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"This series builds on decades of teaching and research—in literally tens of thousands of schools. Across the country, the Units of Study for Teaching Reading series has already given young people extraordinary power, not only as readers, but also as thinkers. When adolescents are explicitly taught the skills and strategies of proficient reading and are invited to live as richly literate people do, carrying books everywhere, bringing reading into every nook and corner of their lives, the results are dramatic."
Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth,
A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades
Reclaiming the Principalship is a tool-packed guide to help principals manage, schedule, evaluate, and build community—all while keeping student learning central to their work and the school’s mission.
Explore the teaching of analytical writing from a new perspective. In this groundbreaking book, Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell redefine "text" and offer practical lessons that help students discover analysis "in the wild," and use high-interest mentor texts to write their own analysis on topics that matter to them.
As an English teacher, Kate Roberts has seen the power of whole-class novels to build community in her classroom. But she’s also seen too many kids struggle too much to read them--and consequently, check out of reading altogether. Kate’s had better success getting kids to actually read – and enjoy it—when they choose their own books within a workshop model. “And yet,” she says, “I missed my whole-class novels.”
The classroom of your dreams starts with one big idea. From the first days of school to the last, Kids First from Day One shares how to put your deepest teaching belief into action. Whether it's building community, designing your classroom spaces, matching instruction to students' needs, or engaging students in curriculum, Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz help you put into action the belief that children are the most important people in the room.
Want students to understand—really understand—and retain the math they’re learning? Focus on building your classroom community first. In Thinking Together, veteran teachers Rozlynn Dance and Tessa Kaplan explore nine beliefs that lead to a powerful community of learners. When students are part of a classroom where they feel valued and included, they are more likely to take risks, ask questions, and grow exponentially as mathematicians.
IIn today’s world, the importance of teaching students to analyze different sources on a particular topic has never been greater. Students need to be able to connect ideas, weigh viewpoints, and balance differing perspectives. “We want students to ask questions and then actively seek out answers by reading, listening to, or viewing multiple sources —articles, books, videos, photos, infographics, and more,” literacy consultant and author Sunday Cummins explains. “We want them to think across those sources and be able to articulate for themselves as well as for others what they’ve learned—orally and in writing.”