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 the Booksource Banter blog, authors Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz wrote about the ecosystems of joyful growth and resilience in students:
We believe the first step towards creating a classroom ecosystem of joyful growth is acknowledging, first, that it is under our control to do just that. There is no “they” that can take away the joy and light you can create in your classroom. Though we all, Kristi and Christine included, can be overwhelmed by forces beyond our control, our classrooms do not have to reflect that. When we bring our adult concerns (Benchmarks! Data! Evaluation rankings!) into a child-centered space, we risk shifting the center of the universe to ourselves, when really and truly it lies with our children.
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The Atlantic argues for the use of podcasts and podcasting in class:
What I know now is that high-schoolers—at least my students—like reading and simultaneously listening to podcasts even more. Although many observers attribute the growth of podcasts to recent technological advancements in production and access, relatively little is said about the latest in voice transcription. Unlike the first season, Serial’s second season features almost perfectly accurate transcripts of each episode. I knew it would be a bonus to my lessons this year; I didn’t know it would be a game-changer. I turned off the lights, projected the words, and told them, “Here’s the script in case that helps anyone.” It apparently helped everyone. They all turned their heads, and some of them shifted their desks.
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On her math blog, Marilyn Burns walked through a lesson on fractions:
The fourth graders I’ve been working with had been studying fractions for about a week before I taught this lesson. They were using fraction pieces that they’d each cut for a beginning set of fractions—1 whole, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16. Magnetic versions of their fraction pieces were especially useful for this lesson.
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— Kristin Ziemke (@KristinZiemke) March 15, 2016
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