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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Two Writing Teachers provided some tips for summer storytelling:
You need not be sitting at a computer, or a typewriter, or even at a desk to be developing your storytelling skills. Telling stories aloud is a great way to develop as a writer and storyteller. Whether you tell stories with the children in your life, or share stories with other adults, these tips will get you started and keep you going all summer long.
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The Washington Post featured Katie Charner-Laird and her removal of useless homework:
In my experiences as both principal and teacher, parents often voice two significant complaints: homework either took too long, or not long enough; AND parents didn’t understand the homework, so they couldn’t help their child. These issues have been addressed in our new approach to homework. All homework is now open-ended enough to avoid these common complaints.
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Steve Zemelman looks ahead to Fall with six ways to help students identify issues for civic action:
Once the school year ends and a bit of rest intervenes, teachers begin thinking about next year. Those who want students to explore social issues often begin planning elaborate problem-based study projects. Such efforts can be outstanding. However, it’s especially powerful for young people to take the initiative themselves to identify the topic they will investigate. And they’re more than capable of doing it — along with your balanced support.
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Jaclyn Karabinas continues her writing on Heinemann's Medium page with "The Day Authentic Learning Came To My Classroom."
Children are capable of doing much more complex work than we often provide in our classrooms. As a result, we oversimplify, with the intention of preventing students from becoming overwhelmed. Yet, Angela Maiers, renowned education speaker and consultant once said, “We don’t under-educate children. We underestimate them.” Our students are not only capable of doing complex work, they crave it. Kids want what we grownups want: to spend their days engaged in work that really matters to them and to their communities.
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In case you missed it, we live-blogged from the ninth annual Boothbay Literacy Retreat. More here:
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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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