December 1, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  ICYMI: Live from NCTE, it's Stenhouse!
2.  How Regie Routman creates a thriving learning environment
3.  Teacher self-care strategies
4.  PD Corner: Teaching the hard to reach

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1) ICYMI: Live from NCTE, it's Stenhouse
We hope you had a productive and energizing time in St. Louis if you were able to make it to NCTE. We had fun recording two Facebook Live sessions during the conference. Ruth Ayres and Shawna Coppola

Ruth Ayres sat down in our booth with Shawna Coppola to chat about Ruth's new book, Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers:

Preview Ruth's book online:

Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca And Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca enjoyed a power breakfast with their latest book, Patterns of Power:

A preview of Patterns of Power is now online as well:


2) How Regie Routman creates a thriving learning environment
I would like to see as a requirement that the content we teach—and how and why we teach and assess it—promotes a love of learning; that our instruction and the experiences we provide students inspire them to inquire, seek more knowledge, ask deeper questions, and go on learning.
—Regie Routman

Literacy Essentials, by Regie Routman In this excerpt from her new book, Literacy Essentials, Regie Routman shares her ideas on why it's important to instill a love of learning in all students. In the "Take Action" section of the chapter, she invites teachers to share their passion, to provide more choice, and to make the curriculum relevant to students. Preview the chapter, as well as the table of contents:

Preorder the book now; copies will start shipping January 2:


3) Teacher self-care strategies
Tune in for this weekly radio series on VoiceEd Canada with author Lisa Lucas, whose book Practicing Presence is now available. In the first of the series, she talked about why self-care for teachers is important:

Practicing Presence, by Lisa Lucas For future episodes, tune in Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. ET:

And preview Lisa's book online:


4) PD Corner: Teaching the hard to reach
Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.
—Christa McAuliffe

Listen to master teacher Ron Clark talk about engaging hard-to-reach kids with passion and tough love in this podcast from Vicki Davis:

Teachers may not be able to promote a "pet-friendly" classroom, but there are 29 other strategies to try to bring the hard to reach into the action. Check the list of "30 Ways to Motivate Employees" at iActionable:

Create reading and writing success connections with hard-to-reach kids by focusing on effective craft moves. Use reading and writing processes in parallel and praise each accomplishment. Teacher Jacqueline Raphael describes how in this blog post from Northwest Matters: Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers, by Ruth Ayres

Preview the new book Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers by Ruth Ayres for a moving, personal account of the power of writing to heal students from difficult backgrounds:


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