1. Hot off the presses!
Teaching Literature Rhetorically: Transferable Literacy Skills for 21st Century Students: Jennifer Fletcher’s new book showcases eight high-utility literacy skills and practices that will stay with your students all their lives. “Literature and rhetoric offer us powerful ways of understanding ourselves and our world,” says Fletcher. Preview and order here.
Choral Counting and Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK–5 Math Classroomby Megan L. Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou inspires preschool and elementary teachers to experience the joys and rewards of regularly using two activities—Choral Counting and Counting Collections—in their classrooms and in their partnerships with families. Preview and order here.
2. Speaking of learning that lasts a lifetime, check out this blog “How to teach so learning sticks” by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, the authors of Who’s Doing The Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More and the Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets.
3. As the school year gets into full swing, here are 13 handy ideas from Kari Yatesand Christina Nosek, authors of To Know and Nurture a Reader, on ways to cultivate a community of readers in your classroom.
5. Math Teachers, Read On!
Math teachers who are reading Tracy Zager’s Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had have formed a free collaborative book study that will be led by Mike Flynn and Kaneka Turner. Register here.
“The Main Idea: Current Education Book Summaries” overviews the book and reports that “Zager lifts the dark cloud of mathematics instruction and restores it to the fun that it should be—about wonder, exploration, and challenge.”
6. Reviewers are talking about Stenhouse books
From this review of Christopher Danielson’s How Many? “A lovely package that will interest not just elementary-grade teachers and librarians, but many a parent or homeschooling effort.”