Thursday roundup: Celebrating teachers

Amanda Villagomez, a teacher from Oregon, recently started a new series on her blog called Celebrating Educators. She hopes to inspire new and veteran teachers alike by sharing educators’ journeys. In the latest installment Stenhouse author Pat Johnson writes about how she discovered her passion of working with struggling readers. Check back with Amanda’s blog often to read about other teachers’ journeys and to share yours!

And while you are on Amanda’s blog, also check out this great review of Herbert Broda’s recent book Moving the Classroom Outdoors.

Stenhouse author Franki Sibberson recently interviewed Kelly Gallagher about his new book, Write Like This. You can listen to the podcast and read the full transcript on the ChoiceLiteracy website.

Kelly’s previous book, Readicide, was also mentioned in a blog entry on the Tucson Citizen website by op-ed writer Marc Severson.

Add comment September 8th, 2011

Blog Watch: Tuesday roundup

We have two items for this week’s Tuesday blog watch roundup:

Joan Brodsky Schur, author of Eyewitness to the Past, was interviewed by eschoolnews.com about how teachers can prepare to discuss 9/11 in their classrooms. “I feel certain that a school with young children is going to do whatever memorializing they’re going to do in a respectful way towards the people who gave their lives, but also respect the needs of young children,” Joan says. Read the full article here and then revisit Joan’s tips for teaching 9/11 from a piece on the Stenhouse blog.

Over at EdWeek, teacher, author, and blogger Donalyn Miller invited Terry Thompson, author of Adventures in Graphica to share his research-based reasons for using graphic novels in the classroom. “The instructional potential in graphic novels is most evident in the way they motivate readers, scaffold meaning, and adapt easily to a variety of learning situations and settings,” writes Terry. Read the full article on Donalyn’s blog,  The Book Whisperer.

Add comment August 30th, 2011

Blog Watch: Tuesday roundup

Here are a couple of interesting Stenhouse-related tidbits from around the blogosphere:

Mike McQueen at Reading on the Run recently conducted an in-depth interview with Cris Tovani. The interview focuses mostly on Cris’s book I Read It but I Don’t Get It. Listen to the interview and then make sure to check out Cris’s latest book So What Do They Really Know. The book is now available for full preview on the Stenhouse site!

Sara Fillion wrote a lovely review of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice on the Responsive Classroom website. “Day-by-Day is not only an excellent resource but also a really fun read for anyone who teaches writing,” Sara says. Read the full review here.

If you ever wanted to explore the virtual reality of Second Life, here is a great reason to do so! Julie D. Ramsay, author of “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?” will host a virtual book discussion beginning August 22. You can find out more about the event here.

Check out this video clip of Rick Wormeli discussing his book Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12. And if you had doubts that Rick was a multi-talented author, here is another proof: a song that he co-wrote with Monte Selby. You can listen to the song here.

Add comment August 16th, 2011

Review roundup

It’s always helpful to know what fellow teachers/authors/bloggers think of a particular book before your purchase. So here are three recent reviews from the blogosphere to help you decide.

Gresham Brown at Room 241 reviewed Debbie Miller’s book Reading with Meaning. While the book has been around for a few years, Gresham finds that its ideas and inspiration are still very much relevant in every classroom.

Julie D. Ramsay’s new book “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?” got an enthusiastic thumbs up from Dr. Frank Buck on his blog Get Organized! “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing? contains so much dialogue, I truly felt I was right there in the classroom with the students. I started reading one afternoon and found I was two-thirds of the way through before I could put it down,” he writes.

Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading says that even though Cris Tovani talks about high school students who struggle with reading in her new book So What Do They Really Know?, “the big issues of assessment, testing, using assessment to inform instruction, student ownership, grading, etc. are all very universal.”

Add comment August 10th, 2011

An interview with the Two Writing Teachers

Here is your chance to get to know Ruth Ayres and Stacey Shubitz, authors of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice. Another Stenhouse author, Patrick Allen (Conferring and Put Thinking to the Test), sat down with them to talk about their new book, what they learned during the writing process, and the importance of reflection.

Read the entire interview here and then head over to the Stenhouse website to order your copy of Day by Day – just in time for a blog tour Dec. 6-9. This will be your chance to ask questions from the authors and discuss the book with your fellow teachers!

Add comment November 10th, 2010

Interview with Ralph Fletcher

“I want to hear laughter. Humor is essential! I want to see writing displayed on the walls that reflects what kids do at that age. Instead of typing up correct (standard) first grade stories, put stories on the walls written in their own handwriting, in their own zany spellings.”

Patrick Allen recently interviewed Ralph Fletcher on his blog, All-en-A Day’s Work. The two discuss Ralph’s latest book, Pyrotechnics on the Page, what makes for playful writing, and how to promote playful language in the classroom. Patrick is the author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop.

Add comment May 17th, 2010

An interview with Jennifer Jacobson

Stacey Shubitz over at Two Writing Teachers interviewed Jennifer Jacobson recently about her new book, No More “I’m Done!”: Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades. Go behind the scenes of Jennifer’s book and her ideas about writing workshop with primary students in this extensive interview.

Add comment May 3rd, 2010

What other bloggers are saying…

Here is a quick roundup of some reviews of Stenhouse books we came across recently in the blogosphere:

Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject by Rick Wormeli:
“Metaphors and Analogies provides an excellent starting point for understanding the promise and pitfalls of these important devices, and I would encourage you to explore Wormeli’s book for yourself.  In the spirit of its title, it truly is a buffet for the hungry mind,” writes blogger Patrick Woessner on Technology in the Middle.

Keith Schoch at How to Teach a Novel, is also enthusiastic about Rick’s latest: “His work, however, is so far the most practical title I’ve seen on the topic, offering teachers simple steps for improving their instruction through the use of metaphors and analogies. Every page provides subject-specific examples, allowing readers to easily understand the real-life applications to the classroom.”

Small Group Intervention (DVD) by Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos:
“As I am building more interest in staff development and literacy leadership, I especially enjoyed this resource. I look forward to eventually sharing the DVD with others to support literacy instruction development,” says Mrs. V at Snapshots of Mrs. V.

A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough:
Sarah Amick over at Amick’s Articles gives a thumbs-up for Georgia Heard’s latest book: “She seems to understand the plight that we are all in this topsy turvy world of assessment driven instruction. And yet, she doesn’t stray from the fact that our youngest learners need to be held in their world of wonder, that that world need not be taken away from their early in their learning. She understands that school can be a place where children are dumped information into their little minds instead of discovering it for themselves.”

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Add comment December 21st, 2009

Changing beliefs about conferring, one teacher at a time

In an in-depth interview on A Year of Reading blog, Patrick Allen talks about his new book, Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop. He tells Stenhouse author and blogger Franki Sibberson about the origins of his book and about what he hopes teachers will take away from it.

“A lot of Conferring is about the journey I went through as I tried to change some of my beliefs and to enhance my instruction. I hope that as people read the book, they’ll understand that like all great learning, learning to confer takes time, energy, and practice, but it’s well-worth the effort! My own journey has made conferring the keystone of my reader’s workshop.”

Read the full interview and then preview Patrick’s book online!

Add comment November 4th, 2009

Blog watch: A couple of reviews

Several fellow bloggers have written about Stenhouse books in the past couple of weeks. Here is a taste of what they said about the books and how they use them in their classrooms:

At A Year of Reading Franki Sibberson, Stenhouse author and blogger, wrote a review of Jennifer Allen’s new book, A Sense of Belonging. Franki recounts her mentor at the beginning of her teaching career: “She treated me as a colleague–a colleague who she enjoyed working with–from Day One. But more important was the fact that she got to know me as a person.” Don’t forget to join our Ning book study group that will begin discussing Jen’s book Sept. 17.

Another review of Jen’s book is at She’s the Apple of my Eye, where mother-daughter teachers Dayle and Courtney blog about Courtney’s first year of teaching.

Ruth Ayres from The Two Writing Teachers read and reviewed Liz Hale’s book, Crafting Writers. “I started reading and was soon totally immersed in the book and the work Elizabeth was describing,” Ruth writes.

Sarah Amick from Amick’s Articles wrote about The Daily Five and The Cafe Book, both by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, “The Sisters.” She recommends reading The Daily Five first and gives a chapter by chapter overview of The Cafe Book.

Amanda from Snapshots of Mrs. V read Jeff Anderson’s book Mechanically Inclined over the summer. “Initially, I thought that there would not be a whole lot new as far as background information. I wanted the book for the additional lesson ideas; however, there actually was a lot of additional information as well,” writes Amanda.

Add comment September 10th, 2009

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