Boil that nightshade, gather the newt eyes: it's Halloween weekend. What is your favorite part about Halloween? Mine is spooky surf music. Here are some links!
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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The blog Two Writing Teachers mentioned many Heinemann authors, including Katie Ray, Lester Laminack, Ralph Fletcher, and Lisa Eickholdt, in a post titled "Writing Workshop Is Hard Work."
In the book, The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They’re All Hard Parts), Katie Wood Ray (with Lester Laminack) shares much wisdom, but one of my favorite quotes is this: “…Having a writing workshop is such complex, hard work that the best writing teachers I know sometimes spend their whole careers never feeling like they’ve got quite a handle on it- feeling like it’s just slightly out of their control…I think that may be how it’s supposed to feel.” What a relief to know that even Katie Wood Ray thinks that writing workshop can sometimes leave a teacher with more questions than answers.
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The Mountaineer of Haywood County North Carolina wrote about the Heinemann editorial team's visit to Jonathan Valley Elementary School:
At the end of the day, the editorial team met with the faculty from Jonathan Valley to talk about their impressions and also to listen to teacher’s ideas about the role of professional books and resources in their day-to-day lives as teachers. The day seemed to be a rewarding one for all involved.
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Did you see last week's NPR story about the stresses of young teachers, and did you think that veteran teachers didn't get a fair shake vis a vis whether it's ok to cry in your car? Don't worry. NPR says it's ok for you too.
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Rebecca Mead of the The New Yorker wrote about the shift in language on testing in a Daily Comment:
Arne Duncan, who departs as Education Secretary this winter, announced this weekend that he’s been listening to these laments. “I can’t tell you how many conversations I’m in with educators who are understandably stressed and concerned about an overemphasis on testing in some places, and how much time testing and test prep are taking from instruction,” he said, while unveiling the department’s new Testing Action Plan. According to the plan, the Administration will provide guidance and funding to local authorities to reduce testing, which, it states, henceforth should take up no more than two per cent of instructional time.
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#ICYMI: Some of our popular posts from this week.
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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 Aaron Burden