Tag Archives: Kara Pranikoff

Starting The Year With Student Thinking

Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation

Written by Kara Pranikoff, author of Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation

Educators are granted the incredible gift of revision, a chance to reflect on and refine instruction year after year. Try again. Do over. Make better. At its core, education is a creative process, facilitated by a teacher and constructed by the student community. It’s a meeting of the minds.

In the fall we aim for instruction that will introduce the fundamental concepts we’ll nurture across the year. I’m dedicated to creating a classroom where student ideas and voices are the foundation of our daily discussions.

Continue reading

Start the School Year by Reflecting on Your Core Beliefs

E08676_Pranikoff_Bookcover_MG5D9787

"If you asked me what I value most in teaching, it’s listening to how children think. And one quick and easy way to see this is by opening up a space for them to talk and listening to what they say." – Kara Pranikoff, author of Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation

All teachers ground their instruction in fundamental beliefs that they have about learning. These beliefs implicitly guide both the plans and moment-by-moment decisions that are required of all teachers. It’s important to take your own time to reflect on the things that are most important to you.

Continue reading

Heinemann is at ILA 2017! Here’s What You Need to Know

Heinemann Building

From July 14–16, 2017, Heinemann will be at the International Literacy Association 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida. Here now is everything you need to know about our presence at #ILA17. 

Continue reading

Better Observation Through Listening

E08676_Pranikoff_Bookcover_MG5D9751

Excerpted from Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation by Kara Pranikoff


If you are interested in working on the talk in your room, the first step is to listen. All listening involves some level of bravery (it’s never easy to listen to yourself) and routine. It’s the only way to really know what is being shared and how the moves you make as a teacher are affecting student thought in your classroom. You need to find a way to save conversations and collect artifacts of your talk for assessment and reflection.

Continue reading

Breathing New Life Into the Talk in Your Classroom

E08676_Pranikoff_Bookcover_MG5D9787

Below, read the foreword to Kara Pranikoff's Teaching Talk, written by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen. Sonja and Dana are the co-authors of Teaching Interpretation: Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Kara Pranikoff is the literacy coach teachers and students all dream of. She’s a listener, an observer, and a thinker. It wasn’t long upon first meeting Kara that we were quickly drawn into discussions about pedagogy and practice. She asked insightful questions about our classrooms, and although we discussed curriculum and challenges, our students remained at the center of our conversation. A few minutes with Kara and you know you are speaking with a literacy expert. So it’s no surprise to us that she wrote a book about cultivating talk in the classroom.

Continue reading