Welcome back to the Link Round-Up. It's the last week of January, which is traditionally the week I can finally get some time at the gym's elliptical.
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 Two Writing Teachers, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski asks, "Should educators be writers?" (Yes. An emphatic yes.)
In an interview with Scholastic, Donald Graves was asked, "If you had to choose one thing teachers should do when teaching writing, what would it be?" He answered, “Write yourself. Invite children to do something you’re already doing. If you’re not doing it, Hey, the kids say, I can’t wait to grow up and not have to write, like you. They know."
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The Chartchums reviewed Amplify by Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris:
Too often technology in education becomes about the tool or the app. One gets a sense that if you don’t have 1:1 iPads for your classroom, you probably should just burn it to the ground. Amplify pushes back against that idea, saying, “We focus on the overall goal of teaching kids how to think and then later in purposeful tools along the way.” This idea, that technology is a purposeful layer added to kids thinking, immediately separates Amplify from other writings we have read about using technology. It is not about iPads as the new worksheets, or word processing as the new writing workshop—it is about deepening and enriching thinking through the use of everyday technology.
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Sonja Cherry-Paul wrote about great books featuring diverse characters:
We know the important work of diversifying our classroom libraries and curriculum must extend beyond one day of the year. Therefore, to help raise awareness about wonderful books that are reflective of our diverse world, below are twenty must read titles. These books are terrific additions to classroom libraries featuring diverse characters, many of which are written and illustrated by diverse authors.
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At 4 O'Clock Faculty, the first part of a discussion on creativity:
Jay Billy: Often our students come to us in kindergarten and we sap them of their creative juices by putting them in a box, sitting them at desks and in rows and expecting certain behaviors. Schools must continue to look at play as learning and cultivate creativity by giving the classrooms back to the students. By encouraging imagination and supporting student driven lessons and classrooms, we can continue to allow students to keep their creative juices flowing.
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Applications remain open for the new class of Heinemann Fellows. Become a part of a small group of educators who exhibit exceptional promise for concentrated, enhanced pedagogy. This talented fellowship of individuals will pursue the shared goal of advancing the teaching profession. Application deadline is February 15, 2016 (11:59 P.M. eastern time)
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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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