April 26, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Which One Doesn't Belong? is 2017 Mathical Book Prize winner
2.  The evolution of Strategies That Work
3.  PD Corner: Engage the Brain

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1) Which One Doesn't Belong? is 2017 Mathical Book Prize winner
Which One Doesn't Belong? Congratulations to Christopher Danielson, whose book Which One Doesn't Belong? won the 2017 Mathical Book Prize. The award was presented to Christopher last weekend by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at the National Math Festival in Washington, D.C.

"For a number of years, I have longed for a better shapes book," said Danielson. "I wanted a shapes book that gives space for noticing relationships, asking questions, and thinking together. I designed Which One Doesn't Belong? to be an invitation to a mathematical conversation."

Christopher Danielson Preview Christopher's book online and order your copy with the accompanying teacher's guide:

We sat down with Christopher recently to talk about how the genre of children's shapes books can become a thoughtful challenge for students, teachers, and parents working together:


2) The evolution of Strategies That Work
Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis Stenhouse president Dan Tobin talked to Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, authors of the new, third edition of Strategies That Work, about how their thinking has evolved over the past 17 years and how that evolution is reflected throughout the book—including the updated subtitle: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding, Engagement, and Building Knowledge. In the second clip Steph and Anne talk Strategies That Work, 3rd Edition, by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvisabout the powerful contributions classroom teachers made to Strategies That Work.

Preorder the third edition of Strategies That Work (available summer 2017) and watch both clips:


3) PD Corner: Engage the Brain
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
—Helen Keller

Knowing how the brain works cultivates optimism. Share this summary from Brain Rules, by John Medina, with your team or use it to guide metacognitive discussions with kids about their learning:

LaVonna Roth shares how neuroscience changed the way she assigns homework in this podcast:

Students need brain breaks. Be brave when it comes to defending practices that build better brains. Measure what you do against ideas from "The Tyranny of Being on Task," by Andrew Miller:

Sharing the Blue Crayon, by Mary Anne Buckley Build social and emotional connections with kids and keep them engaged in class. Consider how you could adapt "The Friendship Workshop" from Mary Anne Buckley's book, Sharing the Blue Crayon:

The Daily 5, 2nd Edition, by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser In Chapter 3 of The Daily 5, Second Edition, The 2 Sisters talk about how current brain research helped them work with students to improve muscle memory, build independence, and increase stamina:


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Contributing writer: Lee Ann Spillane

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