March 30, 2018  •  In This Issue:

1.  How Many? A counting book that sparks rich math conversations
2.  Mentoring New Teachers Podcast: Social-emotional learning
3.  Reading pictures, reading words, retelling the story
4.  Engaging tuned-out teenagers

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1) How Many? A counting book that sparks rich math conversations
How Many? by Christopher Danielson How Many? is not like other counting books.

In How Many?, there are multiple things to count on each page. Students might count one pair of shoes, or two shoes, or four corners of a shoebox. They might discuss whether two shoes have two shoelaces, or four. They might notice surprising patterns and relationships, and they will want to talk about them.

In the accompanying Teacher's Guide, Christopher Danielson explores the deep mathematical ideas that will bubble up in a How Many? conversation, such as counting, number language, units, grouping, partitioning, place value, and vocabulary. Throughout, he shares stories and excerpts from real classrooms where he facilitated How Many? discussions.

How Many? by Christopher Danielson Danielson helps teachers anticipate what students might notice and gives practical suggestions for facilitating rich conversations. His interest in students' ideas is infectious, and readers will soon find themselves seeking out opportunities to ask young mathematicians, "How Many?"

Preview a portion of the Teacher's Guide:

How Many?
A Counting Book and Teacher's Guide
Christopher Danielson
Grades Pre-K to 5
Teacher's Bundle includes 112-page Teacher's Guide, 36-page hardcover student book, and access to digital formats
$25.00 • Available late April • Preorder now

Additional student books (also available late April):
Hardcover (single copy): $12.50
Paperback (5-pack): $30.00


2) Mentoring New Teachers Podcast: Social-emotional learning
Mentoring New Teachers podcast, episode 2 In the second episode of our podcast series focusing on mentoring new teachers, Stenhouse author Shawna Coppola (Renew!) continues her conversation with kindergarten teacher Laura. In this episode, Laura talks about the challenges she faces when it comes to facilitating students' social-emotional learning without being overwhelmed by behavior charts. Listen to the podcast:


3) Reading pictures, reading words, retelling the story
Gail Boushey In a recent interview on the PBS Parents website, Gail Boushey of The 2 Sisters talked about how reading pictures and retelling the story are valuable—if not integral—parts of the reading process.

"Many kids come to school thinking they don't know how to read. But we can tell them from the first day, 'You are a reader!'" says Gail in the article. Read the full text:

Daily 5 Classroom Library Collections Update your classroom library and go deeper with The Daily 5, Second Edition, and The CAFE Book by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, with this exclusive collection of fiction and nonfiction books for your classroom:


4) Engaging tuned-out teenagers
Martha Rush Listen to this 10-minute podcast with Martha Rush, author of Beat Boredom. Martha talks about how the opposite of "bored" isn't "entertained," but "engaged," and shares her strategies for tapping into teenagers' passions and emotions to get them more excited about learning:

Martha's book is now available. Preview it online:


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