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Counting Collections from the First Day of School

Posted by admin on Aug 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In the final blog of our Stenhouse Summer Series, first grade teacher, Bitsy Parks, writes about how she gets started with Counting Collections on the very first day of school (and even before!).

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Topics: Classroom practice, Relationships, Professional Development

Building Community with Interactive Read-Alouds

Posted by admin on Jul 28, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In this Stenhouse Summer Series blog post, instructional coach Nita Creekmore shares one of her favorite books to read aloud in the first days of school and writes about the power of interactive read-aloud to build both literacy and community.

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Topics: Classroom practice, Relationships, Professional Development

Starting the Year with Bio-Poems

Posted by admin on Jul 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In this Stenhouse Summer Series blog post, Annie Syed writes about how to use bio-poems during the first week of school to help teachers and students get to know each other for a successful year ahead.

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Topics: Classroom practice, Relationships, Professional Development

Making Your Classroom Safe for LGBTQ+ Students on the First Day of School and Beyond

Posted by admin on Jul 14, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In the first post of our Stenhouse Summer Series, fourth-grade teacher, Nathan Lyon, writes about how preparing to build classroom communities that are safe and affirming of LGBTQ+ students is critical work we must all engage in as we begin planning for the new school year.

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Topics: Classroom practice, Relationships, Professional Development

How to Modify Common Classroom Activities to Build Conversation Skills

Posted by admin on Dec 23, 2019 10:07:17 AM

When students learn to have skillful conversations—academic or not—it is not only a powerful way to develop content understandings, thinking skills, and language, but they are also more equipped to overcome a wide range of life’s challenges.

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Topics: Classroom practice

Meet the Authors of Engaging Literate Minds

Posted by admin on Dec 10, 2019 9:24:48 AM

This book began when our small group started working together to become better teachers—to help the children, each other, and ourselves.”

In the new book, Engaging Literate Minds, we are introduced to seven colleagues who set out to think deeply together about how to create intellectually, socially, and emotionally healthy classrooms. With Peter Johnston and his books, Opening Minds and Choice Words as their guide, they spent the last ten years challenging themselves and each other to hone their instruction and promote a school curriculum that is thoroughly permeable to children’s interests and proclivities. They combined their stories into this professional learning resource. Let’s meet them!

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Topics: Classroom practice, Literacy

How to Recognize and Conquer Fatigue

Posted by admin on Oct 22, 2019 4:39:09 PM

Below is an excerpt from Lisa Lucas’s book of simple self-care strategies for teachers, Practicing Presence. This is just one many tips from this wonderful resource that are designed to help teachers from feeling “tired, wired, and running in circles.”

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Topics: Classroom practice

Are You Having Fire Conversations?

Posted by admin on Oct 9, 2019 5:55:00 AM

We talked with Matthew R. Kay, author of Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom about the meaning behind the title of his book. Here’s what he had to say.

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Topics: Classroom practice

How to Monitor Individual Learning in a Group Setting

Posted by admin on Oct 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Below is an excerpt from the new book, From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K–5 by Julie Coiro, Elizabeth Dobler, and Karen Pelekis.

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Topics: Classroom practice

Use Movement to Benefit Test-Taking

Posted by admin on Sep 13, 2019 4:30:16 PM

The following is an excerpt from Activate: Deeper Learning Through Movement, Talk, and Flexible Classrooms by Katherine Mills Hernandez on how to incorporate movement into your routine to benefit your students' test-taking.

One way to think about using movement to benefit testing is to consider when and where as opposed to what methods to use. We already know that rigorous cardiovascular movement wakes up the brain, so we need to strategize when and where to do it on testing days. We also know that the greatest benefits are achieved when movement happens before cognitive challenge.

If movement is going to happen before the test is administered, then students should be prepared to do some of this on their own, before arriving at school, since state tests usually begin at the start of the school day. There are also ways to build in brief movement sessions together, before the test begins. 

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Topics: Classroom practice