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180 Days Read Aloud Podcast: Part I

Today on the Heinemann podcast, a special read aloud podcast from 180 Days. Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle are co-authors of the new book 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. Their book is a reflection of a year-long collaboration of planning and teaching. It is a core resource for any educator who feels the push and pull between planning an engaging curriculum and the shortage of time. We’ve invited Kelly and Penny to read aloud from selected...


Literacy Coaching with Stephanie Affinito

Today on the Heinemann podcast: What’s the role of technology in literacy coaching? It’s a question that gets mixed responses from teachers and coaches. If you ask Stephanie Affinito, author of Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools and Technology, she would say “it depends.” Technology is always changing and learning how to integrate it into your practice can feel daunting. Stephanie says to “infuse your coaching with technology to match the right tools...


Engaging Children with Ellin Oliver Keene and Tom Newkirk

Can you think back to when you were last fully engaged in something? So consumed that you lost all track of time and your surroundings? As Ellin Keene writes, “when engaged, we enter into a state of wideawakeness that is almost blissful.” She says, this feeling is intoxicating. How can our students find this deep engagement on their own? In her newest book, Engaging Children, Ellin Keene explores that very idea. She examines the conditions that lead to engagement and how we can promote...


Thinking Together with Rozlynn Dance and Tessa Kaplan

Today on the Heinemann podcast: how do we create strong learning communities where students can feel confident in their mathematical abilities? A few years ago, Rozlynn Dance and Tessa Kaplan found their students weren’t grasping math concepts, and just getting by. They examined their math instruction, were unsatisfied, and set out to change how they taught. This work lead to their new book Thinking Together: 9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community. Rozlynn and Tessa celebrate...


Smokey Daniels on Student Inquiry

Today on the Heinemann podcast, how do we make time for inquiry? Author Smokey Daniels says that is his most asked question about inquiry. Smokey is the author of The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry. Making space for individual choice when a curriculum has already been planned can be a challenge. Smokey says you have to “inquiryize” your classroom. Here’s our conversation with Smokey on making time…


180 Days Part II with Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re diving back into 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents with authors Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle. If you haven’t already, we invite you to listen to Part I of our conversation, where we talked about the need for flexibility, having agency in the work and the process of writing 180 Days. Now, in Part II, Kelly and Penny discuss how this collaboration changed their teaching for the better. Our conversation with these...


180 Days Part 1 with Kelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, a year of teaching dangerously. Spoiler, that was ALMOST the title for Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle’s new book… 180 Days. The idea for this book started with the question, “how do you fit it all in?” Their very honest answer… you don’t! And that’s the point. As the year ebbs and flows, plans change based on students’ needs. Kelly and Penny teamed up to connect their classrooms from California to New Hampshire to co-teach for a year. They spent their...


It's All About the Books with Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

Today on the Heinemann Podcast; how do we create lifelong readers? It might seem obvious, but it starts with books! Books are the heart and soul of teaching literacy and our tools to develop lifelong readers. So how can we organize books across an entire school community to support student choice AND instructional goals? In their new book, It’s All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries that Inspire Readers, authors Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan say...


Sara Ahmed on Her Book Being the Change

Today on the Heinemann Podcast we’re talking about tough conversations in the classroom.Do you find yourself struggling with how to respond to students when topics like race, gender, politics, region and sexuality are brought up at school? These subjects are part of our students’ lives. So then how do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask and have tough conversations? Author Sara Ahmed says it begins with discomfort and not trying to save the...


Sara Ahmed: Being the Change, a Story

On the Heinemann podcast today, something different. We offer a story from author Sara Ahmed. A story about compassion, empathy and most importantly, identity. This is a story about Being the Change: Today's podcast is also the letter in the opening chapter of Sara's new book, Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension. In her book, she explores how student growth can happen in the moments when we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations together. Sara...


Science is Poetry with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz

It's been said that poetry and physics are the same thing, so on today's Heinemann Podcast we're examining the poetry of science. Language and literature can work in the same way science does. Both literature and science have stability and change. Both also have cause and effect. In their book; Sharing Books, Talking Science, this is what authors Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz call "crosscutting concepts". In today's conversation they're joined by author, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater,...


Nurturing Informed Thinking with Sunday Cummins

Knowing how to analyze all the different sources that enter into our world has never been more important. On today’s podcast we’re speaking with author Sunday Cummins about her new book: Nurturing Informed Thinking: Reading, Talking and Writing Across Content-Sources. Sunday says we need students to be able to ask question and then actively seek out answers by reading, listening or viewing multiple sources. She says we should be able to analyze any form of those sources too, whether it’s...


Kate Roberts and A Novel Approach

Today on the podcast, whole class novels and choice. How do we have it both ways; reading literature deeply and also fostering joyful, independent learning? In Kate Robert's new book, A Novel Approach: Whole-Class Novels, Student Centered Teaching and Choice, Kate examines the troubles and triumphs of both whole-class novels and independent reading. She says we can find a student-centered, balanced approach to teaching reading. As an English teacher, Kate has seen whole-class novels...


Kids First From Day One with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

The classroom of your dreams starts with one big idea. Kids First from Day One shares how to put your deepest teaching beliefs into action. Listen in!


Project-Based Writing with Liz Prather

The idea that students should be “college and career ready” when they leave high school has become a major focus in education, but much of this conversation has been on reading readiness. What about writing readiness? Today on the Heinemann Podcast, author Liz Prather. In her book, Project-Based Writing, Liz shows us how teachers can bring students into the lesson planning process, inviting agency, independence, and inquiry into the classroom community. Through this community, students...


Beyond Literary Analysis with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell

In your daily life, would you voluntarily sit down to write an analytical essay on The Odyssey? Or on Catcher in the Rye? Probably not. Would you like to read and grade more than one hundred identical essays about these novels instead? Probably not. So, why do we ask our students to this year after year? Today on the Heinemann Podcast, authors Allison Marchetti & Rebekah O’Dell explore alternatives to the dreaded literary analysis essays in their new book, Beyond Literary Analysis....


Reclaiming the Principalship with Tom Marshall

What is the role of a principal and how can a principal use their knowledge to be the best head-learner they can be? Heinemann Author Tom Marshall discusses his approach these questions in his new book: Reclaiming the Principalship:Instructional Leadership Strategies to Engage Your School Community and Focus on Learning. As a former teacher and staff developer, Tom writes about his philosophies behind effective leadership and what that look like? Tom says that while the days are filled...


Jennifer Serravallo Talks about Strategies in Action

On today’s podcast we’re talking with New York Times, Best-selling author Jennifer Serravallo about a new on-demand course called Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content. Drawing from Jen’s best-selling resources The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book, this new on-demand course was designed by Jen to help educators understand how to find goals for their readers and writers and how to support them over time as they work toward those goals. For...


Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on Poems Are Teachers

Today on The Heinemann Podcast: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater says poems can do everything and allow us to become who we are. Amy says there is magic in poetry and that magic translates into teaching. She says once we can get pas the idea that poems are in their own little word, they open up a world […] The post Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on Poems Are Teachers appeared first on Heinemann Blog.


Harvey “Smokey” Daniels Previews Upcoming Multi-Day Institute in Santa Fe

On today's podcast we’re talking with Heinemann author Harvey “Smokey” Daniels. Smokey is giving us a preview of Heinemann’s upcoming Multi-Day Institute titled: Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry: Pathways to Literacy, Empathy Achievement and Action Presented by Sara Ahmed, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Cornelius Minor, Nancy Steineke and Kristin Ziemke. This multi-day institute will take place Martin Luther […] The post Harvey “Smokey” Daniels Previews Upcoming Multi-Day Institute in...


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