What a week! Have you been celebrating National Poetry Month? You should be. Here's a poem right now. Time for another Link Round-Up!
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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Kylene Beers wrote a new blog post on her web site. It's called "When Teachers Learn":
On April 4, high school teacher Jennifer Drury did what teachers do so well. She thought carefully and reflectively about some of her teaching practices regarding the teaching of literature she now doubted and as a result of her reflection, decided to make a change.
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Jess Lifshitz argued for honest conversations with students about confronting biases and stereotypes:
One of the hardest things that I have had to do in the past few years is to really reflect on my own biases. I had to look at the very ugly truth that I did carry beliefs about people based on their skin color or ethnicity or gender. I still do. Now, I am also actively working to acknowledge my own biases and then trying to dismantle them. But that does not come quickly. And none of that happens without honest, sometimes uncomfortable conversations.
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Kristi Mraz wrote a great preview of the forthcoming Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day:
What is purposeful play, you might ask? Is some play purposeful and some play, well, not? Wait does that mean there is good play and bad play? Is this book about that?????!?!?!?! Okay, well, no. We talked long and hard about this title and here is the big idea we hope to communicate with this title: ALL PLAY IS PURPOSEFUL even, brace yourself, the play that looks purposeless to us as adults. Because, it is not about us, it is about what play does for children and ALL play has a purpose for children. My husband, who plays in bands, spends hours strumming in a seemingly mindless way on his guitar. To the casual observer this may look purposeless, but in fact, it is the way he stumbles upon the riffs that then become songs, which is in fact, his job.
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Author Kari Yates asks us to slow down and celebrate:
It seems that whether we’re working to replace worn-out carpet or worn-out practices, it’s easy to get frustrated, frantic and a overwhelmed. But taking time to notice and celebrate even the smallest patch of a Yellow might make a world of difference.
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Allison Marchetti wrote about different approaches to flash-drafting, or "the antithesis of outlining." I like it already!:
Webs and outlines can be daunting. They require organization in addition to ideas. Many students have had bad experiences with outlines in the past — students who were required to use Roman numerals and letters and pay more attention to the format of the outline than the ideas themselves have most likely been turned off to outlining. And even though these students can be reintroduced to outlining and shown different, more laid-back ways of organizing their thinking on the page, flash drafting presents itself as a more student-friendly option.
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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!