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Steph George

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Marilyn Pryle Named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year!

We are happy to share that on Monday, December 10, Heinemann author Marilyn Pryle was named Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year in recognition of her innovative teaching and dedication to her students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 14, 2018 11:19:00 AM

Crossing the Creative Desert

There is a better way than teaching to district assessments and high-stakes college entrance exams. Though we may have to teach a type of formulaic writing, we don’t have to abandon the work that truly matters to our students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 14, 2018 7:29:00 AM

Turn & Talk with Ellin Keene, Sara Ahmed, and Linda Rief

In this third Turn and Talk discussion, Ellin is joined by Linda Rief (The Quickwrite Handbook) and Sara Ahmed (Being the Change) as they share their stories of their teaching journeys, teacher autonomy, and student inquiry.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 12:27:54 PM

The Power of Reading Responses

When students write Reading Responses about a text, they have something to say in class. It may be a minor point, or it may be a major point, but it is a concrete thought and it is tied to a specific part of the text.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 6:59:00 AM

Assignments as a Window on Our Work

In The Six Academic Writing Assignments, author Jim Burke aims to help better understand that nature of the academic writing assignments we give our students through the examination of these six different types of assignments we already give in one form or another.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 4, 2018 6:58:00 AM

Conferring to Receive and Give Feedback

Feedback is key to student learning. Since writing conferences are conversations between students and teachers, they provide opportunities for two types of feedback: student to teacher, and teacher to student.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 3, 2018 6:40:00 AM

Planning for Meaningful Work Time

We call it 'workshop' for a reason; the learning time is about the work children do. Children need to make connections from one day's learning to the next; it's the story of their meaningful work and the how, what, and why of their learning.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 30, 2018 7:14:00 AM

Creating Instructional English Units

In Teaching English By Design, Peter Smagorinsky outlines a way to plan a conceptual unit of instruction: a period of classroom time that you devote to a particular topic.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 29, 2018 7:34:00 AM

On the Podcast: We Got This Read Aloud with Cornelius Minor Part 1

In a special read-aloud edition of the Heinemann podcast, Cornelius Minor reads from the introduction of his new book; We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 29, 2018 4:08:00 AM

How Games Help Build Numerical Fluency

Whether before school, embedded in the school day, after school, or at home, games offer engaging, active learning, and meaningful math practice. Here are some quick tips for successfully implementing math games!  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 28, 2018 6:38:00 AM

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