Category Archives: Kindergarten

Walking the Beach Like a Scientist

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Written by Valerie Bang-Jensen, and Mark Lubkowitz, authors of Sharing Books, Talking Science

Sand castles in all their summer glory whisper the cross cutting concepts. 

A beach walk this week provided Valerie with a perfect opportunity to take a look at sand castles through the framework of the crosscutting concepts. Read on to see how she’s vacationing like a scientist!

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Take The Heinemann Teacher Tour From Home!

20232849_10154703637846892_8382909063338438088_oOn Saturday, July 29th, Heinemann celebrated its fifth annual teacher tour.  Each year we invite teachers from all over to join us at our home office to learn from our authors, share in thinking and learning together, and tour the historic mill building that we call home. This year, we were pleased to host authors Ralph Fletcher, Grace Kelemanik, Valerie Bang-Jansen, Mark Lubkowitz, and Cornelius Minor. Each author led a forty minute PD workshop session for the tour participants. 

Were you unable to make it to this year's teacher tour? Fear not! We recorded each session LIVE for Facebook, and you can watch all of the videos below, along with the day's tweets and some presenter materials. 

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Online Discount for The Heinemann Teacher Tour Now Through August 5th!

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Gear up for the year ahead!

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During The Heinemann Teacher Tour and through Saturday, August 5th, enjoy a 30% discount off list price of all professional books. Even if you can't be at The Teacher Tour, you can still use the discount!

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Coupon Code: TOUR17

Discount: 30% off original list price

*RESTRICTIONS APPLY: 30% off the list price. Online orders only. Discount limited to Professional Books only. Does not include LLI, Benchmark, Classroom Libraries, Units of Study, Toolkit, or other Curricular Resources. Limited to stock on hand. Does not apply to eBooks, preorders, or bundles. Orders must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, August 5th, 2017

 

Setting up Strong Reading and Writing Partnerships at the Beginning of a New School Year

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by Anna Gratz Cockerille​

In most reading and writing units, students work in partnerships to support and extend their work. Over time, even very young students can learn to turn to a partner as the first line of defense when trouble arises. When they encounter a tricky word in their reading, for example, they can ask a partner for help rather than running to a teacher. Or, when they aren’t sure what to write about, they can ask a partner to spend a couple of minutes brainstorming. As Lucy Calkins writes in A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Primary Grades, “Partner time is designed to give young readers a second wind, renewing their energy to continue on” (p. 52). The same is true for young writers, too. With a bit of extra instruction and time, partners can learn to act as confidantes, sounding boards, and cheerleaders for each other, spurring each other on to do their best work. 

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10 Lessons Teachers Taught Me About Good to Great Teaching

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With each tick of the instructional clock, we can lift students to great heights of learning or hold them cognitive hostages in an instructional dead end. Great work doesn’t happen by chance. It’s a conscious choice we make using a new mind-set that forever alters our thinking. — From Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work That Matters, pg. 96

In August 2012, Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work That Matters was published (Heinemann). As my fifth anniversary approaches, I am reminded of the impact this experience had on me personally and professionally. Bringing Good to Great Teaching to life in the company of dedicated educators launched a collaborative exploratory journey that still lingers five years later.

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Getting Ready for Next Year by Enlivening Your Own Reading and Writing Life

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By Anna Gratz Cockerille

If you are an educator with some time away from school this summer, hopefully you are using a lot of it to recharge. There are many ways you might choose to do this: gardening, lounging, beach-going, cleaning, socializing and, perhaps reading and writing. 

Getting caught up on that stack of novels at your bedside or finally tucking into that personal journal that's been sitting empty can be such pleasures when you finally have the time. Happily, as you nurture yourself as a reader or writer this summer, you can also fuel your teaching. 

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