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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On their blog, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts introduced their newest book with us: DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence.
DIY Literacy is written to be your loudest cheerleader and helpful tour guide as you embrace your inner Pinterest to create (and use) tools your kids need to become more independent and engaged learners. When we work with our students, we often sense that they could do a little more, reach a little higher, push themselves a little harder if they only had some help. It is in these moments we crave the right tool, chart or visual for our kids.
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Sonja Cherry-Paul shared her plans to create a love of nonfiction this year:
This year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the ways preparation for state testing, and the state test themselves, can rob students from learning to love nonfiction. I feel such sadness for teachers who are forced by administration to present nonfiction as dry, lifeless work that is simply a pathway to answering questions on a test. But mostly, I’m sad for students forced to endure this torture, each day, as many schools believe that nonfiction must dominate reading experiences in the classroom and high interest nonfiction books are rarities.
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NCTE Vice President and Heinemann author Jocelyn Chadwick wrote for the official NCTE blog about the organization's legacy of pride:
Throughout the year I’ll be sharing highlights from this history, beginning this month with the critical role played by African American teachers who have served and strengthened the organization for generations. They have helped to enrich and improve the lives of students of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. NCTE’s growth has also benefited from the dynamic leadership of a group of inspired African American presidents whose work has helped to broaden the scope of the organization’s mission.
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At Math Minds, Kristin Gray walked through a discussion of rhombus vs. diamond:
After great discussions around number of sides, rotations, decomposition and orientation, they finally got to the naming piece. Honestly, I was surprised names didn’t come up as one of the first things. It started with a student saying the square didn’t belong because it is the only one that doesn’t look like a diamond. The next student said the lower left was the only one “that didn’t have a name.”
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At "Secondary School Literacy," Rebecca Marsick, fresh from the Sante Fe multi-day inquiry institute, wrote about the student research paper and how it might change:
After returning from Santa Fe, my fellow literacy coach, Barb, and I talked about how important inquiry is in the research process. This led us to think more about the requirement our school has for all students to complete a research paper in their sophomore year. Sometimes seen as an arduous task for both students and teachers, this should really be the essence of a powerful inquiry project! Therefore, we asked to lead some PD to see how we could best help teachers in bringing the research paper into the 21st century.
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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 MONDAY 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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