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Four Classroom Resources to Enhance Instruction and Save Valuable Prep Time

Posted by admin on Jun 24, 2020 10:30:33 AM

Stenhouse Classroom Resources were developed by expert educators with students and teachers in mind. These authors have been in the classroom and know how important it is to have resources and tools that save valuable prep time with ready-to-use materials while also enhancing instruction and boosting teaching expertise—so they created these four Classroom Resources to do just that.

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What is a Classroom Resource?

Technically, all of Stenhouse's professional learning resources, including our professional books, are meant for the classroom. But we consider any resource that comes with tools and various components to be a Classroom Resource—so anything that goes beyond the book to give teachers those ready-to-use materials that will help implement new and valuable practice into instruction with ease is considered a Classroom Resource.

Let's take a look at four of those resources, all of which also include valuable on-demand professional development and classroom demonstration videos so teachers have all of the the teaching support they need to engage students in becoming better readers, writers, and thinkers.

Building Fact Fluency

For years, teachers have been asking students to memorize their math facts, and to this day, the most common complaint that math specialist, Graham Fletcher, hears from teachers is, “My kids aren’t fluent with their basic facts.” Somewhere, between asking students to memorize their math facts in elementary school and then expecting students to use those facts in practice, something isn’t transferring. In the new Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Addition & Subtraction, Graham helps students learn their math facts by developing deep, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency at the same time.

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Authentic Grammar Instruction

Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca created the Classroom Resource Patterns of Power Plus to expand on the lessons in their popular professional book, Patterns of Power. Whereas the book spanned grades 1 through 5, Patterns of Power Plus is split into specific grade levels and comes with all of the tools and materials needed to make authentic grammar instruction—something that is missing from many classrooms today—easy and fun to implement!Learn more

Supporting Teachers of Independent Readers

Over and over again, educators Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser heard from classroom teachers that they needed support, advice, and the proper tools to be able to have meaningful one-on-one conferences with students about the books they read independently—so they created it! The Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading is a Classroom Resource that was designed based on Gravity and Renee’s professional development workshops and questions they heard most often from teachers in the classroom. This all-in-one system is for helping teachers plan, model, teach, and organize independent reading strategies for themselves and their students. This Classroom Resource will lead you from curriculum implementor to confident decision-maker. 

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Responsive Teaching Practice

Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets are an extension of the ideas Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris wrote about in their popular best-selling professional book Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More. The Lesson Sets expand on the ideas in the book by offering all of the materials teachers need to practice responsive teaching in a balanced literacy framework including a stack of engaging mentor texts to use in read-alouds; comprehensive, highly supportive balanced literacy lessons; plus hours of demonstration videos. There's no shortage of teacher support in this Classroom Resource for teaching student agency and independence. 

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And now, shipping is FREE when you purchase any of these Classroom Resources before July 31, 2020. Use code FREESHIP online.