The Stenhouse Blog

A Foundation for Developing the Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives of Children

Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2021 4:19:08 PM

"For us, schooling is not just about developing individual children’s intellectual and social abilities. It’s also about expanding their moral development and building stronger communities."

Ten years ago, Peter Johnston and six colleagues embarked on a journey to discover how to design a classroom culture that thrives intellectually while being both socially and emotionally healthy. Engaging Literate Minds: Developing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives is the culmination of their work and the stories of how their teaching has evolved by using Peter’s best-selling books Opening Minds and Choice Words.

The group collected their experiences and cast them into one voice to create this inspiring professional learning resource. Here is an excerpt from the book that gives readers a sense of the inspiration behind its creation and how it might encourage you and your colleagues to gather in a collective effort to make children’s (and your own) lives and futures brighter. Take a look!

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Topics: Literacy, Social Emotional Learning

What Folks Are Saying About: Shifting the Balance

Posted by admin on Feb 10, 2021 1:49:04 PM

“Burkins and Yates skillfully explore ‘balanced literacy’ and ‘the science of reading’ to find the sweet spots where they overlap, connect, and actually complement one another.” —Susie Rolander, Bank Street College

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Topics: Literacy, Reading

How to Choose a Worthy Text for Close Reading

Posted by admin on Jan 25, 2021 12:42:11 PM

Identifying a worthy text is often one of the biggest challenges to overcome when putting together a close-reading plan. Choosing a text that offers opportunities for multiple readings, as well as new, meaningful understandings can be difficult. So how do we know if a book or article will work for close reading?

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Topics: Literacy, Reading

What’s the Big Idea? Weaving Together Common Threads in a Literacy Workshop

Posted by admin on Dec 17, 2020 12:38:20 PM

The following is a guest blog post from Maria Walther and Karen Biggs-Tucker, authors of the new book, The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge.

When Maria and her first graders were immersed in the big idea of questioning, she read aloud the picture book, I Wonder (Holt, 2019). After enjoying this engaging book, she asked her learners, “Where do questions lead?” As you can see from her students’ responses on the chart, some smart thinking grew from this question.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Writing

What Folks Are Saying About . . . Layers of Learning

Posted by admin on Dec 4, 2020 11:31:09 AM

What if we viewed every read aloud as an invitation to learn more about literacy and ourselves?

Kwame Alexander wrote, “If JoEllen McCarthy were a chef, then Layers of Learning would be her cookbook. These carefully selected recipes for read-alouds are inventive and engaging.” This friendly, hands-on book today is full of over 200 picture-book suggestions and practical strategies for incorporating social-emotional learning into your instruction using those books you read aloud every day. “Come on in her kitchen, the results are delicious.”

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, SEL, Social Emotional Learning

PODCAST: Streamline Your Literacy Instruction with The Literacy Workshop

Posted by admin on Nov 6, 2020 6:15:06 AM

"They already understood that reading and writing go hand in hand, we just needed to give them space and permission to try it out."

Maria Walther and Karen Biggs-Tucker are breaking tradition with their new book, The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge. In this recent Teacher's Corner episode, they explain how they developed this idea, how it works in the classroom and remotely, and how their students responded.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Writing

Rethinking Reading at Home (One Thing You Might Try . . .)

Posted by admin on Oct 29, 2020 3:05:46 PM

In this piece, teacher and parent, Grace Choi, gives us some creative ideas on how to help kids enjoy and succeed in reading at home. This is the first installment in the new blog series brought to you from the editors at Stenhouse Publishers, One Thing You Might Try . . .  

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Free Resources, Virtual Teaching, One Thing You Might Try, Remote Learning

Literacy Resources for New Elementary Teachers

Posted by admin on Jul 29, 2020 4:26:45 PM

Being a new teacher entering into the first year of teaching is always going to have its challenges. But this year? We're willing to bet that some trusted guidance is necessary. So since we can't be right there with you, we wanted to offer a list of new-teacher essentials that we think might help to have on your shelf for when you need advice from the experts. And while these books weren't written specifically for online instruction, the ideas can be applied in any setting should you find yourself teaching from home this fall.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Grammar

Using conferences to support students learning English

Posted by admin on Mar 13, 2020 1:28:08 PM

Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser have both been teachers of students learning English. Some of these students had conversational English down and were learning to use academic language, some were apprehensive and needed more confidence to speak English even though they understood most of what was said, and some came to school with only a handful of words in English and would sit silently in class. No matter what stage of language acquisition students happened to be in, Gravity and Renée believed that they deserved to be fully included in the classroom culture, experiences, and learning. They view having a second or third language as a huge asset and one that could only help a child.

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Topics: Differentiation & ELLs, Literacy

New-Teacher Book Bag: Elementary Literacy

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2020 1:19:42 PM

Whether you’re headed into the classroom for the first time, or you’re finishing up your first year—you might find yourself looking for some trusted guidance from time to time. These Stenhouse authors have been where you are now, and since they can't be there in-person to answer your questions, they have done the next best thing and created these practical resources for you to reference when you need it.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Grammar