Tag Archives: DIY Literacy

Developing Teaching Tools for the Classroom

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In their book, DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence, Kate Roberts, and Maggie Beattie Roberts focus on four main types of tools that teachers can create to support student learning in their classroom:

  • Teaching Charts

  • Demonstration Notebooks

  • Micro-Progressions of skills

  • Bookmarks

They go on to show readers how and why to create these tools, how to select the right tools for students, and introduce us to the thinking behind effective tool use. Drawing on inspiration from fellow tool-makers Marjorie Martinelli, Kristi Mraz, Roz Linder and many more, Kate and Maggie lead the charge on the DIY classroom front, showing us not only the why and the how, but giving us the confidence to use the skills we have to do it ourselves. 

In this video, Kate and Maggie talk about the four main types of teacher created tools that appear in the book and give us a glimpse into their thinking behind each.

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Facing “Impossible” Moments With DIY Literacy

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Adapted From DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence.

by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts

"In our teaching, we have faced impossible moments, those times when our inner teacher voice says, "it can't be done!" Maybe it was that kid we couldn't seem to reach—the one for whom we had tried everything we knew on our own to help but had yet to turn the corner. Or maybe it was a moment after a unit when, even though the unit seemed to go okay, we were depleted and unable to muster great energy for the next unit beginning the following day. "There has to be something to make this easier," we thought."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4th Annual Heinemann Teacher Tour (Video and Tweets)

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On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Heinemann welcomed 80 teachers to Portsmouth, NH for our 4th Annual Heinemann Teacher Tour. The event featured four 40-minute sessions with authors Donalyn Miller, Teri Lesesne, Kate Roberts, Kristi Mraz, Christine Hertz, Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul. Below, you can watch the Facebook Live videos of each session and the collection of live tweeting. We've also included the Instagram moments and Slide Share from Donalyn and Teri's session on diverse books.

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DIY Literacy: Happy, Playful Engagement

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DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence is the new book from Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, and it's out now.

You should allow yourself to be playful in building teaching tools for your classrooms. If your students see playful levity to your teaching, that invites them in to be engaged in learning. In this video, Kate and Maggie talk about the different ways teachers can bring an inviting happiness to classroom engagement.

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DIY Literacy: Kid Friendly Language

DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence is the new book from Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, and it's out now.

When you're building a teaching tool for students, you need to use accessible language. Otherwise you'll lose the attention of your kids. In this video, Kate and Maggie offer advice on kid friendly language.

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for June 12–18

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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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