Welcome to this week's link round-up. It is the final week of July, and a cool weather system is moving south from Canada. By now, back-to-school ads have hit your airwaves, and your students—called "campers" during these off-months—have just remembered their summer reading assignments.
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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At the blog A Teaching Life, Tara Smith posted some takeaways from Colleen Cruz's The Unstoppable Writing Teacher:
That act of believing is one of those deliberate teacher stances that is vital to our kids, but something we really have to will ourselves to do. The act of truly believing in the author’s intent allows us to prod her into something more than just another story about a roller coaster ride. This is something to remember and live by every teaching day.
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Jennifer Serravallo wrote a guest post for MiddleWeb called "Expanding Our Approach to Reading Strategies."
To me, a strategy is never a single word or phrase—it’s a series of actionable steps, a process to help readers tackle a skill that is not yet automatic for them. I also think strategies expand beyond comprehension into other areas of reading such as decoding, reading with fluency, developing stamina and engagement, writing about reading, and conversing about texts.
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Penny Kittle was a guest on Brian Sztabnik's Talks With Teachers podcast. In the episode, Penny discusses Donald Graves, the Book Love Foundation, and the most effective minilessons.
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On the New York Times's Opinionator blog, David Bornstein wrote a piece that mentions Teachers College at Columbia University. In "Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives," Bornstein writes,
This isn’t a new insight. In a national survey, more than 90 percent of schoolteachers said it was important for schools to promote the development of students’ social and emotional skills (sometimes called 21st century skills, noncognitive skills, or character education). But many struggle to integrate this kind of teaching in their classrooms.
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We leave you with this Key & Peele sketch you've no doubt seen cascading down your newsfeeds this week. The two comedians imagine a world in which the cultures of athletes and teachers have switched, framed as a SportsCenter segment:
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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!