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From Stenhouse Publishers
How are your students progressing? What do they need next? So What Do They Really Know? — by best-selling author and English teacher Cris Tovani — shows you how to make assessment a powerful part of everyday instruction. Preview the entire book online.
Classroom Management 101
Reading Ladders & ScaffoldsYou can hear the joy in Teri S. Lesesne’s voice during this Choice Literacy interview as she explains how she helps tweens and teens climb ladders to more challenging reading. A former 8th grade teacher and current college prof, she lays out the fundamentals: Know the kids — know the books — bring them together. Along the way she explains how offering increasing choice in titles builds enthusiasm. She shares some of her current favorite books during the interview (there's a transcript with links) and also at her online journal. PLUS: Paul Hankins and Donalyn Miller, the Book Whisperer, talk about favorite books at the Choice Literacy site. And check out Hankins' Twitter hashtag group #speakloudly.
This story includes examples, links to other sources and resources, and is generally a very interesting read if you're mathematically and digitally inclined. ALSO: We're English/LA types, but we have friends who love math a lot. So we're wondering if, during summer break, a middle grades math teacher might love to watch this cutting-edge (and pretty relaxed) lecture by Harvard professor Curt McMullen on "The Geometry of Three Manifolds." John actually watched some of it, seemed to enjoy it, but has looked deeply puzzled ever since.
Math Teachers Lead Digital Charge
Lexus Eco Challenges, hosted at the Scholastic website, will immerse 6-8 students in ecological projects in your community and allow them to compete for major prizes. The challenges run consecutively beginning in late September, early November and early January. Sixteen MS and sixteen HS teams will share $500,000 in scholarships, teacher-selected classroom resources, and awards for their schools. You'll find lots of resources online and info about last year's winners. Plus this explanation of the rather complicated prize system.