November 10, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  The antidote to your students' boredom
2.  Media literacy in the era of fake news
3.  PD Corner: Provisioning readers

Stenhouse Publishers
1) The antidote to your students' boredom
Beat Boredom, by Martha Rush Are your students bored? According to research, a majority of American high school students report being bored in class and fewer than 5% claimed that they were rarely bored during a typical day in school.

Former journalist and veteran teacher Martha Rush decided this would not do for her Minnesota students. Moving beyond asking open-ended questions and making connections to students' lives, she began to engage her government, journalism, psychology, and economics classes in meaty discussions, competitions, simulations, and authentic work, like running a newspaper or starting a business.

Building on her survey of more than 800 high school graduates, Beat Boredom offers up strategies in all subject areas for active engagement, moving way beyond traditional passive memorization of information. Martha describes how to create innovative experiences in your classroom, and shares her own lessons and her students' work.

Preview the entire book online and preorder now! Copies will ship in early December:

Beat Boredom
Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers
Martha Sevetson Rush
Foreword by Erik Palmer
Grades 9‑12 • 216 pp/paper • $24.00


2) Media literacy in the era of fake news
Erik Palmer "Teach students to be a little suspicious. Encourage students to resist the urge to uncritically accept click-bait headlines, but instead to read thoroughly and check the source," writes Erik Palmer in the current issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership. Erik offers practical classroom tips for helping students become media savvy in "The Real Problem with Fake News":

For more tips from Erik, you can also visit the Channel One News website where he talks about teaching media literacy and about how to maintain civility in debate:

Erik is the author of Good Thinking and Well Spoken.


3) PD Corner: Provisioning readers
Readers make the most progress when they "work" less and enjoy reading more...
—Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, in Reading Wellness

Provisioning your classroom library supplies your students for the journey ahead. Glean valuable ideas from "Provisioning Reading Workshop" from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project:

One way to add to your classroom library is by entering a contest or giveaway hosted monthly by Enter or just browse during a rest stop:

Fund your classroom dreams with Donors Choose. Not quite sure how to create and post a project? Laura Candler and Francie Kugelman talk you through it:

The more joyous the readers, the farther they travel. Once supplied, map out strategies to reach readers' North Stars with Chapter 6 of Reading Wellness, by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris:
(Jump down to the Table of Contents to find the Chapter 6 link.)

Who's Doing the Work? lesson sets, by Burkins and Yaris Sign up for updates on the new lesson sets for teaching K‑2 reading by Jan and Kim. Based on their book Who's Doing the Work?, the lesson sets will be available in early 2018 and will offer everything you need to help your students on their journey towards independent reading.


Stay connected to Stenhouse:       

Please send comments and questions to Zsofia McMullin, Newslinks Editor, at or call (800) 988-9812. View archives of past issues.
Contributing writer: Lee Ann Spillane

We encourage you to forward this newsletter to colleagues. To sign up for Stenhouse Newslinks, complete this form on our Web site or send an e-mail with your request to

This email was sent by:
%%Member_City%%, %%Member_State%% %%Member_PostalCode%% %%Member_Country%%
Tel (800) 988-9812 / Fax (800) 833-9164

This newsletter was sent to: %%emailaddr%%
Manage Subscriptions or Unsubscribe
Copyright © 2017 Stenhouse Publishers
Prices reflect a 25% educator discount off list prices and are subject to change without notice.