Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for August 28–September 3

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These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Vicki Vinton wrote about developing a deeper vision of realistic fiction:

My partner David and I first noticed the sculpture from behind as it was being installed, and it took me a while to realize that the word we were trying to read backward was understanding—and that the workers on the ladders and cranes were literally constructing understanding, which, once I figured that out, delighted me no end. You see, I believe that deep, lasting learning best happens when learners are actively involved in the construction of understanding and knowledge, versus receiving, memorizing—or as Jeff Wilhem says in Engaging Readers & Writers with Inquiry, consuming—information.

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Tricia Ebarvia writes "never a day without a line," a classic mantra of writers everywhere. In a new blog post, she explains:

We know that writing is so much more than a transaction between teacher and student. Writing allows us to make meaning for ourselves and others. Writing has the power, truly, to change the world. Anyone who has read Letter from a Birmingham Jail or the Gettysburg Address or more recently, Ta-Nahesi Coate’s Between the World and Me knows this fact.

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EdWeek interviewed Barbara Marinak and Linda Gambrell about their new book No More Reading For Junk: Best Practices For Motivating Readers:

We believe in the library values Benjamin Franklin envisioned in 1727: access, diversity, and the public good. Imagine how you would feel if someone tapped you on the shoulder in the library and said, "Sorry, I don't think you will understand that book" or, "No, you are not allowed to borrow from the section." A way to achieve this is to afford your children the same freedom and privileges you expect in a library. Allow independent reading time to be truly independent.

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Don't forget about our presence on Medium.com! This week:

How Student-Centered Is Your Classroom?

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. You can also email them to us or tweet at us. We're pretty available over here. Cheers to your weekend!

 


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