We asked the Heinemann authors who published a book in 2014 to provide a resolution for 2015. We hope these resolutions—or edulutions—spark a note of self-reflection while lifting you to continue your good, vital work into the new year. Over the next two weeks as we share our education resolutions, we’d love to read your edulutions. Share them with us or follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #Heinemann15. Cheers for a happy new year!
“Our education resolution (edulution? Can we make that thing?) for 2015 is to stay centered around the fact that we have little human beings in our charge. Benchmarks, standards, tests, all of those pale in comparison to the essential and simple beauty of working with children. No matter the pressures we feel, we will fortify and protect a safe and gentle haven for children to figure out who they are while fostering a community of curiosity, resilience flexibility, and above all, joy.”
—Kristine Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli, authors of Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies
“Can we all resolve to let children's existing strengths be our strongest guide for what to teach next? Instead of panicking about how much their current work doesn't look like the end-of-year standard or what will be on the next standardized test, can we promise to work toward expertise in knowing the children in front of us and to begin our teaching and learning journey by meeting them where they are?”
—Jennifer Serravallo, author of The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K-2