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Plumbing The Depths of Engagement: Two Heinemann Fellows on Ellin Keene's New Book

Ahead of the publication of Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning, Heinemann Fellows Aeriale Johnson and Jess Lifshitz read and reacted to Ellin’s soon-to-arrive book.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet May 16, 2018 5:44:36 PM

Why I Teach Math

Math is useful, but that’s not why I teach it. I don't endure the things that teachers have to endure just because I want my students to quickly calculate a 10 percent sales tax.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 9, 2018 6:46:00 AM

Helping Students Write with Reflection

I’ve been asking myself, “How can I create writing curriculum that is accessible to all learners, one in which they are truly motivated to uncover new stories they are driven to share?” I want my students to grow their ideas about different perspectives in the world and discover insight into their own identities.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 2, 2018 5:23:00 AM

PLC Series: Why We Must Write

This month, we consider ways to use writing to push our professional thinking deeper as we reflect, synthesize, and prepare for next year.  (continue reading)
Jaclyn Karabinas May 1, 2018 11:34:02 AM

Looking Forward to The Third Cohort of Heinemann Fellows

Today, Heinemann is pleased to announce a new cohort of Fellows, the 2018–2020 class, selected from over 400 applicants. They are:  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Apr 30, 2018 2:03:50 PM

Using Metacognition to Spark Revision

My theory as a writing teacher this past year was this: getting my students to reflect on and talk about the revisions they were trying—to ask them to “get a little ‘meta’”—would help foster these identities and build a culture of revision in my classroom.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 25, 2018 6:18:00 AM

Building a Writer's Toolbox: Laying the Groundwork for Revision

Your first draft is like a dark room and our questions can show you the parts we’re curious to know more about—the places to shine your flashlight. It’s your choice as a writer which questions tug at your pen the most, but choose one or two, and cast your beam in those dark corners.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 18, 2018 7:03:00 AM

Battling The Blahs Part 3: When Silence is Serious

If you, like me, suffer from bouts of the Blahs, I encourage you to develop your own plan too. To take care of our students, to do our part in ensuring Leticia and other young people like her don’t fall into the Abyss, we must first stay clear of it ourselves.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 11, 2018 6:14:00 AM

Battling The Blahs Part 2: Helping Students Manage Stress and Stagnation

Last fall, I wrote about the Blahs, a predictable time of year when I struggle with energy, motivation, and self-doubt. A friend pointed out that our students battle their own Blahs as well.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 3, 2018 6:05:00 AM

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