The Stenhouse Blog

Supplemental Resources Ideal for Remote and Hybrid Learning

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2020 4:09:14 PM

Overcoming the challenges of time and distance.

As if teachers didn't face enough challenges under "normal" circumstances, but now they face an added constraint: distance. Most of you are likely wondering how to engage a virtual or blended “classroom” full of students. Or how to adapt print-based resources for online learning. And how do you preserve those social interactions that are so important for both building a community of learning and making the content accessible, relevant, equitable, and even joyful?

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Ideas for Outdoor Learning Opportunities

Posted by admin on Sep 16, 2020 1:46:49 PM

One of the most powerful audio-visual tools we have available to us is the outdoors.

In Schoolyard-Enhanced  Learning , author Herbert W. Broda gives readers practical, teacher-tested suggestions for finding ways to turn outdoor activities--such as hiking and camping--into meaningful learning opportunities.

But planning outdoor excursions with students can be more complicated than it sounds. In Chapter 6, Herbert shows us how we  can give students focused activities that will keep their minds aligned with the objectives of the hike. And after many years of hiking with kids, he has generated a helpful list of cautions and procedures that he shares here. Take a look!

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Deepen Number Sense with Number Talks

Posted by admin on Sep 15, 2020 1:01:16 PM


Number Talks allow students to take back the authority of their own reasoning, but they also bring interest, excitement, and joy back into the math classroom.

In Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker’s Making Number Talks Matter and their newest companion title, Digging Deeper: Making Number Talks Matter Even More, teachers learn not only how to use Number Talks to develop number sense, but how these short, daily routines can help create a thriving classroom community where students actively share their thinking and teachers become expert listeners.

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PODCAST: Graham Fletcher on Building Fact Fluency

Posted by admin on Sep 10, 2020 1:19:43 PM


With the release of Graham Fletcher's Building Fact Fluency toolkit fast approaching, we wanted to re-release this wonderful conversation with Graham and his editor, Tracy Zager, about the careful thought process that went into the creation of each component in this exciting new resource--back when they were just getting started. You'll hear their unmistakable drive and passion about teaching addition and subtraction in a way that sticks and transfers from grade to grade. Plus it's fun! 


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Get the Choral Counting Tool

Posted by Jill Backman on Sep 9, 2020 1:39:35 PM

Get the Choral Counting Tool and watch how deeply and creatively children can engage with ideas of number and operations and mathematical sense-making through counting.

If you are familiar with Choral Counting & Counting Collections by Megan L. Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou, then you know that Choral Counting is a fun, engaging instructional activity designed to leverage children’s mathematical thinking as they work together to count and dig into a variety of number sequences. Did you know, however, there is a Choral Counting Tool to help you plan out your counts?

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath

VIDEO: How to use Who's Doing the Work? Lesson Sets Remotely

Posted by admin on Sep 8, 2020 11:28:49 AM

Created for classrooms. Ready for remote teaching.

Users of the Who's Doing the Work? Lesson Sets by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris already know about its  high-quality, ready-to-use balanced literacy lessons designed to help you teach responsively. But you may not have known that it can be fairly simple to shift these lessons from in-person to remote instruction. Here's co-author, Jan Burkins explaining how it works.

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New Fall Titles from Stenhouse

Posted by admin on Sep 2, 2020 10:18:50 AM

We know that the start to this school year is unlike any other, but we are still hard at work trying to get you helpful, practical resources that will sharpen your instructional skillsbecause we know it's still important to you. So here are our latest titles from trusted educators that will breathe new life into your teaching and bring joy and engagement to your classroom, whether it's in person or online.

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What Folks Are Saying About . . . Writing Redefined

Posted by admin on Sep 1, 2020 12:24:09 PM

By allowing ourselves and our students to redefine writing, we redefine what it means to be a writer.  In Writing, Redefined: Broadening Our Ideas of What It Means to Compose, Shawna shows us how we can change what "counts" as writing by demonstrating the parallels between the alphabetic-heavy writing we've traditionally taught and other modes of composition.

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Do your students identify as readers?

Posted by admin on Aug 28, 2020 10:06:22 AM

Independent reading time can sometimes be viewed as an opportunity to step back and let students simply find a cozy nook to quietly read on their own, but—as this research paper from Laura Robb, Gravity Goldberg, and Renée Houser will show—independent reading is a critical instructional component to any reading curriculum.

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Richard Gentry on Brain Words

Posted by admin on Aug 27, 2020 12:35:07 PM

In their recent book, Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching, Richard Gentry and Gene Ouellete explain the latest research and theory on lexical representation and its relation to rapid and accurate word reading, a necessary skill to mastering literacy.

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