Saturday, March 31, 2018

Links I Love 3/31/18

I am dusting off this old blog so that I will have a place to gather, store and share some of the great posts and articles I run across online. I won't be writing a summary for each article but instead I will be pulling out a favorite quote from the article to give you a taste of what the whole article might be like. There are so many thoughtful educators out there and I learn so much from them every day.

Close Listening and a Kids-First Approach to Our Day to Day Interactions
by Kristine Mraz 

"Putting kids first does not mean that there is no expectation or difficulty in classrooms. It means that how we respond is different. In our actions, in our words, and in our conversational moves we demonstrate that we care for and value the children in our care, that we center on their needs, and support their growth. "

Non-Math Essentials for Math Learning
by Margie Pearse

"A teacher who loves teaching math will get students excited to learn math. Step into a classroom led by a passionate math teacher and you’ll notice students at the edge of their seats anticipating his or her next move, ready to take on any math challenge, and willing to take risks. When math is taught with enthusiasm, students begin to see learning in a different light, approaching each problem with interest. Passion sets the stage for engagement to happen in math. Brains are awakened by emotion, offering students a way to make stronger mathematical connections."

"Islands of Certainty" - Learning Sight Words 
by Katie Keier 

"This reminds us of the importance of making sure that everything we do is in the service of meaning. We can’t simply teach kids lists of words to memorize or put these words on flash cards. We have to focus on teaching these words in meaningful text and show our readers how these known words can be “islands of certainty.” We have to help our readers and writers see how to make these words theirs, and how they can use that knowledge in their reading and writing. "

Beyond Dojos and Card Charts
by Sarah  Caban 

"As math educators, we talk all the time about how important it is to get students to ask questions, justify their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others.  If we really want to make this happen, I think we need to pay attention to the mirrors we hold up for our students.  If we use extrinsic rewards and punishments are we building agency or promoting complacency?"

Making Space: Entering Lessons Mindfully
by Kim Yaris and Jan Burkins

"In classrooms, we all pay great attention to the physical space. We are conscientious about classroom clutter. We are intentional about room design, furniture placement, and color, particularly in these early days of a new school year. But, more important than the things we place and arrange in the classroom is the space around the people and the objects—the emptiness that is actually something. Similarly, creating space, or making room for nothingness, between lessons, by taking a few deep breaths as you cross over the threshold of a lesson, will affect your quality of life as well as the quality of student learning."

The Work of Finding Empathy
by various Heinemann authors

"One of the most enriching—and challenging—aspects of being an educator is that we must live what we teach in order to teach it well. To teach reading effectively, we must be readers ourselves. To teach writing well, we must write. To build an inclusive school community, we must look inward and examine how we work to see the humanity in others when words or actions differ from our own identity positions."

When Pushing Boundaries in Math Education, Where Can Teachers Turn for Help and Comaraderie?
by Kristen Rae Lapore 

"As an educator, how do you overcome the shortcomings of social media and network with other innovative teachers beyond the Internet?"

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