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 Teaching/Math/Culture, Ilana Horn wrote about facilitating meaningful math learning:
Every math teacher, at one one time or another, has been asked the question, “When are we going to use this?” While this question often gets cast as students’ resistance to learning, it can be productively reinterpreted as a plea for meaningfulness. When the hidden curriculum of math class –– the messages that are inadvertently relayed through classroom organization and activity –– consistently communicates that meaning does not matter, we end up with hordes of students who no longer reason when they are doing math. They instead focus on rituals, such as following the worked example, and cues, such as applying the last learned procedure to the current problem.
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At Two Writing Teachers, a review and giveaway of DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts:
After reading DIY Literacy, I felt like I had been given a superhero cape. I felt armed and ready to teach writing. I knew I could use my newly created demonstration notebook or a micro-progression or a chart to help me teach my students. Really, I felt empowered.
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Allison Marchetti wrote about creating a nature essay study at her blog:
Enter Nature Essay Study, a collaborative effort with my colleague Ned. Unlike the children’s literature collaboration I blogged about earlier this month in which my 8th graders worked with 11th grade artists, this was a collaboration between teachers — an opportunity for my science colleague and I to work together. Because Ned and I both teach the same class of 8th graders, the logistics were simple. We met a few times during common planning periods to study mentor texts, plan lessons, create the rubric, and eventually grade the essays together! We also planned a double-period field trip with our students at the river.
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Carol Jago received the CEL Exemplary Leadership Award. Congrats! From the official site:
Each year the Conference on English Leadership identifies one individual who has made truly exceptional contributions to literacy leadership across his/her career. After reviewing many highly deserving individuals, the CEL selected Carol Jago as the recipient of the CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leadership Award. Carol is the editor of CATE’s own California English journal. We are honored to have her as part of the CATE family. Please join us in congratulating Carol for this prestigious award.
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