Continually Learning to Learn

November 8th, 2018

Writing, like all creative work, isn’t about good work or bad work. It’s about doing the work. Give yourself, give your work all the time it needs. –Trevor Bryan

Literacy, Writing, and Art

“Writing Isn’t Hard”
Author Trevor Bryan, whose new book The Art of Comprehension took four years to write, says writing isn’t as hard as we’ve been told it is…but it is “terribly, excruciatingly, unbelievably time-consuming.” Read his blog here.

Prompting Student Engagement
Help students think for themselves using the “prompting funnel” from Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, authors of Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets. Watch it in action and learn how to say less so readers can do more!

Speaking Skills Count

Stenhouse authors Kelly Gallagher (left, author of Write Like This) and Erik Palmer (right, author of Well Spoken) are featured in this recent EdWeek blog post, which makes the case that teaching oral communication is more important than ever.

 

Nudging Resistant Writers
Mark Overmeyer, author of When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working, has discovered that taking an “inquiry stance” is more likely to produce positive results with resistant writers. Check out his tips for working with struggling writers.

Book Review
Not Light, But Fire by Matthew R. Kay is a “well written, concise … and thought-provoking book that challenges teachers to move beyond traditional classroom topics,” notes Dr. Laura Von Staden’s review on MiddleWeb.

Quality Math Instruction

Online Series Starts Soon
Registration opens Sunday for “Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (K-5),” an online series hosted by Mike Flynn and featuring several additional Stenhouse authors. Join Christopher Danielson, Tracy Zager, Elham Kazemi, and others for the 10 collaborative sessions.

Toward a Math Pedagogy
What are the three, universal elements for a quality math experience? Find out here from Geoff Krall, author of the new title, Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation.

Thriving in the Classroom

Shifting Attitudes about Teaching
Paula Bourque, author of the forthcoming Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms, reflects on the “dips and rises” in a first-year teacher’s experience and attitudes toward teaching. Her advice: “Don’t be fazed by the phases.”

A Teacher’s “Prime Real Estate”
Regie Routman, author of Literacy Essentials, suggests that classrooms are teachers’ prime—and often undeveloped—real estate. “Never underestimate the influence of a well-conceived physical learning space for optimizing social, emotional, and intellectual well-being.”

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