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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of May 31–June 6


Welcome to the newest installment in our weekly link series on the Heinemann blog! Each week we find around five interesting links for you to take into the weekend. 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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At the blog Periods of Reflection, an elementary teacher answers, "Why Reading Aloud Matters."

Let me be blunt, contrary to popular belief, read aloud time is instructional time. A teacher can purposefully weave and scaffold many strategies and skills taught throughout the year. This takes systematic planning and focus on the teacher's part. Have a pacing guide? No worries. You can find a chapter book that aligns to standards being taught.

Click through to read "Why Reading Aloud Matters" in full.

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Author Teri Lesesne is a judge for Young People's Literature in this year's National Book Awards! See the full jury here.

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Gretchen Morgan, author of Innovative Educators, wrote for Getting Smart, asking, "Does your school have a culture of innovation?"

In a culture of innovation, the goal of the pilot is to learn, so the school system can improve. Instead of asking whether the student gains are worth the teacher burn out, the question is, "How could we achieve these student gains without burning out teachers?"

Click through to read "Does Your School Have a Culture of Innovation?" at Getting Smart.

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Alfie Kohn was in the Washington Post this week, explaining the K-W-L chart.

Why do I say that K-W-L, used properly, is actually radical? To begin with, it’s collaborative. Kids aren’t asked just to come up with questions and conclusions individually but to engage in a conversation with their peers that has the potential to deepen each child’s initial ideas.

Click through to read the full "Why a simple 30-year-old chart is an ingenious teaching tool today."

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At Mathematizing 4 All, Rachel Lambert wrote about equity in mathematics:

The mythology is that there are two kinds of kids: normal kids and special education kids and these two distinct kinds of kids need completely different pedagogies to learn. This myth pervades American classrooms, as well as research institutions. This myth both constructs and constantly reifies the deeply destructive separation between normal kids, who can learn and think as active agents, and non-normal kids, who are not allowed to think for themselves. This myth persists as long as we accept separate research, separate pedagogies and separate classrooms for kids.

Click through to read the first part of "Disability, Invisibility, and Equity in Mathematics."

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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. Cheers to your weekend!

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Topics: Education, Education Policy, Heinemann, Link Round-Up, National Book Awards, Read-Aloud, Teri Lesesne, Gretchen Morgan, Innovative Educators

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