This week’s must-read: Ellie Herman’s final piece on what she learned about great teaching from her time in Los Angeles classrooms: Love Is the Answer. I loved this post so much.
Over at Literate Lives, Bill shares the good news that his daughter has become a teacher and will be starting her first job this fall. He’s written a great post with some advice for new teachers.
I missed #nctechat and #titletalk last month, but Beth curated her favorite tweets in a Storify. You really will learn something from reading her curated stories. Thanks, Beth!
Carrie Gelson’s terrific series on teaching with nonfiction titles is going to become required reading in my Children’s Literature class. Part 2 focuses on the importance of nonfiction read-alouds. Part 3A focuses on generating excitement about nonfiction texts (I’ll be using some of these ideas in my college classroom!) Part 3B gives suggestions for reading and working with the texts.
One of my favorite writers, Linda Urban, has published a series of posts about her writer’s notebook.
For more on writer’s notebooks, see Katherine Sokolowski’s reflections on using the writer’s notebook in her classroom and what she plans to emphasize with her students this fall.
Pernille Ripp writes about how her five-year-old daughter already hates school. Be sure to read her daughter’s teaching advice too! This five-year-old has some excellent ideas for teachers.
Martin Moran reminds us that loving our subject isn’t enough: we also have to love teaching. Will be sharing this post with my Methods students.
This article at Huffington Post suggests 8 ways to work on mindfulness with kids. I’ll be trying some of these ideas with my kids–and in my classroom.
Tunette Powell has written an editorial on the disturbing racial politics of school suspensions.
This is a really fascinating post about the challenge of trying to place names on the 9/11 Memorial–not alphabetically but by “meaningful adjacencies,” meaning the relationships and interactions the people being memorialized had with each other.
I really want to find time to explore the New Yorker archive sometime this month: it’s fully unlocked right now with no pay wall! Longform shares their 25 favorite New Yorker pieces, which will get me started.