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Maria Nichols is a literacy consultant and Director of School Innovation for the San Diego Unified School District. A former elementary classroom teacher, Nichols received the Distinguished Elementary Educator Award from the San Diego chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, 2002.

Maria is the author of Comprehension Through Conversation and her


Maria Blanton is a Senior Scientist at TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining TERC, she was a Professor of Mathematics Education in the STEM Education Department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her work focuses on understanding issues of teacher and student learning associated with algebraic thinking in the elementary grades.

Building Bigger Ideas
A Process for Teaching Purposeful Talk
Maria Nichols
Grade: K - 5th
Pub Date: 3/21/2019

Study after study shows that as students grow, they become increasingly focused on technology-driven communication. Cyber-dialogue replaces face-to-face interactions in all aspects of their lives. And yet, has there ever been a greater need for students to learn the art of “talk,” to be able to converse “live” with others, to collaborate, negotiate, and learn from one another?... more

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On the Podcast: Understanding Purposeful Talk with Maria Nichols

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, were joined by author Maria Nichols.In her new book Building Bigger Ideas: A Process for Teaching Purposeful Talk, Maria drives home the growing importance of purposeful, face-to-face communication.... more
Comprehension Through Conversation
The Power of Purposeful Talk in the Reading Workshop
Maria Nichols
Grade: K - 6th
Pub Date: 8/24/2006

    Maria Nichols offers not possible lessons but full descriptions of actual lessons. Here you’ll find no ivory-tower examples of what might be, but examples of what is already available in many classrooms. These are classrooms of the sort that we hope our children and grandchildren are lucky enough to encounter—not once in a while but routinely.
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Teaching with Mathematical Argument
Strategies for Supporting Everyday Instruction
Despina StylianouMaria Blanton
Grade: 5th - 8th
Pub Date: 4/11/2018

Argumentation leads to deeper understanding

Many students’ interest in mathematics fades as they are asked to solve seemingly endless disconnected problems. Despina Stylianou and Maria Blanton show how building daily instruction around mathematical argumentation can enliven your classroom and re-engage your students.

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