By Angela Kohnen and Wendy Saul, authors of the new book Thinking Like a Generalist: Skills for Making Sense of a Complex World
In this episode of Teacher's Corner, Stenhouse authors, Paula Bourque, Matthew Kay, and Terry Thompson discuss the myth of the perfect teacher, what we get wrong—and right—about teacher appreciation, and how we can show appreciation year round.
Educators of young children know that their small students are capable of having big mathematical ideas. But it can be difficult to find instruction that emphasizes the importance of making space for them to talk about, play with, and be curious about those mathematical ideas. Luckily, math educator and author Toni Cameron wrote a whole book of routines that do exactly that!
For the past ten years, Gail Boushey and Allison Behne have worked with hundreds of teachers and students nationwide, gaining insight into best practices for reading instruction. Using those insights, they developed The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction to help teachers apply what their research has shown— that reading instruction isn't about the setting, the basal, or the book level. Effective reading instruction is based on what that students needs in that moment.
Here at Stenhouse, we like to think every week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which is why we always provide free shipping on our books and as much free professional learning opportunities as we can! But that won’t stop us from spoiling you this week, especially after enduring one of the toughest times in your careers. So take a look at the goodies we’re offering this coming week, and—from all of us at Stenhouse—WE THANK YOU!
These are tough times. It's understandable that we would feel tested while we just try to make it through each day. Thankfully Lisa Lucas has some ideas and techniques we can use right away to help reframe our thinking and become more responsive than reactive.
In Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning , author Herbert W. Broda gives readers practical, teacher-tested suggestions for using the most powerful audio-visual tool available—the outdoors. In chapter 6 of this idea-packed book, you'll find ways to turn outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping into meaningful learning opportunities. Click the image below to read the chapter.
The weather is getting warmer and your students are spending more time outdoors where they can. You might be looking for ways to suggest meaningful learning activities into their outdoor excursions. Here are three Stenhouse books that are packed with nature-based learning ideas that you can use now and when you get back to school next year. Take a look!
With the sudden change to online learning, teachers have been asked to adapt to a model that they may not be comfortable with or have the necessary training and support in which to thrive. But we may be able to help.
In 2018, we talked with Dr. Lisa Lucas about her then-new book, Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers. At the time, we talked about how to work with the sometimes overwhelming level of stress that educators face. Today, that seems an even bigger challenge and Lisa’s work is even more needed than it was before, so we're revisiting Lisa's original 2018 episode.