Today on The Heinemann Podcast, how can teachers improve their practice around LGBTQ needs in the classroom? It’s October 11th, National Coming Out Day. A day for those who identify as LGBTQ to be visible. A day to say you matter, you’re not alone. How can educators make their classrooms a safer place for LGBTQ students and why is it important for both LGBTQ teachers and students to see schools as a safe place? Heinemann author Kate Roberts and Heinemann Fellow Jess Lifshitz talk more about the importance for our classrooms to be safe places.
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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:
Micro-Progressions of skills
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.
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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