August 30, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Quick, practical ways to know your writers better
2.  For teachers who dread math, finding a better way
3.  PD Corner: Get moving

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1) Quick, practical ways to know your writers better
A Closer Look, by Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty Lynne and Diane provide tools, anecdotes, and ideas that will support writing teachers of all grade engaging read and must-have book for teachers who want to see more growth in their students' writing.
—Cris Tovani

In their new book, A Closer Look, Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty provide the tools and strategies you need to use formative assessment in writing workshop. They share methods for collecting and managing information, and show practical, simple, and concise ways to document student thinking.

Quick, easy-to-manage methods emphasize that formative assessment doesn't have to take a long time to be worthwhile and effective. In the accompanying online videos, you'll get to observe conferences with individual writers, small groups, and whole groups. And vignettes from classroom teachers, principals, and authors add a variety of perspectives and classroom experiences on this important topic.

A Closer Look helps you make writing a vibrant, energetic part of the day. Preview the entire book online now:

A Closer Look
Learning More About Our Writers with Formative Assessment
Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty
Foreword by Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
Grades K-6 • 200 pp + online videos • $23.00 • Available mid-September


2) For teachers who dread math, finding a better way
Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had, by Tracy Zager "Many teachers suffer from the same math anxiety and general discomfort with the subject as their students," says Tracy Zager in a recent article published by KQED/MindShift. Tracy offers up some stories of teachers who overcame their dread of math and talks about her book, Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had:

Tracy Zager video Preview Tracy's book online:

And watch our latest video with Tracy as she works with students and teachers in Rollinsford, New Hampshire:


3) PD Corner: Get moving
Kids aren't meant to sit still all day and take in information...adults aren't wired that way either.
—Steve Boyle

In case you missed "Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class" by Donna De La Cruz, read it here and review how movement energizes the brain and learners:

The physical therapists at Seek Freaks distill the importance of movement to the brain and learning in this infographic:

High school students need to move too. Check out this list of ways to get kids up and processing. Use activities as formative assessment and score bonus teacher points:

Starting with Comprehension, by Andie Cunningham and Ruth Shagoury Andie Cunningham and Ruth Shagoury share movement strategies that strengthen reading comprehension in "Using Movement, Mind Pictures, and Metaphor to Comprehend," Chapter 4 of their book Starting with Comprehension:
(Jump down to the Table of Contents to find the Chapter 4 link.)


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