Welcome back. You were missed. Let's finish the first full week of 2016 with some links!
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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Wired Educator interviewed Kristin Ziemke, coauthor of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom:
Kristin's mantra came to her literally from a fortune cookie that read: "The best teacher is also a student." She has taught in both urban and suburban school districts including primary grades in Chicago. She engages students in authentic learning experience where reading, thinking and collaboration and inquiry are the very heart of the curriculum. Kristin pairs her best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.
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Author Meenoo Rami wrote for "Tchers' Voice" this week: 5 Tips To Stay Rejuvenated in 2016.
Look for support: Whether you find this source of support from a mentor across the hall or across the country, you need someone who is going to be your thinking partner, your cheerleader, and your sounding board. Do not go alone; there are many networks, organizations, and ways for you to connect with like-minded educators. Seek out a mentor and bring this person along on your journey.
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And Meenoo gave an interview about building professional learning communities:
I think any learning community worth being part of and investing time in is welcoming, respectful, and is grounded in work to make learning better for all students. Whether you're participating in an inquiry group in school, blogging with another teacher across the country, going to conferences, or lending your voice to the Teacher2Teacher movement, you have to tie your work to making learning an awesome experience for the kids in front of you.
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The Library of Congress named Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Yang is the writer and artist of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints. Over the summer, Gene wrote and drew an article for Heinemann's Digital Library: "Graphic Novels in the Classroom."
Mr. Yang, 42, the son of Chinese immigrants, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began drawing at 2, he said, and “I basically never stopped.” His gateway for comic books was Superman, which he began reading in fifth grade. Marvel’s Fantastic Four and Spider-Man soon followed. He started creating his own comics. “I was always interested in telling stories through drawings,” he recalled.
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Applications are now 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.
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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 Matt Jones