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Turn & Talk with Ellin Keene, Sara Ahmed, and Linda Rief

Today on the podcast, we’re excited to bring you the third conversation in our Turn & Talk series, hosted by author Ellin Keene. If you missed the previous episode, you can listen to it here. Turn & Talk is a celebration of Heinemann’s 40th anniversary, hosting conversations between authors who have written for Heinemann since its early years, and those who are newer authors, bringing their unique perspectives to the table. This series tackles issues facing educators today, like: how much...


We Got This Read Aloud with Cornelius Minor Part 1

In a special read-aloud edition of the Heinemann podcast, author Cornelius Minor reads from the introduction of his new book; We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be.


We Got This with Cornelius Minor

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, author Cornelius Minor on how the teacher as superhero narrative can be misleading if we don’t spend time with the imperfections that allow us to be human. In his new book, We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to be who our students need us to be, Cornelius crafts a better hero story for the profession of education. He writes: “we are allowed to fail, reflect, improve and try again.” To do this, he says it starts with authentically listening to our...


Making Books with Lisa Cleaveland and Katie Wood Ray

What does it mean to be a writer? And how do we establish routines for our beginning writers? Today on The Heinemann Podcast, co-authors Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland on their new book: A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers. In this latest release of the Classroom Essentials Series, Katie Wood Ray guides us through the first days in Lisa’s classroom when writing workshop is a time — everyday— when her students make books. We see step by step how to launch...


Sketchnoting with Tanny McGregor

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re learning about creative ways to grow our thinking. Tanny McGregor is the author of Ink and Ideas: Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking. In it, Tanny explains the power behind putting words and pictures together in the method of “sketchnoting.” One of the benefits of sketchnoting is bringing focus and strengthening memory. It also allows for multiple perspectives in the classroom to be represented in authentic and personal ways. Our...


Looking Through a Developmental Lens with Susan Engel

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, what role does developmental psychology play in teaching? Susan Engel is an educator, psychologist, and author of the new book The Children You Teach. In it, Susan describes the great need for what she calls a “developmental lens." Often feeling out-of-reach to teachers of young children, Susan explains why and how developmental concepts can be easily used in the classroom. Our conversation begins with how Susan first came to bring these two worlds of...


Designing User-Oriented Assignments with Jim Burke

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, does the design of an assignment impact the quality of a student’s work? Jim Burke is the author of The Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey. In his book, Jim investigates writing assignments from hundreds of classrooms to identify what’s useful and what’s not. What he found is that the overall design of an academic assignment, from the layout to the words used, is critical to not only how well a student preforms, but how they...


Turn & Talk with Ellin Keene, Tom Newkirk, and Kathy Collins

Today on the podcast, we’re excited to bring you the second conversation in our Turn & Talk series, hosted by author Ellin Keene. If you missed the first installment, you can find it on Turn & Talk is a celebration of Heinemann’s 40th anniversary, hosting conversations between authors who have written for Heinemann since its early years, and those who are newer authors, bringing their unique perspectives to the table. This series tackles issues facing educators today,...


Reading with Presence with Marilyn Pryle

How do we encourage students to genuinely engage with challenging or difficult texts? Today on the Heinemann Podcast, Marilyn Pryle, author of “Reading with Presence” suggests a method of writing and sharing reading responses, which differ from the usual short essay answer. Marilyn says Reading Responses offer students a method of close reading that provides choice while still maintaining a structure that keeps the assigned reading as the main focus. Students are able to write, share, and...


The Book in Question with Carol Jago

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, what drives us to read? In her latest book, “The Book in Question: Why and How Reading is In Crisis,” author Carol Jago highlights the importance of reading, and what we stand to lose when it is devalued. It doesn’t matter so much, Carol says, what students are reading or why, but that they choose to read at all, and that they are confident in their ability to attempt the text in front of them. Our conversation begins with what it means to choose a good book…


In the Moment with Jen Munson

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, how do we have productive conversations that help surface a student’s mathematical thinking? We confer often with our readers and writers, but these conversations are just as needed in mathematics. What does it look like to talk with students about their mathematical thinking so that their thinking grows? How do we know when to step in and when to nudge? In Jen Munson’s new book, “In the Moment,” she offers educators clear guidance for conferring with your...


Reading with Presence Read Aloud with Marilyn Pryle

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, how do we become present in our own learning? We’ve all had students who physically come to class, but when called on to answer question appear to be mentally absent. Maybe you were this student. In her new book “Reading with Presence” Marilyn Pryle tackles the causes of disengaged learning and provides tangible solutions that provide students a safe space to share ideas and engage confidently. In this read aloud episode, Marilyn shares a story of her own...


Understanding Texts & Readers with Jennifer Serravallo

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re making sense of comprehension. In Understanding Texts & Readers New York Times Best-Selling author author Jennifer Serravallo narrows the distance between assessment and instruction. Jen simplifies text complexity and clarifies comprehension instruction. She starts by untangling the many threads of comprehension: Levels, engagement, stamina, the relevance of texts, and more. Our conversation begins with Jen’s journey through moving beyond levels…


A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences with Carl Anderson

How do you respond to a student’s writing while conferring? And what’s the best way to give feedback? This week on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re talking about how to support your students during writing conferences. Writing conferences help students build confidence in their writing ability and find joy in the writing process. While conferring with students can feel daunting, author Carl Anderson says, it’s a skill any teacher can learn with time, practice, and the right resources. Nearly...


Sara Ahmed on Identity and Experience

In her newest book, Being the Change, author Sara Ahmed explores the importance of social comprehension in the classroom; understanding those often tricky-to-navigate landscapes of race, gender, politics, religion, sexuality… In July Sara spoke at the Nerd Camp literacy conference in Michigan about the tensions many of us feel during big moments in history. In her presentation, Sara shared with listeners her experience on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on the events that took place...


Dismantling Racism in Education: A Preview of Social Justice Saturday

How do we go beyond the cosmetic fixes of racial inequality in education and go further? There is no quick fix, and we all need to do the work. Today on the Heinemann Podcast we’re preparing for Social Justice Saturday at The Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project which will be on Saturday - September 15th (2018). Heinemann author Sonja Cherry-Paul is one of the organizers of the event and a speaker. Also, among the day’s speakers are Heinemann Fellows Dr. Kim Parker, Tiana Silvas,...


Bringing Joy and Community to Reading with Sonja Cherry-Paul & Dana Johansen

This week on the Heinemann podcast, how do we create a culture for our classrooms that can last a full school year? Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen, co-authors of Flip Your Writing Workshop and Teaching Interpretation: Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning, are currently finishing up their third book, due out in spring of 2019. Both Sonja and Dana want to help teachers build learning communities that propel students’ growth as readers, help them view the world through multiple...


Developing Numerical Fluency with Patsy Kanter and Steve Leinwand

Today on the Heinemann Podcast… think back to when you were first taught math. Did you feel engaged? Did you feel you had a deep understanding of the material in front of you? Or, like many students, did you memorize and regurgitate facts that you struggled to explain the meaning of? Authors Patsy Kanter and Steve Leinwand want to change that narrative. In their new book, Developing Numerical Fluency, Patsy and Steve present what they call pivotal understandings, and put an emphasis on a...


Debbie Miller on Asking Beautiful Questions

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, "what’s the best that could happen?" By turning that old phrase on its head, author Debbie Miller says she’s asked herself a more beautiful question. Inspired by journalist Warren Berger’s book, A More Beautiful Question, Debbie explores how questions help us look beyond the limitations of what we’ve always done and discover powerful new opportunities for teaching and learning. In today’s special read-aloud podcast, Debbie takes us through the...


What's The Best That Could Happen? with Debbie Miller

This week on the podcast we’re wondering, what’s the best that could happen? Are you familiar with this quote: “The most damaging phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way!’”? Its credited to the Navy’s Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. The computer science pioneer also noted “Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ Well, not author Debbie Miller. She wants to create space for possibilities. In her newest book; “What’s the Best That...