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Blogstitute 2017 Coming Soon!

Blogstitute 2017

Join us again this summer for our popular Blogstitute series starting July 11 and running through August 1. We will be posting twice a week and you will hear from the following authors:
Jennifer Allen (Becoming a Literacy Leader, Second Edition)
Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg (The Author’s Apprentice)
Katrin Blamey and Katherine Beauchat (Starting Strong)
Kristin Ackerman and Jennifer McDonough (Conferring with Young Writers)
Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak (Still Learning to Read, Second Edition)
Ruth Culham (Dream Wakers)
Kathy Short (Teaching Globally)
Tracy Zager (Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had)

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Add comment June 15th, 2017

The Your Turn Lesson

GOOD NEW Lynne & Diane

Diane and Lynne

The Your Turn lesson is a solid plan for instruction. Following the gradual release of responsibility model put forth by Lev Vygotsky, the sequence of instruction moves methodically and meaningfully from teacher control to student independence. (Lynne Dorfman)

In a recent post on her blog, Lynne Dorfman, coauthor of Mentor Texts (with Rose Cappelli), Grammar Matters (with Diane Dougherty), talks about how the “I Do, We Do, You Do” structure of Your Turn lessons supports students on their road to independence. Lynne and Diane regularly share bonus Your Turn lessons that you can put to use in your classroom right away:

Your Turn Lesson: The Colon

Your Turn Lesson: Using Transitions

Be sure to check their website regularly for new lessons, anecdotes from the classroom, and other tips and ideas for your teaching practice.

Add comment June 14th, 2017

Opportunities to learn with and from Stenhouse authors

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Some great opportunities this summer to meet and learn with Stenhouse authors:

  • Catch up with Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, Christopher Danielson, Jennifer McDonough, Julie Ramsay, Jessica Shumway, Janiel Wagstaff, Mark Weakland, and Rick Wormeli at the SDE National Conference in Las Vegas July 10-14. Select from various strands based on grade level from K-2, Differentiated Instruction, or Math and find your favorite Stenhouse books at the in conference bookstore. Register on the SDE website.
  • Stenhouse authors Ruth Culham, Franki Sibberson, Pete Lourie and David Somoza, Ruth Ayres, Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, Lee Ann Spillane, and Debbie Miller will be at the All Write Institute in Indiana, June 22-24:
  • Register now for Debbie Diller’s Summer Institute in Houston, TX, July 14 & 15, focusing on “Growing Independent Readers, Writers, and Thinkers”:
  • Shawna Coppola, author of Renew! How to Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher, will be teaching at the New Hampshire Literacy Institute summer program July 31-August 4 in Durham, NH. Her session is titled “Writing, Redefined: Honoring the Compositional Work of ALL Students.” She talks about her workshop a little bit in a recent post on the Stenhouse Blog.
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  • Join hundreds of teachers across the country who are reading Tracy Zager’s new book Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had. The book study will continue through the summer on Voxer and Twitter.
  • Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris will be holding a six-week online class focusing on their book Who’s Doing the Work July 3-August 13. You can also catch them in person in Fergus Falls, MN on Friday, June 23:

Watch this space for new about our authors and signings during this year’s ILA conference!

Add comment June 12th, 2017

The similarities between written and visual composition

RenewIn Chapter 3 of her new book Renew! Become a Better–and More Authentic–Writing Teacher, Shawna Coppola asks teachers to redefine and rethink what it means to “write.” “Broadening our ideas about what writing “is” can be scary, as if we are opening up a Pandora’s box,” Shawna writes. “But in all reality, continuing to teach our students writers through a narrow, outdates lens–one that, in overvaluing written composition, does not accurately tell a story about the world of writing beyond most schools and classrooms–harms their development as writers by limiting the kinds of composing they are exposed to and encouraged to practice.”

Here’s Shawna with a bit more of her thinking:

In their book Teaching as a Subversive Activity, which was published in 1969, Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner write that not only have written assessments and assignments become ubiquitous in schools, but that even outside of school, “print has been the chief means of our information flow.” They go on to state that “equally certain is the fact that print no longer monopolizes man’s symbolic environment” (165).

If we were to open our favorite social media feed, or visit our favorite online news source, we would find this to be even more the case today, almost fifty years later. And yet, how many of us would argue with the fact that in today’s schools and classrooms we continue to over-emphasize (and over-value) written composition over visual composition–or even a hybrid of the two–particularly the older students get? In chapter three of my new book, Renew! Become a Better–and More Authentic–Writing Teacher, I point out the similarities between written and visual composition and make a case for renewing our writing instruction by incorporating more of the latter in our (and our students’) daily lives. I also offer a variety of ways that teachers can engage students in this work, ensuring that the writing they are invited to do in school is much more reflective of the world in which they–and we–currently live.

You can learn with Shawna this summer at The University of New Hampshire’s Summer Literacy Institute. Catch her workshop titled “Writing, Redefined: Honoring the Compositional Work of ALL Students.”  Head over to the Stenhouse website to read Chapter 3 of Renew.

 

References:
Postman, Neil and Charles Weingartner. (1969). Teaching as a Subversive Activity. New York, NY:
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.

Add comment June 5th, 2017


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