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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 build...


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...


The Need For and Needs of Teachers of Color

On The Heinemann Podcast today, the need for and needs of teachers of color. "Growth is uncomfortable and all things need to be uncomfortable to grow.” Those are the words of Tiana Silvas, a member of the current class of Heinemann Fellows. She goes on to say in today’s podcast that while conversations about race and […] The post The Need For and Needs of Teachers of Color appeared first on Heinemann Blog.


Sneed B. Collard III on Teaching Nonfiction Revision

What happens when a bestselling children’s book author teams up with a nationally known writing teacher? Well, you get the new book Teaching Nonfiction Revision: A Professional Writer Shares Strategies, Tips, and Lessons. On today’s Heinemann Podcast we’re talking with Sneed B. Collard III about Teaching Nonfiction Revision. Sneed Collard is an award winning children’s […] The post Sneed B. Collard III on Teaching Nonfiction Revision appeared first on Heinemann Blog.


Maggie Beattie Roberts on Being Your Favorite Teacher

Heinemann author Maggie Beattie Roberts is our guest today on The Heinemann Podcast. I’m sure you think about your favorite teacher from time to time, but what can our memories do to inform our teaching? Heinemann Author Maggie Beattie Roberts thinks we can use these influences to help form teaching archetypes to better our practice. Maggie Beattie […] The post Maggie Beattie Roberts on Being Your Favorite Teacher appeared first on Heinemann.


Supporting Struggling Learners with Patricia Vitale-Reilly

On today’s Heinemann Podcast, Supporting Struggling Learners. How do we meet the needs of all our students while also meeting the demands of the curriculum? Every learner has strengths, writes Patricia Vitale-Reilly. She goes on to say, upon those strengths is where growth can occur. In her new book, Supporting Struggling Learners, Patty outlines 50 […] The post Supporting Struggling Learners with Patricia Vitale-Reilly appeared first on Heinemann.


Supporting LGBTQ Students and Teachers

Today on The Heinemann Podcast, how can teachers improve their practice around LGBTQ needs in the classroom? It’s October 11th, National Coming Out Day. A day for those who identify as LGBTQ to be visible. A day to say you matter, you’re not alone. How can educators make their classrooms a safer place for LGBTQ students and […] The post Supporting LGBTQ Students and Teachers appeared first on Heinemann.


Take Charge of your Teaching Evaluation with Jennifer Ansbach

On today’s Heinemann Podcast, taking charge of your teaching evaluation. Evaluations can feel like a one-way street, with teachers feeling powerless. It doesn't have to be that way, Author Jennifer Ansbach writes about how we can take charge of evaluations by keeping the focus on student learning. In her new book, Take Charge of your Teaching Evaluation, she […] The post Take Charge of your Teaching Evaluation with Jennifer Ansbach appeared first on Heinemann.


Embarrassment And the Emotional Underlife of Learning By Tom Newkirk

On today’s Heinemann podcast: Embarrassment. We’ve all been there. In the dead of night, lying awake, replaying that one moment over and over again in our minds. The daily mistakes we make, both large and small, are part of what make us human, and yet, are often impossible to forgive ourselves for. In his new book, […]


Back and Forth: Using an Editor’s Mindset to Improve Student Writing

Editors are the crucial, unseen collaborators of published writers. In her new book, Back and Forth: Using an Editor’s Mindset to improve Student Writing, Heinemann author Lee Heffernan describes adopting that role in her classroom and how it helps student-authors dig in and produce dramatically better writing. Lee relies on both student-centered pedagogy and the experiences of […]


Motivated: Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In

Students tend to weigh the social risks before taking any kind of action in math class. Staying silent tends to feel safer. So it’s important to create climates where students feel a sense of belonging and want to join in. In her new book, Motivated, Ilana Horn explores connections between the five motivational features of […]


No More Telling as Teaching with Cris Tovani

When we rely on lecture to cover more content, we’re doing students a disservice. Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give students real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the ideas, skills, and practices we’re trying to teach. Authors Cris Tovani and Elizabeth Moje help us translate the time spent […]


Ellin Keene Reflects on Mosaic of Thought’s 20th Anniversary with Tom Newkirk

Mosaic of Thought, by Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmermann, became a runaway best-seller as the first book to explicitly describe the use and benefits of strategy-based comprehension instruction. To recognize the 20th anniversary of the book, Tom Newkirk, who served as editor, recently sat down with Ellin Keene to revisit how Mosaic of Thought came to […]


Dismantling Racism in Education

Not talking about racism is not a solution. How do we have this conversation and how do we unravel assumptions about racism? Even if you don’t have the expertise we can create safe space for the conversation. How do we get started and move forward? How can these talks bring us together? The Heinemann Fellows […]


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