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Series: Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act – Part Four: Be Brave, Mess Up, But Do Something

EdCollab series-headerTo kick off our month-long webinar series for the new school year, Heinemann is featuring a ”Classroom Essentials for Right Now”  back to school blog series written by Heinemann author Christopher Lehman and his colleagues from The Educator Collaborative. Each blog offers practical, heartfelt advice on how to start the year off right. From being a thoughtful, reflective practitioner to creating a joyful community of learners, honoring student voice and choice. How do I choose the right books? How do I help my students become better writers? What do I do about grades? Join us starting this week as Chris and his colleagues share their “Classroom Essentials for Right Now.” In part three of Chris' series, he shares with us a tool for self-reflection created by The Education Collaborative. 

Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act

Part Four: Be Brave, Mess Up, But Do Something

Written by Christopher Lehman

In this series, “Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act,” we started with reminding ourselves of our mission (Part One); then, took on critical reflections about our classroom, practice, and beliefs (Part Two); then, I shared the Strong Classrooms Self-Assessment we developed at The Educator Collaborative to support your self-reflection work (Part Three). In this final post, let’s think about moving from reflection to taking action.

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Series: Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act – Part Three: A Tool to Rethink Reflection

EdCollab series-headerTo kick off our month-long webinar series for the new school year, Heinemann is featuring a ”Classroom Essentials for Right Now”  back to school blog series written by Heinemann author Christopher Lehman and his colleagues from The Educator Collaborative. Each blog offers practical, heartfelt advice on how to start the year off right. From being a thoughtful, reflective practitioner to creating a joyful community of learners, honoring student voice and choice. How do I choose the right books? How do I help my students become better writers? What do I do about grades? Join us starting this week as Chris and his colleagues share their “Classroom Essentials for Right Now.” In part three of Chris' series, he shares with us a tool for self-reflection created by The Education Collaborative. 

Series: Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act

Part Three: A Tool from The Educator Collaborative to Rethink Reflection

Written by Christopher Lehman

Critical self-reflection is important to ourselves and our students. It is a political act because it helps to shape, reshape, or deconstruct our beliefs and the ways we enact them. In education today, to be frank, critical self-reflection can also be a political act because it is often counter to the “teacher evaluation system” model of outsiders judging your performance.

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Series: Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act – Part Two: Challenging the World Outside

EdCollab series-headerTo kick off our month-long webinar series for the new school year, Heinemann is featuring a ”Classroom Essentials for Right Now”  back to school blog series written by Heinemann author Christopher Lehman and his colleagues from The Educator Collaborative. Each blog offers practical, heartfelt advice on how to start the year off right. From being a thoughtful, reflective practitioner to creating a joyful community of learners, honoring student voice and choice. How do I choose the right books? How do I help my students become better writers? What do I do about grades? Join us starting this week as Chris and his colleagues share their “Classroom Essentials for Right Now.” In part two of Chris' series, he reminds us our children are still calling to us.

Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act

Part Two: Challenging the World Outside

Written by Christopher Lehman

In Part One, we looked inward to reflect on our personal mission. In this post, we will look critically at our beliefs and actions. 

What I most want to remind you today, here near the start of the school year, is that our children not only called you to this profession, they are still calling you. In fact, they are calling you, calling all of us, more loudly than ever.

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Series: Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act – Part One: Reflecting on Our Mission

EdCollab series-headerTo kick off our month-long webinar series for the new school year, Heinemann is featuring a ”Classroom Essentials for Right Now”  back to school blog series written by Heinemann author Christopher Lehman and his colleagues from The Educator Collaborative. Each blog offers practical, heartfelt advice on how to start the year off right. From being a thoughtful, reflective practitioner to creating a joyful community of learners, honoring student voice and choice. How do I choose the right books? How do I help my students become better writers? What do I do about grades? Join us starting this week as Chris and his colleagues share their “Classroom Essentials for Right Now.” 

Educator Self-Reflection as a Political Act

Part One: Reflecting on Our Mission

Written by Christopher Lehman

We are so lucky to be educators.

There are so few professions that allow you to live inside of your full heart and full mind all at once. As Sonia Nieto writes in the first chapter of Why We Teach Now, “Teaching is doing: It takes reflection, planning nurturing, dreaming, scheduling, imagining, effecting, judging, succeeding, failing, improving, and then figuring it out all over again. …Teaching is not for the faint of heart”(2014, 9).

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Introducing the Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week!

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Welcome to a new series on the Heinemann blog! Every week we find five interesting links for you to take into your much deserved weekend. 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 the Two Writing Teachers blog, Betsy Hubbard reviewed Jen Serravallo's newest The Reading Strategies Book:

"The best way I can prepare you for this book is to get sticky notes and highlighters ready, because you will need them to mark up your favorite thoughts and ideas."

—Click through to read "THE READING STRATEGIES BOOK" review by Betsy Hubbard at Two Writing Teachers

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Allison Marchetti—coauthor with Rebekah O'Dell of the forthcoming Writing With Mentors from Heinemann—offered a lesson of empathy and elegiac poetry in her blog:

"Sometimes one of the best ways to comfort students who are feeling low is to honor their feelings of stress, sadness, and melancholy rather than try to distract them or encourage them to stay positive. A study of the elegy — a poem that expresses sorrow or lamentation — can be a way to honor students’ emotions and help them reflect on their feelings in a healthy way while studying some absolutely brilliant poetry."

—Click through to read "A WRITING WORKSHOP CURE FOR THE APRIL DOLDRUMS" by Allison Marchetti at Moving Writers

Rich Czyz of the 4 O'Clock Faculty blog interviewed Lisa Eickholdt, author of Learning From Classmates:

"Not only does using student mentor text encourage the student writer, it also lifts the level of engagement with writing for everyone else in the classroom. I believe this is because when we share great students’ writing, we are sharing text that is more developmentally appropriate than some of the adult models we use. Because the work is developmentally appropriate, it seems attainable to more students. This attainability builds enthusiasm."

—Click through to read "5 QUESTIONS WITH… LISA EICKHOLDT" by Rich Czyz at 4 O’Clock Faculty

Having published her first book with Heinemann this year, Kari Yates continued her prolific and motivating blog at Simply Inspired Teaching:

"Our kids come to us from literally all over the map with vastly different backgrounds, strengths, and past learning opportunities. Our classroom communities are more diverse than ever. Success hinges on our ability to view all students as capable and ready regardless of learning and language differences."

—Click through to read "EVERY STUDENT IS READY FOR THE NEXT STEP—IT JUST MAY NOT BE THE SAME STEP" by Kari Yates at Simply Inspired Teaching

Chartchum Kristi Mraz, coauthor of Smarter Charts, wrote about the challenge of fostering student agency for The Educator Collaborative:

"In teaching kindergarten, I learned that doing something for a child is like providing a stool to stand on, the child is able to reach their goal providing the stool is there."

—Click through to read "EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW (ABOUT TEACHING) I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN (WHILE TEACHING)" by Kristi Mraz at The Educator Collaborative

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Check back next week for more interesting links. Do you write a blog about your experiences in education? Leave a link in the comments below and we'll consider it for future round-ups. Have a great weekend!