March 23, 2018  •  In This Issue:

1.  New from Linda Dacey: Why Write in Math Class?
2.  Why you should watch excellent teaching in action
3.  Reminder: Free webinar on how to boost your reading instruction, Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET
4.  Matt Kay on race and poetry

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1) New from Linda Dacey: Why Write in Math Class?
Why Write in Math Class? by Linda Dacey Whether you are a new teacher seeking resources to help shape your mathematical community of learners or a seasoned veteran looking to spice up your students' experiences, you'll find this book incredibly helpful.
—Mike Flynn, from the Foreword

Many teachers have created dynamic classrooms where math talk has become an effective and joyful instructional practice. Building on that success, the ideas in Why Write in Math Class? help students construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas. Writing also provides teachers with a window into each student's thinking and informs instructional decisions.

The book focuses on five types of mathematical writing: exploratory, explanatory, argumentative, creative, and reflective. Why Write in Math Class? will help you make connections to what you already know about teaching writing and build on what you've learned about developing classroom communities that support math talk.

Preview the entire book online now:

Why Write in Math Class?
Linda Dacey, with Kathleen O'Connell Hopping & Rebeka Eston Salemi
Foreword by Mike Flynn
Now available for preorder • copies will ship mid-April
Grades K‑5 • 176 pp/paper • $25.00


2) Why you should watch excellent teaching in action
We know that one of the best ways to improve collective instruction in a school is by watching excellent teaching in action and then applying these strategies to our practice.

In the third installment of our series by elementary principal Matt Renwick, read about how—and why—he encourages his teachers to observe each other in the classroom, based on the philosophy outlined in Regie Routman's new book, Literacy Essentials:

Regie Routman Regie recently wrote a column for MiddleWeb where she details 10 ways educators can build trust with their students in order to help them learn:

And finally, listen to Regie discuss her work on the popular Cornerstone for Teachers podcast with Angela Watson:


3) Reminder: Free webinar on how to boost your reading instruction, Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET
Have you ever felt frustrated when students don't apply the skills and strategies you know you have taught them? You might ask yourself, "Why is this happening? Why isn't my instruction transferring?"

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris webinar Through their work in classrooms across the country, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris have identified three elements that determine how well instruction transfers, and they will share them with you in this free webinar. You'll learn:
  • The most important part of any reading lesson;
  • Why instruction can fail even when a lesson is instructionally sound;
  • How to avoid unintentionally creating learned helplessness in readers.
Jan and Kim will suggest specific strategies that you can put to use immediately, and they will help teachers, principals, and administrators work together to create independent, empowered readers.

Jan and Kim are the authors of the bestselling book, Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More and the upcoming Who's Doing the Work? Lesson Sets.

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. ET

Who should attend: K-5 teachers, literacy specialists, principals, and district administrators.

To register:

Can't make it to the live event? Register anyway to get access to the archived version of the webinar afterward.


4) Matt Kay on race and poetry
Teachers can't afford to be quiet. None of us can...if we do not find a way to change the discourse about race, it will never get better. It will not naturally change. That's not the way history has worked.
—Matt Kay

Matt Kay Matt Kay, author of the upcoming book Not Light, But Fire was profiled recently in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He talks about slam poetry, race, and whether poetry can heal:

Stay tuned for more information on Matt's upcoming professional development book:


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