Tom Newkirk, lifetime educator and bestselling author
of Minds Made for Stories, discusses eight powerful literacy
practices-- and the democratic values that connect them. Newkirk argues
that "the house of literacy has a thousand doors, and our job is to help
students find one that will let them in." Yet for many students reading and writing is
made unnecessarily difficult and uninviting. We need to tell a better story.
Literacy's Democratic Roots celebrates eight door-opening ideas that can
help us make room for all students.
In Teaching Writing, Lucy Calkins shares the depth and breadth of her knowledge, from the initial research that launched some of the biggest ideas still foundational to the teaching of writing today, to her newest insights gleaned from decades of work and study in thousands of classrooms across the globe.
While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. Cornelius Minor identifies tools, attributes, and strategies that can augment our listening, allowing us to make powerful moves toward equity by broadening access to learning for all children.
What motivates us to learn? We all want to promote student engagement, but we often struggle with getting our students excited about and responsible for their own learning. In Engaging Children, Ellin Oliver Keene explores the question: What can we do to encourage motivation for students or, better yet, their engagement?