Welcome to this week's link round-up. August is here now, and the sun sets earlier than it did yesterday. Retail footwear outlets have sent out their direct mailers, advertising back-to-school discounts. The slow braking of the summer began last weekend, and we won't know its full-stop until one of you eats the last spoonful of potato salad at a Labor Day cookout. Here are some links!
Each week we find around five interesting reads 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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Author Frank Serafini wrote about building a classroom library over on his blog:
Of course, there are some books that I keep “hidden away” for surprises during the year, but for the most part all of my books are available to my students from the beginning of the school year. I do keep some extremely valuable books and some autographed copies of certain titles on a special shelf near my desk, but these are also available for students to read. They simply have to ask. I want students to feel free to select any books in the classroom, while at the same time teaching them to assume responsibility for caring for the classroom book collection.
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At Eduedo Magazine, Dave Madden reviewed The Unstoppable Writing Teacher by Colleen Cruz:
As an elementary teacher, I wonder how often others expect us to be obnoxiously happy, running around with smiles plastered to our faces and constantly expressing: how cutes and how sweets. Teachers would rally in agreement: not all teachers are like that. We may not all be cut from the same cloth, but I definitely sense a “stink-eye” from others if my plastered smile evolves into a more serious tone. I was jealous of all those who shared a workspace with Cruz because I closely related to her pessimistic vantage; I imagined collaborative meetings improving exponentially with another like-minded person to dispense that other view.
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At the Facing Today blog for Facing History, Doc Miller discussed eight components of a reflective classroom:
In a reflective classroom community, students work together in an engaging study of our past, and of our world today. Knowledge is constructed, not passively absorbed. And students, with both hearts and minds mobilized, are seen as subjects actively engaged in a community of learners. A trusting classroom atmosphere like this creates the space for deep, democratic learning.
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Teacher Learning Sessions is a newly launched podcast network featuring authors Penny Kittle and Jennifer Serravallo. You can listen to the first episode of "Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle" right here.
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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!