me with plenty to think about as a parent. It was just what I needed to be more competent in understanding my daughters’ math development, as well as being more intentional with providing support,” she writes. You can read the full review on her blog, Snapshots of Mrs. V.
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