Tag Archives: This I Believe

When Kids Can’t Read: 7 Underlying Beliefs

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In When Kids Can't Read, Kylene Beers offers teachers the comprehensive handbook they've needed to help readers improve their skills. On Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET, Kylene will host a Facebook Live Q&A on this book. The details are at the bottom of this post.

Below, read an excerpt of When Kids Can't Read, detailing Kylene's beliefs about teaching reading to struggling readers.

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The Heinemann Fellows: Lisa Birno On Changing Deficit Language

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Lisa Birno is a Heinemann Fellow with the 2014–2016 class, and has been an educator for 27 years. In this post, Lisa reflects on her time in the Heinemann Fellowship and how labels for students can convey a belief system, helpful or otherwise.

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of September 13–19

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Welcome to the Heinemann Link Round-Up. Like apples from a tree, these links are ready to be picked and baked into a crisp. Enjoy them!

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 MiddleWeb, Glenda Moyer reviewed the second edition Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning by Pauline Gibbons.

Eavesdropping on second graders in science class, we hear students doing experiments in small groups, preparing to present their results to classmates. Gibbons notes how the teacher “leads from behind,” asking questions to encourage generalizations, giving students more time to think, recasting student responses, modeling alternative forms of appropriate language that facilitates writing in the last stage. Explicitly teaching vocabulary, she modifies her sentences to include literate talk, which can serve as a “bridge” to more formal wording that is appropriate for writing later.

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Rebekah O'Dell and Allison Marchetti, coauthors of Writing With Mentors, will participate in the #ELAchat Twitter chat on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

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On her blog To Make A Prairie, author Vicki Vinton wrote about beliefs, books, and being true to yourself.

To begin that work, we collaboratively created a Statement of Beliefs, a document that captures a baker’s dozen of tenets that reflect the group’s jointly held beliefs about how children best learn and how, therefore, teachers and schools need to approach teaching. For each of these thirteen beliefs we provided a more in-depth explanation as well as a description of practices we currently see in many schools that reflect a very different—and we think problematic—set of beliefs. Then with the help of Heinemann, we invited educators and thinkers from across the field to write essays that would in someway connect to one or more of these beliefs.

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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 Elizabeth Lies