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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Larry Ferlazzo's Classroom Q&A series continues with the question, "What are the best ways to start a new school year?"
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The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters degree to Nancie Atwell last week.
The president also conferred honorary Doctor of Letters degrees upon Louis M. Bernieri MA ’80 and Nancie Atwell, who attended Bread Loaf from 1979-82. Bernieri, an English teacher at Phillips Andover Academy, is the founder of the Andover Bread Loaf partnership created in 1987 to promote literacy and educational revitalization inside and outside the classroom. Andover Bread Loaf has earned acclaim for its work in the Lawrence, Mass., public schools and at international locations from Kenya to Pakistan. Atwell, the author of the classic text “In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning About Writing, Reading, and Adolescents” (Heinemann, 2014), received the first Global Teacher Prize from the Varkey Foundation and has been recognized as the Poetry Teacher of the Year by the Library of Congress.
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Kate Flowers, member of the second cohort of Heinemann Fellows, wrote about supporting transgender students:
Together, this group worked to gain a better understanding of how we can support our transgender students, who are at highest risk of suicide of their peers. The driving question: How can we make our school and our classrooms safe and healthy places for our transgender students?
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Ilana Horn wrote about negotiating classroom treaties on her blog:
Many classrooms are governed by tacitly negotiated treaties. That is, students trade in their compliance and cooperation –– student behaviors that alleviate the challenges of crowded classrooms –– for minimal demands for engagement by the teacher. When I have worked with teachers trying out open-ended tasks for the first time, I will often hear about “pushback” or “resistance” from the students: “I tried using this activity but the kids balked. They complained the whole time and refused to engage.”
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And Max Ray-Riek took the lead on the #LessonClose hashtag, meant to share resources regarding the closing of a lesson.
Timing: How long do your closes take? How do you make time for them? What do you do when you need a short closer? A longer one? What lessons need longer closers? Could a whole lesson be the close from a previous series of lessons?…
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