Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we will discuss how to tap into the power of visual memory.
“No matter what area of the curriculum, we found that clear visuals, simple language, and constant reflection on charts were the key to helping children gain independence and agency in their learning. The more we charted, the less repeating we did and more teaching was possible.”
-Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli in Smarter Charts for Math, Science and Social Studies.
Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month, we share conversation about the role and necessity of play in learning.
One of the biggest challenges teachers have is prioritizing what goes into the classroom schedule. Often, elements held in our hearts as high priority get pushed aside due to priorities of other decision makers. Play is one such element, one that is not only a right of childhood, but an experience that develops and enhances children as humans and curious learners.
Authors Kristi Mraz and Christine Hertz want to change how we look at our classrooms. They say we need to think beyond the idea of "good in school" and ask; will our students be good in the world? Will these students have empathy, will they be resilient, can they face challenges with flexibility? These are just some of the traits Kristi and Christine explore in their book: A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the traits of Joyful, Independent Growth.
A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth follows the work Carol Dweck, Daniel Pink, Art Costa, and others, and it pairs research—psychological, neurological, and pedagogical—with practical classroom help, including instructional language, charts and visuals, teaching tips, and classroom vignettes. Authors Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz now offer the five habits of mind that children need for success:
On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Heinemann welcomed 80 teachers to Portsmouth, NH for our 4th Annual Heinemann Teacher Tour. The event featured four 40-minute sessions with authors Donalyn Miller, Teri Lesesne, Kate Roberts, Kristi Mraz, Christine Hertz, Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul. Below, you can watch the Facebook Live videos of each session and the collection of live tweeting. We've also included the Instagram moments and Slide Share from Donalyn and Teri's session on diverse books.
In Purposeful Play, Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler list the different types of play and the most productive conversation that can come from each. When students are playing outside—what Cheryl calls "rough and tumble play" in today's video—the conversation becomes one about empathy, negotiation, and problem-solving. In games with rules, kids learn and talk about self-control, self-regulation, and what it means to win or lose.