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Breathing New Life into Book Clubs: A Foreword from Cornelius Minor

Managing classroom book clubs can be hard. Real hard. But honestly, is there any better way to get students vested in reading?  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 15, 2019 11:08:10 AM

How Curious George Showed Me I Wasn't Meeting the Needs of My Black Boys

I knew I had work to do within my classroom library to ensure black boys saw themselves not just in their race and gender in books but in their intersecting identities, meaning books that represented their race, gender, interests, and/or experiences.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 20, 2019 11:21:12 AM

The Reading Revolution: How One Community Fought for Book Access and Won

Over the years, the “library” space came to be used for professional development, math labs, anything but literacy programming, and collection development slowed down significantly.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 13, 2019 7:39:00 AM

On the Podcast: Modeling Conferences as Conversations with Katie Wood Ray, Jennifer Serravallo, and Carl Anderson

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, author and editor Katie Wood Ray interviews Carl Anderson and Jenifer Serravallo, who both recently published two conferring books in Heinemann’s Classroom Essentials Series.  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 28, 2019 2:41:47 PM

We Are What We Read: The Quest to Expand Our Identities as Readers

Heinemann fellow Julie Kwon Jee has this question: In what ways does a continuous exploration of identity via literature and personal reflection increase engagement and encourage students to become active participants in choosing the books they read both inside and outside their classrooms?  (continue reading)
Steph George Feb 6, 2019 7:53:00 AM

Making Conferring Manageable

When you confer, you tailor your instruction to each student’s strengths and needs. But you do so much more than that. Conferring is where the magic happens. It’s the heartbeat of the literacy block.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 22, 2019 4:26:52 PM

Recognizing the Bad Habits of Good Readers

While good readers are able to meet state reading standards and often achieve at the highest levels on standardized tests, they can be helped to become more thoughtful readers.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jan 8, 2019 7:40:00 AM

Crossing the Creative Desert

There is a better way than teaching to district assessments and high-stakes college entrance exams. Though we may have to teach a type of formulaic writing, we don’t have to abandon the work that truly matters to our students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 14, 2018 7:29:00 AM

The Power of Reading Responses

When students write Reading Responses about a text, they have something to say in class. It may be a minor point, or it may be a major point, but it is a concrete thought and it is tied to a specific part of the text.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 6:59:00 AM

Creating a Culture of Reading

Our aim should be to ensure that every minute is packed with thinking, reading, writing, lots of talk, and lots of books. To that end we need to reexamine the assumption that students can read only one book at a time.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 29, 2018 6:55:00 AM

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