May 15, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Shake up your writing instruction
2.  Free webinar: Powerful lesson closers
3.  Why do you love to teach?

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1) Shake up your writing instruction
Renew, by Shawna Coppola Relax and enjoy an afternoon's reflection on how to break out of rigid prescriptions and orthodoxies that limit writing instruction.
—Thomas Newkirk

Shawna Coppola's new book, Renew!, is built on the premise that our students are ever-changing. While there's nothing inherently wrong with relying on instructional strategies that have worked in the past, Shawna challenges writing teachers to rethink and revise their practice regularly.

Shawna uses a framework of Rethinking, Revising, and Renewing to examine the most pervasive educational practices in writing instruction and to help ask the questions necessary to revise them so they are effective for all students. She goes on to examine what it means to write, the tools typically used to teach writing, and how writing is often assessed. She also offers ideas for how teachers can nurture their own writing lives and thus reinvigorate their teaching.

Preview the entire book online now:

Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher
Shawna Coppola
Foreword by Thomas Newkirk
Grades K-8 • 128 pages • $16.00
Available early June • Preorder now Shawna Coppola

Watch Shawna talk about why it's important for every teacher to have a mentor:



2) Webinar: Powerful lesson closers
Tracy Zager Teachers often invest a lot of time in creating an engaging opening to their math lessons--but what about a powerful ending? Watch this free webinar with Tracy Zager as she discusses lesson closings that help students gain a broader perspective on their learning, make new connections, cement understanding, and generate new questions:

Preview Tracy's new book, Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had, in its entirety online:



3) Why do you love to teach?
For Teacher Appreciation Week we asked four of our authors what makes them passionate about teaching. Watch as Stacey Shubitz (Craft Moves), Paula Bourque (Close Writing), Jennifer McDonough (Conferring with Young Writers), and Katie Cunningham (Story) talk about their love of the classroom:

We also enjoyed hearing from many of you on our Facebook page and blog about why you love to teach. The winners of the $100 Stenhouse gift certificates are Dorothy Rice and Marielle Edgecomb.

Marielle said:
"I love the moments of struggle and discourse that turn into excitement and ahas. I love sharing ideas with colleagues and brainstorming possibilities where none are supposed to exist. I love showing kids that they can when they had previously believed they could not."

Dorothy's comment:
"I love teaching because I am able to teach those kids that others think aren't smart, those who look at themselves like they are less than the normal students. I am able to come to work every day and it is a new adventure into my teaching and my students' learning. I teach special education students and I wouldn't want to teach any other group of kids. These kids come with an open heart and just want to be loved and treated like any other kid."


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