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Risk. Fail. Rise. (Audiobook)
A Teacher’s Guide to Learning from Mistakes

M. Colleen Cruz
Pub Date: 01/12/2021

Mistakes are not the problem. The problem is the shame we attach to mistakes and inability to grow from them.

You have likely heard the adage, ‘Everyone makes mistakes.’ But what you might not have heard is that there are some predictable reasons why we make these mistakes. Knowing why we make mistakes can help us make fewer mistakes and ensure that when we do make mistakes they’ll be more of the more useful variety.

In Risk.... more

Between the Commas (Audiobook)
Sentence Instruction That Builds Confident Writers (and Writing Teachers)

Martin Brandt
Pub Date: 12/15/2020

For too long, sentence instruction has been heavy on correctness and terminology (as in “mind your grammar”) and light on play and experimentation. Or it has been abandoned altogether. In this lively audiobook, Marty Brandt sets out to change all that. It is partly the story of a teacher hitting a plateau in mid-career, deeply frustrated by the flatness of his students’ writing, particularly as they struggled with more academic tasks. But... more

Risk. Fail. Rise.
A Teacher’s Guide to Learning from Mistakes

M. Colleen Cruz
Pub Date: 10/27/2020

Mistakes are not the problem. The problem is the shame we attach to mistakes and inability to grow from them.

You have likely heard the adage, ‘Everyone makes mistakes.’ But what you might not have heard is that there are some predictable reasons why we make these mistakes. Knowing why we make mistakes can help us make fewer mistakes and ensure that when we do make mistakes they’ll be more of the more useful variety.

In... more

The Civically Engaged Classroom
Reading, Writing, and Speaking for Change

Mary Ehrenworth, Pablo Wolfe, Marc Todd
Pub Date: 10/15/2020

Are your students ready to become the engaged and informed citizens our democracy needs right now? Your classroom can be a place for them to experience what it means to live in community with others, to balance their own interests with those of the group, to challenge themselves to overcome differences, and to ask the questions that help them understand the crux of an issue. Powerful reading and writing is fundamentally linked to civic... more

A Teacher’s Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day
The Classroom Essentials Series

Tanya S. Wright, Edited By Katie Wood Ray
Pub Date: 10/13/2020

You probably know that having young children memorize new words or relegating vocabulary instruction to one time of day is not the way to go, but you may not know what else to do to support students’ vocabulary development. In this guide, Tanya Wright shows you how to make word learning more meaningful and engaging as you incorporate teaching about words across the day. Young children love to learn and use new words; the key is... more

Play Attention!
A Playful Mindset Meets Academic Content

Stephanie Parsons
Pub Date: 10/08/2020

A playful mindset is key to finding creative, resourceful ways of doing the things we need to do in life. And yet, in the past 50 years there has been a steep decline of free self-directed play both in and out of school. “In providing more structured activities outside of school, longer school days and more rigorous curricula, we have raised children who are less prepared for a successful adulthood,” Stephanie writes. But there is hope! In Play... more

Every Kid a Writer
Strategies That Get Everyone Writing

Kelly Boswell
Pub Date: 10/06/2020

Anyone who has taught writing knows that sometimes the hardest part about teaching writing is getting students to write at all.  What we sometimes forget, Kelly Boswell reminds us, is that every writer is reluctant to write at some point. It’s the conditions––not the kids––that determine success. In Every Kid A Writer, Kelly provides six field-tested strategies to get everyone in the classroom writing with energy... more

Connecting with Students Online
Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning

Jennifer Serravallo
Pub Date: 09/29/2020

The professional development for online teaching and learning that you’ve been asking for An unprecedented pandemic may change the definition of classroom, but it doesn't have to change your definition of good teaching. Now that you’re making the shift to online teaching, it’s time to answer your biggest questions about remote, digitally based instruction:

  • How do I build and nurture relationships with
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No More Random Acts of Literacy Coaching

Erin Brown, Susan L'Allier
Pub Date: 09/28/2020

Teacher-coach collaboration is critical to teacher effectiveness and student learning, but sometimes the in-the-moment response rate required when supporting several teacher requests at once can make literacy coaching appear to be, well, rather random.  No More Random Acts of Literacy Coaching looks at the common obstacles and misconceptions that can prevent effective coaching, and offers strategies that literacy coaches, teachers,... more

Elevating Equity and Justice (Audiobook)
Ten U.S. Supreme Court Cases Every Teacher Should Know

Robert Kim
Pub Date: 09/22/2020

Elevating Equity and Justice is just what the civic-minded activist in you is looking for—an accessible and engaging guide to connect your teaching to the times we live in, providing insight into ten United States Supreme Court cases that impact schools and teaching. Some of the cases will be familiar to you and some will not. Why these cases? They cover the landscape of both civil rights and civil liberties, exploring topics and situations... more

Social Justice Talk
Strategies for Teaching Critical Awareness

Chris Hass
Pub Date: 09/21/2020

We all have the intention of using our classroom to envision a better world, but what gets in our way? Our uncertainty about how to discuss implicit and systemic bias in our classrooms is one of the reasons we avoid this necessary work. In Social Justice Talk, Chris Hass, along with his colleagues Nozsa Tinsley, and Tiffany Palmatier, detail how to facilitate rich discussions that disrupt the harmful social beliefs and practices we and... more

In the Moment (Audiobook)
Conferring in the Elementary Math Classroom

Jennifer Braden Munson
Pub Date: 07/14/2020

Conferring in math supports students' learning How do we support all students’ mathematical sense-making and move their thinking forward in the midst of problem solving? Talking to students about their work, while they work, is a powerful way of supporting learning. We often engage in these conversations with our readers and writers, and these interactions are just as needed in mathematics. What does it look like... more