Welcome to the Heinemann Link Round-Up. School is open again! The students have returned. You stand now at the foothills of Possibility. You should blog about it.
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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"What's the deal with willpower?" asks Kristi Mraz.
Most children are required to have 1,000,000 times the willpower of adults* (*rounded to nearest million). We think we have it hard? Think about how hard your hardest day is, and for some kids, that is school every day. We need to stop making school work for our adult agendas, and transform it to reflect and support children’s needs.
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Erika Crowl wrote about The Reading Strategies Book on her blog:
The Reading Strategies Book will help support focused, differentiated instruction on the individual, small group, or whole-class level in a variety of literacy frameworks including the Daily 5, guided reading, and literacy centers. It’s a must for a teacher’s bookshelf…or desk as you will likely refer to it so often. Serravallo suggests using it “like a big cookbook, each day planning a several course meal."
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At Two Writing Teachers, a post on "Why We Gather."
Whole class teaching, by definition, will not be tailored to every individual in the class, but it will serve many important purposes: it will bring your community of writers together, to be “on about” something as a group, to be involved in the same genre, or process, or overall study at the same time, together. The meeting area is the place where the class has conversations, learns to listen to one another and respect each other’s perspectives. They learn to consider each other’s work, and to problem solve together at the meeting area.
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Gravity Goldberg created a resource for literacy discussion presentations.
We anticipate this being a timely topic to begin the year with. If you have a particular topic in mind that you would like us to create a faculty meeting presentation around, please let us know in the comments and we will try our best to help.
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Dana Johansen guest-blogged for Lesley University this week, writing about how to create a digital workshop.
Does a digital workshop mean that all my assignments are online? No. It’s a balance. My students have spiral reading notebooks and digital reading notebooks. They have a three-ring binder and an online folder. There is a harmonic balance of blending everything I hold dear (real books, fresh new chart paper, spiral notebooks and pencils) with technology that supports learning (Google Docs, KidsBlog, and Twitter).
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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!
*Photo by Ashes Sitoula