It's Friday and so here's another round of links for you to take into your weekend. May your Saturday be restful and your Sunday replete with chores and sports.
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 Teachers For Teachers, a glowing review of Amplify, available now:
While many of the apps they were describing were new to us, the pedagogy they were speaking was totally familiar. They were talking about scaffolding, guided practice, approximation and dare we say it…. formative assessment! They were singing our song! They showed so many ways for students to respond and learn in purposeful, authentic ways using digital tools. What they were describing felt playful – it allowed students to construct knowledge and understanding. It was about being messy in the pursuit of understanding.
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Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post profiled Emily Smith, who won this year's Donald Graves Excellence in the Teaching of Writing Award at NCTE:
Emily E. Smith is a fifth-grade social justice and English language arts teacher at Cunningham Elementary School in Austin, Tex. She was just awarded the 2015 Donald H. Graves Excellence in the Teaching of Writing award given at the National Teachers of English Language Arts Convention in Minneapolis. Smith created and founded The Hive Society, a classroom that inspires children to creatively explore literature through critical thinking and socially relevant texts.
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Reading Nonfiction was featured in review at Living the Workshop:
How many times have we said to students, “Nonfiction means not fake,” and believed we were giving a good definition of nonfiction? I know that was a go to phrase for me when I was still in the classroom. It made sense and was easy to remember. One of the first aha-moments for me in reading this book was examining what nonfiction really is. Beers and Probst explain the thinking about the definition and why the “not fake” definition is not sufficient. The expanded definition, “Nonfiction is that body of work in which the author purports to tell us about the real world, a real experience, a real person, an idea or a belief,” takes the emphasis off the text itself as being fact and puts the focus rightly on the author.
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Christopher Lehman took to his blog to work through current events, systems of privilege, and the intersection of both. It is an honest and vulnerable piece of writing, and so you may have already seen it, but we'd be remiss not to share it in this space:
What struck me more is that the edtech, turkey, and books, tweets were not from a mass of people I don’t know. Instead, faces of white educators I have eaten with and laughed with and talked about change with. I was taken back to my conversation over brunch. The danger of not being aware. Not listening. While some of us may have been opting out of the #LaquanMcDonald conversation, I suspect a great many more were not aware that the conversation was even going on.
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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 Gian-Reto Tarnutzer