May 11, 2018  •  In This Issue:

1.  Understanding resistance to change
2.  PD Corner: Stimulating student interest
3.  Teach Writing Well is here!
4.  The Art of the Blog

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1) Understanding resistance to change
Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
—George Bernard Shaw

Mike Flynn More than 300 educators filled the room at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) conference last month for Stenhouse author Mike Flynn's session "Understanding the Resistant Teacher: Changing our Narrative to Foster Stronger Relationships." Check out his collection of resources on what it takes to successfully make change happen:

Mike is the author of Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children and director of the Mathematics Leadership Program at Mount Holyoke College, which will be offering its ever-popular summer programs in July:

If you missed the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting, you can watch videos of key sessions (including ShadowCon) and access a complete list of session handouts compiled by Dan Meyer.

And check out the latest math books from Stenhouse:

Number Sense Routines 3-5 by Jessica Shumway Number Sense Routines
Developing Mathematical Understanding Every Day in Grades 3-5
Jessica Shumway
Foreword by Lucy West
Through familiar five-, ten-, or fifteen-minute warm-up routines, Jessica offers both beginning and veteran teachers easy and effective ways to build and solidify students' number sense foundations. A follow-up to her best-selling Number Sense Routines for grades K-3.

How Many? by Christopher Danielson How Many?
A Counting Book
Christopher Danielson
Student Book and Teacher's Guide
How Many? is not like other counting books. 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. The accompanying Teacher's Guide explores what deep mathematical ideas will bubble up in conversations.

Why Write in Math Class, K-5, by Linda Dacey Why Write in Math Class? K-5
Linda Dacey
with Kathleen O'Connell Hopping and Rebeka Eston Salemi
Foreword by Mike Flynn
Focusing on five types of writing in math (exploratory, explanatory, argumentative, creative, and reflective), Why Write in Math Class? help students construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas.


2) PD Corner: Stimulating student interest
Looking for new ways to stimulate student interest? Vanderbilt University has identified eight cues to draw students to the subject you're teaching: novelty, utility, application, anticipation, surprise, challenge, feedback, and closure:

Check out this list of 21 tips to improve engagement and motivation from Teach Thought:

High school teacher Jori Krulder is calling for an end to "fake reading" and offers five tips on how to get students to really read books:

To Know and Nurture a Reader by Yates and Nosek Do you have readers who pick the same book or types of books again and again? Are they in a rut or deeply engaged? Stenhouse authors Kari Yates and Christina Nosek (To Know and Nurture a Reader, coming in July) weigh in on how to tell the difference:


3) Teach Writing Well is here
Teach Writing Well by Ruth Culham Copies of Ruth Culham's new book, Teach Writing Well, are now shipping! In this new video, Ruth provides a great overview of the book, which shows you how to assess and teach writing in a way that's practical and doable—and best of all, produces results:
(Scroll down to view the video.)


4) The Art of the Blog
Veteran educator and elementary principal Matt Renwick has been blogging for years. He offers 10 tips for experienced and new educator bloggers in his latest post:

Literacy Essentials by Regie Routman Matt is hosting an online book study for Regie Routman's Literacy Essentials starting next week and running through June. Find out how you can join the discussion:


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