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Digging in and Opening Minds

Posted by admin on Dec 18, 2018 7:38:10 AM

“As schools jump from curricula to curricula, from initiative to initiative, I’ve found that the biggest drivers of a quality math experience are teachers dedicated to their craft and to their students.”
–Geoff Krall, Necessary Conditions

Math for All

Three Essentials for Math Success
In his new book, Geoff Krall discusses the essential elements that will open the door to math for all your students: academic safety, quality tasks, and effective facilitation. Order your copy of Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation here.

Hands-on Choral Counting

The authors of Choral Counting are offering new resources for teachers. This vignetteof a second-grade teacher showcases ways she engages her students in counting and conversation and an instructional routine that uses a number grid.

Digging into ‘Number Talks’
With Number Talks, students try to solve a problem mentally and then share their thinking with their peers. Read this reflection on Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker’s Making Number Talks Matter and their newest companion title, Digging Deeper: Making Number Talks Matter Even More.


Expanding the Literacy Mindset

The Value of a Good Question
Cathy Fraser, author of Love the Questions: Reclaiming Research with Curiosity and Passion, offers teachers the tools to nudge students beyond the mindset of “how fast can I get the answer and go?” Read an interview with Fraser here.

Calling all Artists and Illustrators


Shawna Coppola, author of Renew! Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher, is writing a new book for Stenhouse that calls for a re-imagining of what we consider “writing.” She’s looking for insights and input from illustrators and comic artists. If you fit the bill, the survey is here.


Opening Minds with Quick Writes
Coming on Jan 13: Paula Bourque’s Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle the Hearts and Minds and Elementary Classrooms. Bourque presents a way for children to create a rich array of writing, nurturing a range of skills: mindfulness, metacognitive skills, and a mindset of reflection motivation, and gratitude.

Sing it out for Commas!
Use this catchy tune to help your students remember when they need to use a comma with subordinating conjunctions. It’s all about “AAAWWUBBIS.” Highly recommended by Jeff Anderson.

Discounts and Free Shipping

Give the gift of professional learning! Hurry to the Stenhouse website to claim a 10% discount, in addition to the 25% educator discount–with free shipping–by entering promo code 18HOLIDAY. Offer valid through 12/31/18.

Newslinks will be back Friday, January 4, 2019 with same great content, but a fresh new look!

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