“Because learners can decode visual texts it means they can also engage with meaning-making skills, such as inferring, using text evidence, recognizing symbols and patterns, identifying themes and big ideas and making rich, meaningful connections.”
–Trevor Bryan, author, The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence
Broadening the Path to Literacy
New! The Art of Comprehension
Fresh off the press is The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence. In this video, author Trevor Bryan introduces his innovative framework for deepening comprehension, which helps students interpret both print and visual texts and lead powerful conversations about them. Read more here.
Coming Soon: Super Spellers Starter Sets
Mark Weakland’s Super Speller Starter Sets will be out soon! From master word lists and spelling centers to word ladders, Weakland provides everything you need to bring to life the wisdom of Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction. Preorder here.
Close Reading in Primary Grades
“Sometimes even our littlest readers are also our biggest thinkers,” notes Amy Stewart, author of Little Readers, Big Thinkers. Explore her tried and true approaches to enable even the youngest children to discover new ways to enjoy texts, think about them critically, and share that thinking.
The Magic of Math
“Nerding Out” on Math
Tracy Johnston Zager’s Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had is “chock full of ideas and examples; very readable, entertaining, and intriguing,” notes Jenn David-Lang on The Main Idea podcast. Listen as she explores the gap between how math is taught and how mathematicians view it–as full of wonder and creativity. Read her summary of the book here.
Review: How Many? is “Magic”
“So many wonderful things one can learn” in Christopher Danielson’s How Many? Teacher’s Guide bundle, according to this review. “The magic of this book truly lies in sharing [it] with our own children/students,” writes Kelly Darke, math teacher and author of the Math Book Magic blog.
Tips, Tools for Classroom Practice
Top Topics: Race, Religion, and Gender
Authors Matthew R. Kay, author of Not Light, But Fire, and Shawna Coppola, author of Renew: Become a Better–and more Authentic–Writing Teacher talk about race relations in today’s classrooms and communities and how to avoid “fake conversations” in favor of thoughtful, open, and rigorous discussions with students. Listen here.
Working with Trauma-affected Children
How do we support the growth of children who have experienced trauma? It all starts with the relationship. Conferring is a powerful way to cultivate trust, respect and agency in children, according to Kari Yates, co-author with Christina Nosek of To Know and Nurture a Reader. Read more here.
Presence, One Day at a Time
If you want to overcome the daily blur, Lisa Lucas, author of Practicing Presence, has created a project that can transform the way you approach each day. Read about it here and consider registering for the “Practicing Presence Summer Self-Care Retreat for Educators.”
New Titles from Stenhouse Partner
Pembroke Publishers, the Canadian sister company to Stenhouse, has released new engaging, practical books on freewriting, vocabulary, mindfulness activities, and work-life balance for teachers. Explore the new titles here.