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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

How to Choose a Text for Close Reading

Posted by admin on Dec 23, 2019 8:13:00 AM

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

Between Reading and Writing You'll Find Patterns of Power

Posted by admin on Dec 16, 2019 4:07:33 PM

Below is excerpted from the Introduction in Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language (2017) by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca. It’s a wonderful description—in the authors’ words—of what makes this authentic grammar and conventions instruction through the process of invitation so successful and how it’s used to bridge the gap left by current reading and writing curriculums.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading, Writing

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

Teacher's Corner Podcast with Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser

Posted by admin on Nov 11, 2019 2:44:22 PM

On this week's Teacher's Corner Podcast, we talk to educators, Gravity Goldberg and Renée Houser about how to use their newest resource to conduct one-on-one reading conferences with confidence.

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Topics: Literacy