September 20, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Resources for teaching empathy and compassion
2.  The power of peer mentor texts
3.  Getting to know you

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1) Resources for teaching empathy and compassion
It has been an unusually stressful summer, marked by political protests, nuclear threats, and natural disasters. These Stenhouse resources will help you build tolerant, caring, resilient communities inside and outside the classroom.

Black Ants and Buddhists, by Mary Cowhey Black Ants and Buddhists by Mary Cowhey offers a wealth of insight into the challenges of helping young children think critically about the world, and starting points for conversations about diversity and controversy in your classroom, as well as in the larger community.

Caring Hearts & Critical Minds, by Steven Wolk In Caring Hearts & Critical Minds, teacher-author Steven Wolk shows you how to help middle grades students become better readers as well as better people. Wolk demonstrates how to integrate inquiry learning, exciting and contemporary literature, and teaching for social responsibility across the curriculum.

Sharing the Blue Crayon, by Mary Anne Buckley Sharing the Blue Crayon by Mary Anne Buckley shows teachers how to incorporate social and emotional learning into a busy day and then extend these skills to literacy lessons for young children. She captures the humor, wonder, honesty, and worries of our youngest learners and helps teachers understand how to harness their creativity and guide their conversations toward richer expressions of knowledge.

Many Texts, Many Voices, by Mary Shorey and Penny Silvers As Mary Shorey and coauthor Penny Silvers write in Many Texts, Many Voices, "Critical literacy requires that the reader/consumer examine multiple perspectives and ask, 'Whose interests are being served?' and 'Whose voice is heard—or silenced?' Rather than an addition to a lesson or curriculum, critical literacy is a way of thinking, communicating, analyzing, and living a literate life."

Dream Wakers, by Ruth Culham In Dream Wakers Ruth Culham focuses her love of children's literature—and her decades of work developing the traits of writing—on books that celebrate Latino life and culture. She provides a wide variety of ideas to teach writing using some of the richest and most beautiful children's books available.

Teaching Globally, by Kathy Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder In today's globally connected world, it is essential for students to have an understanding of multiple cultures and perspectives. In Teaching Globally, editors Kathy Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder bring together fourteen educators who use global children's literature to help students explore their own cultural identities.

Creating Caring Classrooms, by Kathleen Gould Lundy and Larry Swartz Through active, engaging, imaginative, and open-ended activities, Creating Caring Classrooms shows how to encourage students to explore events, ideas, themes, texts, stories, and relationships from different perspectives and then represent those new understandings in innovative and creative ways.

Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World, by Kathleen Gould Lundy Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World helps teachers redefine an inclusive curriculum by questioning what is taught, how it is taught, to whom, and under what conditions. It offers teachers a wealth of challenging, open-ended pursuits that give students "voice" and help them better understand their world.

Matt Kay And finally, be sure to revisit our free online seminar with Matt Kay, author of the upcoming book Loaded Conversations. This discussion can help you not only navigate difficult conversations around race in your classroom, but also establish and nurture a safe classroom culture in which kids are encouraged to tackle the hard problems they encounter daily.


2) The power of peer mentor texts
"Nothing motivates like peer models," says Janiel Wagstaff, author of the recent book We Can Do This! Student Mentor Texts That Teach and Inspire.

In a recent guest post on the Stenhouse Blog, she shares one example of how a peer model influenced other writers in the classroom:

We Can Do This, by Janiel Wagstaff

Preview We Can Do This! in its entirety online:

And follow Janiel on Twitter.


3) Getting to know you
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris We recently had a chance to sit down with Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, authors of Who's Doing The Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More. They talked about the importance of taking the first few weeks of school to get to know your students as readers, learners, and as people.

Watch our conversation here:

Sign up here for updates on 90 lesson sets for teaching K‑2 reading based on Who's Doing the Work—coming in early 2018.


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