The Stenhouse Blog

The Math Resource Every K-8 Teacher Should Have

Posted by admin on Jul 3, 2020 5:00:00 AM

For many teachers, math is not a comfort zone. Even experienced teachers sometimes struggle with how to teach the big ideas in mathematics with a student-centered approach that can both nudge student thinking forward and build essential problem-solving skills. If only there was something out there that helps with both of those concepts in a friendly, easy-to-understand way. Oh, but there is!

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath

Podcast: Equity, Access, Book Choice, and Student Connection

Posted by admin on Jun 25, 2020 3:26:29 PM


This recently ended school year was unlike any other, and its effects will be felt for years, perhaps permanently.

In response to uncertainty about coronavirus transmission, school districts are developing multiple tools and models to deliver instruction efficiently and equitably, while the ongoing protests in response to the death of George Floyd have sparked reflection among many educators about their responsibility in teaching anti-racism.

What’s worked for us? How can we use these new tools more effectively? And how can we ensure that education is accessible by every child?

In this episode of Teacher's Corner, Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser, creators of the Teachers Toolkit for Independent Reading, share their experiences helping students access books and teachers, and discuss what’s important as they look to the fall.

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Sometimes You've Just Gotta Step Over Them

Posted by Matthew R. Kay on Jun 25, 2020 2:00:02 PM

By Matthew R. Kay, author of Not Light, But Fire

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Four Classroom Resources to Enhance Instruction and Save Valuable Prep Time

Posted by admin on Jun 24, 2020 10:30:33 AM

Stenhouse Classroom Resources were developed by expert educators with students and teachers in mind. These authors have been in the classroom and know how important it is to have resources and tools that save valuable prep time with ready-to-use materials while also enhancing instruction and boosting teaching expertise—so they created these four Classroom Resources to do just that.

What is a Classroom Resource?

Technically, all of Stenhouse's professional learning resources, including our professional books, are meant for the classroom. But we consider any resource that comes with tools and various components to be a Classroom Resource—so anything that goes beyond the book to give teachers those ready-to-use materials that will help implement new and valuable practice into instruction with ease is considered a Classroom Resource.

Let's take a look at four of those resources, all of which also include valuable on-demand professional development and classroom demonstration videos so teachers have all of the the teaching support they need to engage students in becoming better readers, writers, and thinkers.

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PODCAST: Building Skills to Navigate a Complex World

Posted by admin on Jun 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM

"We found that generalists are really proud of the fact that it may take more than a Google search to find an answer to their curiosity and the first result they get may not be the best. They knew how to either knock down the doors to get somebody to talk to them or find their way around the database to get to the source they needed, but they didn't give up."

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Why Fluency?

Posted by admin on Jun 18, 2020 1:22:56 PM

The following is an excerpt from the Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Addition & Subtraction Facilitator’s Guide by Graham Fletcher, coming this fall.

To this day, I can still remember sitting in the back of my dad’s pickup truck, flipping through a stack of flashcards on the way to soccer practice. I must have been about seven or eight years old, because the cards were addition and subtraction facts, not multiplication. We were about twenty minutes away from soccer and I was done practicing facts for the day, so I placed a rubber band around the stack and tossed it to the side. Little did I know, I was not done practicing my facts.

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Unpacking the Meaning of Racism

Posted by admin on Jun 12, 2020 11:01:23 AM

Stenhouse is committed to amplifying the voices of Black educators who bring a unique perspective to anti-racism work. Two educators we’re working with published insightful blogs this week in which they dig in to the meaning of racism.

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Un-muting Students' Virtual Voices: A Reflection on Distance Learning

Posted by Christy Hermann Thompson on Jun 10, 2020 8:09:06 AM

Below is a guest blog post from Christy Hermann Thompson, co-author with Kassia Omohundro Wedekind of the upcoming book, Hands Down Speak Out: Listening and Talking Across Literacy and Math.


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5 Ways to Support Independent Reading at Home

Posted by admin on Jun 3, 2020 9:42:04 AM

Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser believe that—equipped with the right tools and information—it is possible to support your independent readers at home in meaningful and practical ways that will get them invested in their reading and keep them reading all summer long.

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Blurring the Lines Between Social-Emotional Learning and Literacy

Posted by admin on May 27, 2020 7:58:42 AM

By Matt Renwick

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