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Jill Backman

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A Tool for Choral Counting

Posted by Jill Backman on Jun 18, 2019 11:01:03 AM

If you are familiar with Choral Counting & Counting Collections by Megan L. Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou, then you know that Choral Counting is a fun, engaging instructional activity designed to leverage children’s mathematical thinking as they work together to count and dig into a variety of number sequences. Did you know, however, there is a Choral Counting Tool to help you plan out your counts?

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath

Don't Miss Out on These Free Resources

Posted by Jill Backman on Jun 12, 2019 12:41:17 PM

You might have a few or a lot of Stenhouse books on your bookshelf, but did you know that we have a treasure trove of free material on our website and social channels? Here are just a few. Go to Stenhouse.com to see even more!

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Topics: Free Resources

Feed Students’ Curiosities with Personal Digital Inquiry

Posted by Jill Backman on Jun 12, 2019 12:27:09 PM

Meaningful uses of technology can change how you teach and how your students learn. But many teachers struggle with finding ways to incorporate digital tools and texts into their instruction in a way that is focused while also inspiring curiosity. Thankfully, Julie Coiro has created a framework called Personal Digital Inquiry (PDI) that will help you integrate purposeful uses of technology into a classroom culture that values inquiry and deep learning.

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Topics: Classroom practice, Content Areas

Why Write in Math Class?

Posted by Jill Backman on Jun 12, 2019 12:05:03 PM

Most of the time in math class is spent on numbers, symbols, and shapes. Not much time is spent on writing, aside from students explaining how they arrived at a solution to a problem. But writing can be a powerful vehicle for student learning in mathematics, and Linda Dacey, with Kathleen O’Connell Hopping and Rebeka Eston Salemi, has written a book about how to do it successfully.

As we broaden our view of writing, in all its varied styles and stages, we can recognize the powerful effect it can have on our students’ learning as well as the joy it can bring to our classrooms.” –Linda Dacey

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath

Math and Academic Safety

Posted by Jill Backman on May 23, 2019 10:21:41 AM

Hanging inspirational posters on the wall is not enough to take care of the emotional baggage about mathematics our students bring. In Chapter 3 of Necessary Conditions, author Geoff Krall goes beyond platitudes, digging deep into the root causes of students' accumulated feelings about mathematics and themselves: mindset, race, gender, identity, social pressures, tracking, academic status, and past math experiences. Drawing on real examples from his case-study schools, Krall gives teachers and departments specific, practical steps for change, so we can create academically safe classroom cultures in which our adolescent students can thrive.

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Topics: Math

The Writing Wallet

Posted by Jill Backman on May 17, 2019 4:53:59 PM
The following is excerpted from Teach Writing Well: How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision! by Ruth Culham.

Wallets are a commonplace item. But even though the contents may be similar among individuals—credit cards, IDs, cash, photos—the particulars will vary. I have a driver’s license from Oregon, for instance, and you likely have one from another state—but we both have driver’s licenses. Wallets are handy for storing things you need to make a purchase, board a plane, show a picture of a grandchild, share insurance information, and so on.

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Topics: Writing

What Was Jeff Anderson Like as a Teacher?

Posted by Jill Backman on Apr 29, 2019 3:42:04 PM

Jeff Anderson spends his days spreading his knowledge, energy, and joy to educators across the country as an author and presenter. But he started his career doing the same thing in the classroom with his students. Caroline Sweet was one of those students. She took the time to share her memory of Mr. Anderson when she was in his classroom in 1992.

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Topics: Author News