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Inquiry Illuminated with Anne Goudvis, Steph Harvey, and Karen Halverson

What is at the core of inquiry based learning? How do you get started? Today on the Heinemann Podcast we’re discussing Inquiry Illuminated: Researcher’s Workshop Across the Curriculum, the new book from Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey, and Brad Buhrow. Anne and Steph, along with the book’s contributor Karen Halverson, join us to provide a structure for inquiry that's predictable, proven, and—most importantly—authentic. Inquiry doesn’t just happen. It grows in a classroom community throughout...


A Novel Approach Read Aloud with Kate Roberts

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re excited to bring you a special read aloud episode with author Kate Roberts. In her latest book, A Novel Approach: Whole-Class Novels, Student-Centered Teaching, and Choice, Kate takes a close look at both whole-class novels and independent reading and offers us a new balanced approach that leverages the advantages of both. Kate’s interest in the teaching of reading began early on with her father. Hear the story now as Kate reads aloud from A Novel...


Finding the Right Tools with Towanda Harris

These days, it feels like information overload. So how do we find the right tools for our students' needs? In her new book, The Right Tools: A Guide to Selecting, Evaluating, and Implementing Classroom Resources and Practices, author Towanda Harris lays out a path that teachers and administrators can use to make informed decisions abut what resources and practices they need for the students they teach. Towanda covers how to best assess students, balancing standards, and how to evaluate...


Reading to Make a Difference with Lester Laminack and Katie Kelly

Think back to the last good book you read. Did you visit a new place? Meet new people? Learn a new language? Today on the podcast Lester Laminack and Katie Kelly want students and teachers to learn the ways that reading can change lives. In their new book Reading to Make a Difference, Lester and Katie build a framework for diverse and inclusive literature practices that encourage students to seek out new experiences while also validating their own identities. They write that books give us...


Understanding Purposeful Talk with Maria Nichols

Do you ever stop to consider how meaningful your communication is or think about what we say, and why it matters? Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re joined by author Maria Nichols. In her new book “Building Bigger Ideas: A Process for Teaching Purposeful Talk,” Maria drives home the growing importance of purposeful, face-to-face communication. Maria writes that “talk has a purpose – and that purpose is to tackle the unknown… to strategize, to innovate, to problem solve, to construct...


Fiction Unbound with Tom Newkirk

Most of us write every day, but do you remember the last time you created an imaginary world? We all love stories and, as Don Graves showed us, we all have a story to tell. But in schools, the focus of is increasingly put on analytical writing. When did fiction writing fall to the side? Today on the Heinemann podcast author Tom Newkirk explores the value of creating worlds through fiction writing. As Tom says, “our minds were made for stories,” so he decided to sit down with high school...


Teaching Writers to Reflect with Anne Whitney, Colleen McCracken, and Deana Washell

We are, by nature, reflective. We all think back on how a conversation went or maybe how we could do something differently if even another chance, but how do we teach reflection in writing? Today on the podcast, we’re talking with Anne Whitney, Colleen McCracken, and Deana Washell, co-authors of “Teaching Writers to Reflect: Strategies for a More Thoughtful Writing Workshop.” Reflection helps students build their identities as writers, learn what to do when there’s a problem in their...


Modeling Conferences as Conversations: Katie Wood Ray, Jennifer Serravallo, and Carl Anderson

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, author and editor Katie Wood Ray interviews Carl Anderson and Jenifer Serravallo, who both recently published two conferring books in Heinemann’s Classroom Essentials Series. Carl’s book, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences and Jen’s book A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences were both edited by Katie Wood Ray. Katie says that conferring is, without a doubt, the most student-centered practice there is. She started the conversation by noting both the...


Cornelius Minor on Being Semi-Brave

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re continuing our series of conversations with author Cornelius Minor. Today Cornelius is teaching us how to make time for change, and the power of being what he calls “semi-brave.” The ability to be brave, Cornelius says, is not an inherent trait, but rather a skill that is utilized when the time is right. In his book, We Got This, Cornelius says it’s not necessary to be brave every second of every day, but rather in the moments when we are called upon...


Teaching Digital Literacy with Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke

Today on the Heinemann podcast, we’re joined by Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris to explore how we can make the most of technology with our students. Kristin and Katie are experts in using digital tools to build learning communities, and are co-authors of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. They believe that digital literacy is necessary, and must grow from student ownership and creativity. Our conversation began with the question: How we can shift our thinking...


A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences with Jennifer Serravallo

“Conferring…” writes author Jennifer Serravallo, “is where the magic happens.” Today on the Heinemann podcast Jen talks about her latest book: A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences, which is part of Heinemann’s new Classroom Essentials series. Jen says that while conferring with readers might seem intimidating or out of reach, it is attainable -and necessary- in every classroom. In A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences, Jen shows us the value behind the responsive nature of...


Lucy Calkins Reflects on Her Path to Leadership

In her new book, Leading Well, author Lucy Calkins draws on the experience she and her colleagues have shared at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project over the last thirty years. Lucy’s leadership is rooted in her practice of reading and writing workshop instruction, but where did that instruction begin and how was she called to literacy work to become the leader we know today? How has Lucy Calkins nurtured her own culture of continuous study? It started at an early age, as we learned...


Exploring Identity Work with Heinemann Fellow Minjung Pai

This week on the Heinemann Podcast we’re learning about the importance of personal identity work in education. To understand this work better, and its impact on teachers, we’re handing this week’s podcast over to Heinemann Fellow, Minjung Pai. Min teaches fifth and sixth grade in Los Angeles, California. She is committed to equity, inclusion, and progressive education. Min believes that collaboration is at the core of teaching – that working together with students, parents, and teachers can...


We Got This Read Aloud with Cornelius Minor Part 2

“We learn lots from hero stories, but sometimes they leave out the concrete realities of change,” writes author Cornelius Minor. He goes on to write: “The ‘teacher as superhero’ story can be similarly misleading.” Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re exploring the reality of that story. In part two of this special read-aloud series, Cornelius continues reading from the introduction of his new book, We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. If you...


Leading Well with Lucy Calkins

This week on the Heinemann podcast, a conversation with author Lucy Calkins on leadership. In Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing, Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have done in partnership with school leaders over the last thirty years. While a school leader should be inspirational, Lucy says leaders need to be much more than that. Lucy says, making monumental change...


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 primary...


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...