Whether you’re a novice or an expert kidwatcher, there are 3 moves you can make to ramp up your observation skills—then take what you observe to make decisions based on who your kids are as full humans. Read more on these 3 moves in Julie Wright's blog on Corwin Connect, based on her book, What Are You Grouping For?.
"You will forever be a character in the story your students will tell. I learned this from our brilliant colleague, Jim Burke; the things we do today will determine which kind of character we will become when the story is told later. Let’s consider for a few minutes how we might use fairy tales to enchant the everyday stories our students live." Read more from Text Structures from Fairy Tales author Gretchen Bernabei on Corwin Connect.
"Whether you are in your first years of teaching (welcome to our rewarding profession!) or, like me, you’re starting the school year for the 34th time, the way you begin matters. We only get one chance to set the tone and establish a shared vision for living and learning together, so let’s make the most of it! With that goal in mind, I’ll offer a few books for read alouds and ideas that you might try as you build relationships on the 'days you begin.'" Read more from The Ramped-Up Read Aloud author Maria Walther on Corwin Connect.
Colleen Cruz, author of Writers Read Better: Nonfiction and Narrative, writes in her Corwin Connect blog: "We know that the students we teach, without the benefit of years or even fully formed pre-frontal cortexes, are particularly vulnerable to being convinced to think, buy, or do any number of things—especially when they see it online or in social media. One of the most effective ways, if not the most effective way to counteract this is by actively teaching students first to write whatever material we want them to read critically."