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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Jessica Lifshitz, member of the first Heinemann Fellows cohort, wrote about pushing beyond the single story, dipping her toes into introducing postmodern concepts to her students:
We begin the year with personal narratives and I want the kids to see that there are many ways to tell our stories. Using the Humans of New York stories as mentor texts, I am going to ask the kids to compose their own stories of them selves. I will ask them to think about what they want others to know about them, how they want to be seen, what about their lives is important for others to know. And they will use these thoughts to compose their own stories. This will be something that we put together on our walls or on our virtual walls to share with each other and to begin to build our community.
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Moving Writers put up a review of Rebekah O'Dell's three-part series detailing how she quit grading:
The response to this series of posts about my experiment to give up traditional grading in my senior English class showed us that teachers are searching for a better way to assess student work — a way that helps build relationships and helps students grow.
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The Hoover Sun wrote about Kent Haines, one of the newest Heinemann Fellows:
Kent has spent the last six years as a middle school math teacher with a focus on pre-algebra. He is passionate about changing the way middle school students think about mathematics and encourages students to solve equations more creatively by helping them move beyond memorized rules in math practice.
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— Eric Chalek (@EricChalek) July 28, 2016
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