Literacy and Classroom Strategies

October 25th, 2018

“In classrooms where writers flourish, students engage with the world around them, noticing things that not everyone else sees.”
Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, Patterns of Power

The Power of Conversation

Experimenting and Playing with Language
No more chanting rules or grammar worksheets for Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, coauthors of Patterns of Power. Join them in real classrooms as they invite elementary students to explore the essential grammar conventions. Watch here.

Race Talk in the Classroom
In this video “Let’s All Get Woke: Engaging Students in Conversations About Race,” three educators, including Shawna Coppola, author of Renew! Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher, offer insights and dispel common misperceptions.

Nuances of Race ConversationsIn this Teach Me, Teacher podcast, Matthew R. Kay, author of Not Light, But Fire, continues his discussion of meaningful race conversations. “As a country we’re fraudulent in our conversations about race—left, right, and center,” says Kay, who urges teachers to “normalize race conversations.”

In this short Stenhouse video, Kay urges teachers to tread carefully when it comes to impromptu race conversations. Take time; don’t rush headlong into “teachable moments,” he advises “Reflection is important.”

Strategic Work of Reading

Children go through a collection of strategic processes that work together to help them comprehend text. Writing on a Lesley University blog, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, authors of Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets, share insights on the subtler aspects of teaching students to be strategic.

 

Authors at LFA Conference
Burkins and Yaris (above), will be speaking at the Literacy for All Conference Oct. 28-30, along with J. Richard Gentry, co-author of the forthcoming BrainWords: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching, and Trevor Bryan, author of The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence.

Check the schedule here.

On Monday, Oct. 29, don’t miss the chance to meet these Stenhouse authors and get your book signed:

Math Reflections

A “Dehumanizing” Assessment
Math coach and Stenhouse editor Kassia Omohundro Wedekind takes up a controversial subject in her “Why iReady is Dangerous” blog post. Calling the assessment “dehumanizing,” Wedekind critiques the way iReady reports data and makes suggestions for instruction.

Coaching that Lasts
Check out this post on the long-lasting benefits of receiving high-quality coaching and professional development from Lucy West, author of the new video-rich Adding Talk to the Equation: A Self-Study Guide for Teachers and Coaches on Improving Math Discussion.

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