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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

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

Bridge Reading and Writing Through Authentic Grammar Instruction

Posted by admin on Nov 15, 2019 2:39:04 PM

By now, your reading and writing workshops are up and running. But are you noticing  there's something missing in your instruction that would bridge the two together? Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca noticed that in their own instruction and they figured out a way to close the gap!  

In this video, hear from Jeff and Whitney about how taking just 5 minutes from reading workshop and 5 minutes from writing workshop each day, you can use their process known as the Invitational Process, or Patterns of Power Process, to strengthen your students’ comprehension and composition skills. Find out why this process works and how you can use it to create a space where students notice the beauty and meaning of writer’s craft in the texts they read and in the world around them.

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Topics: Reading, Writing, Video

How the Brain Makes Sense of Words as It Learns to Read

Posted by admin on Oct 21, 2019 2:45:32 PM

In a traditional primary classroom, spelling errors were looked upon as mistakes to be corrected. But to spelling expert Richard Gentry and reading researcher Gene Ouellette, the ways young students invent spelling of words provides key insights into their brain circuitry and their development as readers.

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Topics: Reading

Teacher's Corner Podcast: Trevor Bryan Read Aloud

Posted by admin on Oct 16, 2019 11:24:34 AM

In this installment of the Teacher's Corner Podcast, we hear educator Trevor Bryan, read from his popular book, The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence. Listen in to learn more about this exciting book and how it can help you get your students talking about their thinking through discussions about art, which they can carry over into discussions about text.

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Topics: Podcasts, Reading, Teachers Corner