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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Heinemann authors Frank Serafini, Kristin Ziemke, and Katie Muhtaris are featured in Larry Ferlazzo's "Classroom Q&A" series on EdWeek. The question: "How can we teachers use digital portfolios to help students show what they know and show us how they've used what they learned?"
If we want students to value the process of reflecting on learning and applying that learning then we must make space for it in our classroom. We need to set aside time to model and practice the process, engage in long term reflection, follow-up on goals, and ultimately, celebrate! Students should feel the joy of accomplishment and have that joy honored by their community. In this way, all students are empowered to accept that they can become the learner they want to be.
—Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke
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Max Ray asks, "Anyone want to do some research on problem solving?"
There seem to be several conversations among math teacher bloggers and Tweeters about if and how they use “non-routine problems,” the role of asking vs. telling, whether it’s okay to give students hints or not, that often come down to a belief that sounds sort of like this: The best teachers say the least.
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Author Lisa Eickholdt talked about unlikely mentors at Two Writing Teachers.
One of my favorite things is to watch a student’s reaction when I ask if I can use their writing in a lesson. The kid immediately sits up straighter, smiles, and generally looks more confident. I think every child deserves to experience this. To feel like they are good at something, so good they have been asked to mentor others. And I want every teacher to have the pleasure of watching their kids have that amazing reaction.
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Heinemann author Jocelyn Chadwick is the next NCTE Vice President.
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At Leading Great Learning, Mike Anderson wrote about "Personalized Learning through Student-Led Research" and offered tips to help students with a research project.
Help Students Choose: Make sure to help students find topics that are personally relevant, within their cognitive reach, and that fit within the scope of the theme or standards you’re teaching. Consider having students choose three possible topics and then coach them to the best fit of the three.
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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!