Sunday, November 11, 2018

Links I Loved 11/11

by Megan M. Allen

"Under what seems like an effortless lesson lays an intricate performance. Under each word, movement, question, task, and response are thousands of prior interactions, many professional conversations with expert colleagues, and hours of learning. Each instructional move is composed of hundreds of micro-decisions. Knowledge of students, content knowledge, pedagogy, content pedagogy, knowledge of community, knowledge of culture, analysis of situation, possible missteps and misunderstandings, reflection, and an ever-growing bag of strategies...the toolkit of an expert teacher is vast. But because of the skill of expert teachers, this knowledge is hidden underneath the surface."


by Jennifer Gonzalez  

"It depends entirely on the impact: Nostalgia for the past is toxic when it makes us feel contempt toward the present. And that toxicity works itself into our classrooms in some pretty destructive ways." 


by Larry Ferlazzo

In this video, teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo explains that differentiation is not about long nights of planning and grading, but about being flexible and making decisions in the moment based on what your students need. 
 

Math Links I Loved 11/11

by Mark Chubb


by Jo Boaler

Interesting and challenging math problems for all ages.



Online version of the broken calculator game.


More dot images to use as a math routine. Love the idea of carrying them around with you to use while waiting.



Literacy Links I Loved 11/11

by Valinda Kimmel

"Occasionally, I hear someone outside the education community remark that teaching is not rocket science. Those who would say that are either intentionally or unintentionally led astray (doesn’t matter which) and need a little enlightenment. Teaching, and teaching reading in particular, is both a science and an art. It requires hours of preparation, deep reflection and well-thought out planning. The 187 days each school year allotted for teaching a child to read are full of drama, trauma, joy and frustration. Teaching children to read is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the misinformed, or the ill-equipped."

by Regie Routman

"Finally, while we might pride ourselves on having excellent guided reading groups, we could still fail in developing students who are engaged, inquisitive, comprehending readers. Until we prioritize daily choice, access, and sustained time to read interesting texts as the mainstay of any reading program, our students will not become self-sustaining, joyful readers."

by Michael Haggen 

"In the comprehensive literacy culture, you will find an inclusive classroom that goes beyond defining a child by his or her reading level. This classroom will be filled with positive energy focused on addressing the needs of each child through reading, writing, speaking, listening and social emotional learning as students rotate from whole-class instruction, to small-group instruction and independent learning time throughout the week."

by Stacey Shubitz 

Great list of picture books and possible teaching points for reading and writing lessons for each book.

by Melissa Taylor

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Links I Loved 11/4/18

 by Cornelius Minor

"Mrs. Davenport and the countless teachers like her have helped me to understand that my job as a teacher is not to “teach the curriculum” or even to just “teach the students”; it is to seek to understand my kids as completely as possible so that I can purposefully bend curriculum to meet them."

by Kristine Mraz

Focus lesson ideas to help students increase their writing pace and volume.


Google Slides presentation by Heidi Fessenden and Jenna Laib