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POPCast, Episode 6: Revising, Editing, and Responding Through a Grammar Lens (PART 1)

Posted by admin on Apr 9, 2021 9:06:17 AM

"How do we get better at writing? By doing it. How do we get better at applying these skills? By doing them."

About this episode

Welcome to POPCAST, Episode 6! In part 1 of this two-part episode, Revising, Editing, and Responding Through a Grammar Lens, Jeff Anderson and Travis Leech talk about the Invitation to Apply, step 5 in the Patterns of Power process. Listen and learn how it works to engage middle school students in the writing process.

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PODCAST: The Six Shifts, Episode 3: Recommitting to Phonemic Awareness Instruction

Posted by admin on Apr 2, 2021 11:43:20 AM

In this second shift, we dig into some misconceptions surrounding phonemic awareness.

In this episode

Welcome to episode 3 of The Six Shifts, with Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, co-authors of Shifting The Balance: Six Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom. In this series, Jan and Kari, with Stenhouse’s Dan Tobin, address misconceptions and misunderstandings that have discouraged educators from incorporating the science of reading into the balanced literacy classroom.

If you're just tuning in, check out episodes one and two. In our third episode, Jan, Kari, and Dan begin digging in to the second shift: Recommitting to Phonemic Awareness Instruction.

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Amplifying Student Voice and Encouraging Action Through Art (One Thing You Might Try...)

Posted by admin on Apr 1, 2021 12:50:31 PM

In this week’s One Thing You Might Try . . . blog, art educator Paula Liz writes about how her students are using digital art projects to make their voices heard and explore ways to make change in the world.

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Topics: Reading, Writing, One Thing You Might Try

POPCast, Episode 5: Publish, Share, and Celebrate Student Writing

Posted by admin on Mar 26, 2021 3:04:23 PM

"This invitation helps to show students that their words have meaning and their words have power in the classroom . . ."

About this episode

#POPCAST, Episode 5! In this episode, Jeff Anderson and Travis Leech talk about step 4 in the Patterns of Power process, Publish, Share, and Celebrate. Listen and learn how it works to engage middle school students in the writing process.

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Why Hands-Down Conversations?

Posted by admin on Mar 24, 2021 5:22:58 PM

"Most central to the belief system of a Hands-Down Conversation community is the conviction that all students are competent thinkers with valuable experiences and ideas to draw upon."

As mothers of preschoolers, we are deeply familiar with many episodes of Sesame Street. As teachers, we are particularly interested in the segments that are designed to orient young children to the norms of school. In one particular musical vignette, entitled “Two Different Worlds,” singer Ed Sheeran croons along with Sesame Street characters Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Abby about the differences between our school and home worlds.

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PODCAST: The Six Shifts, Episode 2: Rethinking How Reading Comprehension Begins

Posted by admin on Mar 19, 2021 7:58:26 AM

In this first shift, we start by exploring four misunderstandings about how reading comprehension develops.

In this episode

Welcome to episode 2 of The Six Shifts, with Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, co-authors of Shifting The Balance: Six Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom. In this series, Jan and Kari, with Stenhouse’s Dan Tobin, address misconceptions and misunderstandings that have discouraged educators from incorporating the science of reading into the balanced literacy classroom.

In our previous episode, Jan and Kari shared the story behind Shifting the Balance and their experience rethinking their teaching. In our second episode, Jan, Kari and Dan begin digging in to the first shift: Rethinking How Reading Comprehension Begins.

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Building Active Anchor Charts to Support Teaching and Learning (One Thing You Might Try...)

Posted by admin on Mar 18, 2021 12:30:08 PM

In this week's One Thing You Might Try . . . post, K–8 literacy specialist, Gwen Blumberg, shares ideas for building anchor charts as visual scaffolds that can be easily implemented regardless of instructional setting.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Writing, One Thing You Might Try

PODCAST: Text Sets in Action: Stories from the Classroom

Posted by admin on Mar 17, 2021 1:07:46 PM

"There are different ways that we take in information. So thinking about text sets and the way to teach with them is allowing us to really build that differentiation into our lessons and our units even from the planning stage. So we're anticipating the types of learners who might walk into a room."

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POPCast, Episode 4: Imitate the Patterns of Power

Posted by admin on Mar 12, 2021 8:25:01 AM

"We use the authors in our classroom to teach us, to give us patterns, to try out and see how they fit in our own voice. We will develop our own voices. This is not copying it's imitation. You find some similar patterns, but you don't copy the content."

About this episode

#POPCAST, Episode 4! In this episode, Jeff Anderson and Travis Leech talk about step 3 in the Patterns of Power process, Invitation to Imitate. Listen and learn how it works to engage middle school students in the writing process.

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What Folks Are Saying About: Open Middle Math

Posted by admin on Mar 10, 2021 6:43:47 AM

“WARNING: Your students may not leave your mathematics classroom when the bell rings if you start using Open Middle tasks." —Sara Vanderwerf

The problems and strategies in Open Middle Math by Robert Kaplinsky gives middle and high school teachers the guidance and materials not only engage students in math class, but get them excited to dig into a problem as if on a quest, and enthusiastically share discoveries with their peers. Matt Larson wrote, "Not only will your students experience mathematics in more authentic ways, but your teaching will be simultaneously energized as your classroom becomes a motivating space where students meet and enjoy the challenge of really doing mathematics.” Find out what else folks are saying about Open Middle Math.

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath, Middle School, High School