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A Foundation for Developing the Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives of Children

Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2021 4:19:08 PM

"For us, schooling is not just about developing individual children’s intellectual and social abilities. It’s also about expanding their moral development and building stronger communities."

Ten years ago, Peter Johnston and six colleagues embarked on a journey to discover how to design a classroom culture that thrives intellectually while being both socially and emotionally healthy. Engaging Literate Minds: Developing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives is the culmination of their work and the stories of how their teaching has evolved by using Peter’s best-selling books Opening Minds and Choice Words.

The group collected their experiences and cast them into one voice to create this inspiring professional learning resource. Here is an excerpt from the book that gives readers a sense of the inspiration behind its creation and how it might encourage you and your colleagues to gather in a collective effort to make children’s (and your own) lives and futures brighter. Take a look!

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Topics: Literacy, Social Emotional Learning

PODCAST: Assessment in Your Online Classroom with Rick Wormeli

Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2021 1:37:19 PM

One of the many issues we face this year is how we assess and grade student learning after months of living in a pandemic. If the playbook for grading and assessment was tossed out the window some time ago, what do we do in its place?

Rick Wormeli, National Board Certified Teacher and author of Fair Isn't Always Equal, talked with us about what matters most in student assessment. Several times throughout the conversation, he references his just-completed Association for Middle Level Education webinar; we’ll include the link to that, as well as his other online references in the transcript to this podcast. (NOTE: This podcast was recorded in April, 2020.)

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Motivating Writers Through Blogging (One Thing You Might Try...)

Posted by admin on Feb 18, 2021 10:21:11 AM

In this week’s One Thing You Might Try… blog, kindergarten teacher, Dawnavyn James, writes about blogging with her young students and how their self-directed use of the comments feature helped them to connect with each other’s ideas.

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Topics: Writing, Kindergarten, One Thing You Might Try, Remote Learning

POPCast Episode 2: Invitation to Notice

Posted by admin on Feb 11, 2021 2:48:02 PM

In episode 2 of the POPCast, co-hosts Jeff Anderson and Travis Leech talk about the Invitation to Notice, step one of the Patterns of Power process. Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

About the POPCast

What do adolescent writers truly need to know about the conventions of language to read and write? How do we teach them? Do these crucial communication skills require a right-or-wrong approach or one that focuses on meaning and effect? Correction or creation? Limitation or possibility? Memorization or inspiration? And what, pray tell, will inspire middle school students to write pages that spill over with enthusiasm, thought, and authenticity?

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What Folks Are Saying About: Shifting the Balance

Posted by admin on Feb 10, 2021 1:49:04 PM

“Burkins and Yates skillfully explore ‘balanced literacy’ and ‘the science of reading’ to find the sweet spots where they overlap, connect, and actually complement one another.” —Susie Rolander, Bank Street College

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Topics: Literacy, Reading

Stock Up with Stenhouse! (Social-Emotional Learning)

Posted by admin on Feb 8, 2021 8:22:45 AM

Social-emotional learning is an important component of classroom instruction in any year, but this year has aimed a spotlight on just how important it is. As Peter Johnston wrote in his newest book, Engaging Literate Minds, "Our classrooms are responsible for helping children develop their humanity." It's a tall order, but it can be done with the right resources and guidance from trusted colleagues such as these Stenhouse authors. Stock up on these books to help you create a caring, kind, empathic classroom culture, either in person or online.

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Embracing the Home Environment’s Role in Distance Learning with Young Children (One Think You Might Try...)

Posted by admin on Feb 4, 2021 10:15:06 AM

In this week’s One Thing You Might Try… blog post, preschool teacher, Natali Gaxiola, writes about reimagining the early childhood classroom online and the power of building a classroom community that celebrates both students’ home and school lives.

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Topics: One Thing You Might Try

POPCast, Episode 1: An Overview of Patterns of Power, Grades 6-8

Posted by admin on Jan 28, 2021 12:53:38 PM

Welcome to Episode 1 of POPCast with Jeff Anderson and Travis Leech, co-authors of Patterns of Power, Grades 6–8!

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Don't Miss These Online Professional Learning Opportunities!

Posted by admin on Jan 28, 2021 10:56:10 AM

We know how important it is for you to keep your instruction current through regular professional learning events, but how do you choose the right virtual professional learning event? How can you fund PD right now if your school doesn’t have the budget? Will a virtual event be as effective as in-person PD? Although we don’t have all the answers, we would like to share some great funding resources, some thoughts on the benefits of virtual PD, and two exciting online professional learning opportunities with two of our authors, Matthew R. Kay and Whitney La Rocca. Take a look!

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VIDEO: Behind the Book, Sheetal Sheth

Posted by admin on Jan 26, 2021 3:52:56 PM

"Relationships and communities evolve through heartfelt responses to stories." ~JoEllen McCarthy, Layers of Learning

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Topics: Reading, Remote Learning, Social Emotional Learning