Digging into Literacy and Math

February 11th, 2019

“Expert teaching cannot be downloaded. No teacher ever became excellent without deep and ongoing study and refection.”

Regie Routman, Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners

Literacy: A Life-Changer

Literacy Essentials: Review, Reflections
Regie Routman’s Literacy Essentials is “one of the most important books of the decade,” says middle school literacy coach Jacob Chastain in this review. He calls attention to Routman’s thoughts on equity–“the real meat of this work.”

A font of literacy strategies, Routman shares her ideas in the CCIRA blog in the run-up to its conference next week. Routman, a featured speaker at the conference, weighs in on “Equity Matters” and offers nine steps to take to ensure equity for all.

“Writing—more than anything we teach—has the power to change students’ lives,” notes Routman in this MiddleWeb blog post “10 Surefire Ideas to Remove Writing Roadblocks.” Check out her tips on making writing “doable, effective, and gratifying.”

Using Think Time
Mark Weakland’s new blog post offers ideas on ways think time can enrich discussion, build vocabulary and language, and engage students. He describes the instructional technique, the “real reason to use it,” and provides examples from various age groups.

Uncovering the Mysteries of Language
Unlock the promise of Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca’s Patterns of Power with the new Patterns of Power Plus: Extension Lessons for Young Writers. You’ll find lessons to teach grammar authentically and with flexibility—without worksheets! Order your free lesson sampler here.

Math-Minded

Review: “Powerful Impact”

“I struggle to even put into words how I value this book.” So begins this review of Tracy Johnston Zager’s Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had. Nationally known mathematics consultant Michelle Rinehart calls the book “refreshing, empowering, and community building.”

Making Numbers Matter

Fans of Making Number Talks Matter can now discover new ways to dig more deeply into “tricky, problematic, or just plan hard” issues in math instruction. The vignette-rich sequel Digging Deeper: Making Number Talks Matter Even More also features extensive online video.

 

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