Time for another link round-up! Put on your glasses, grab a cup of coffee, and let life's eternal mysteries provide the soundtrack to your reading. 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 is a sponsor of the NHPR podcast 10-Minute Writer's Workshop with host Virginia Prescott. This week's episode features Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls. They seem to get a lot of great writers on this podcast! I don't know how they do it! Check it out below.
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Here's a blog from Joe Schwartz, talking about the practice of “notice and wonder” as it’s used to aid problem solving in elementary math classrooms:
Is there a corner of the known math education world that doesn't know about noticing and wondering? Introduced by Annie Fetter, developed at The Math Forum, and popularized in Max Ray-Riek's book Powerful Problem Solving, this versatile prompt delivers tremendous value for minimal investment. I've seen it happening all over my school, and have been pleased with the results. But it's time to take it up a notch. Noticing and wondering is a means to an end, not an end in itself. It's a problem solving strategy.
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On EdWeek, Larry Ferlazzo asked, "Which is better for students — reading paper or reading digitally?" Authors Kristin Ziemke and Lester Laminack provided their thoughts. Here's Kristin:
We need to apply the same principles of volume, choice and explicit instruction to digital reading too. Just because our kids have grown up with devices doesn't mean they know how to use them. Digital reading is different than print reading and our minilessons on paper text don't always translate seamlessly to reading on a device. We must teach our students to navigate, interact and apply thinking strategies with text on screen. Then we need to observe, reflect and respond when understanding breaks down and reteach as necessary.
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The Nerdy Book Club covered DIY Literacy by Kate and Maggie Beattie Roberts:
When we started teaching reading, it was a bit like our journey into parenthood. Just like the difference between being a babysitter and a parent, teaching reading wasn’t a day-long school visit, where we would duck in, read a story, hi-five some kids, and leave. Teaching reading was the new path to parenthood-level teaching – day in and day out, working with the same kids, hoping to ignite a love for and strength in the written word. We had no idea what we were doing.
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Colleen Cruz was a guest blogger for the Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative:
I have long argued that teachers are first responders. Fire fighters and emergency room doctors are the first ones to help people when their lives or livelihoods are in danger. They sign up for their jobs knowing that their jobs exist because people need help. Teachers do the same. We sign up for our jobs because we know students need to learn things, and we want to be there to teach them. And we are very well aware that in many cases, our students’ lives and future livelihoods could very well hang in the balance of their education.
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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!
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