March 7, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Preview now: What's Right About Wrong Answers
2.  The dos and don'ts of anchor charts
3.  PD Corner: Chart learning

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1) Preview now: What's Right About Wrong Answers
What's Right About Wrong Answers, by Nancy C. Anderson "You can't learn to hit a three-point shot without missing a lot of shots. You can't learn to play a piece of music correctly without striking a lot of wrong notes." And, as Nancy Anderson explains in What's Right About Wrong Answers, "You can't learn math without making mistakes."

Each of the twenty-two activities in Nancy's book focuses on important ideas in grades 4‑5 mathematics. By examining comic strips, letters to a fictitious math expert from confused students, and sample student work containing mistakes, your learners explore typical math mistakes, reflect on why they're wrong, and move toward deeper understanding.

Each activity includes a summary of the mathematical content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, reproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools, as well as suggestions for implementing the activity.

Preview the entire book online now:

What's Right About Wrong Answers?
Learning from Math Mistakes, Grades 4‑5
Nancy C. Anderson
Grades 4-5 • 136 pages • $23.00
Preorder now • Available late March

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2) The dos and don'ts of anchor charts
Debbie Diller on anchor charts In Lesson 4 of her new online workshop, Growing Independent Learners, Debbie Diller talks at length about how to create effective, visually appealing anchor charts that are easy for students to use and support them in their learning.

Watch this short video in which Debbie talks about how anchor charts have evolved and how she plans and creates them with students:

Growing Independent Learners Online Workshop, by Debbie Diller Sign up for Debbie's ongoing, self-paced online workshop and observe her work with teachers in classrooms as she develops meaningful, standards-based literacy work stations for K‑3 students:

Preview Lesson 1 for free here:


3) PD Corner: Chart learning
Children should leave school with a sense that if they act, and act strategically, they can accomplish their goals.
—Peter Johnston, from Choice Words

Charts give students agency. But what do you do when you run out of room or move on to the next concept? Jen Roberts, coauthor (with Diana Neebe) of Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning, set up an online curation space for classroom charts:

Charts have purpose. Be intentional when charting learning. Teacher Shari Frost reviews three types of anchor charts at Choice Literacy:

Principal, writer, and speaker Roz Linder offers practical charts on her blog. Find a variety of examples from mnemonics to interactive charts which capture and monitor students' progress:

Growing Independent Learners, by Debbie Diller Master teacher Debbie Diller includes a rich array of classroom charts in her latest book, Growing Independent Learners. Debbie demonstrates how charts build independence as students move from explicit instruction to independent practice in centers:


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Contributing writer: Lee Ann Spillane

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