June 15, 2018  •  In This Issue:

1.  Adding Talk to the Equation: new format and price
2.  Summer reflections and resolutions
3.  PD Corner: Personalized learning
4.  What they're saying about...

A good education is another name for happiness.
—Ann Plato

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1) Adding Talk to the Equation: new format and price
Adding Talk to the Equation, by Lucy West Author Lucy West believes that teachers need to understand what their students are thinking as they grapple with rich mathematical tasks, and that the best way to do so is through talking and listening.

Her book Adding Talk to the Equation is now available in a new format and at a lower price. Check out the book preview and watch a video of Lucy in a real-life classroom where students stay motivated about learning and ultimately deepen their understanding:

Adding Talk to the Equation
A Self-Study Guide for Teachers and Coaches on Improving Math Discussions
Lucy West
Grades 1-8 • 88 pp/paper with 60 minutes of online video
$23.00 • New format available early July • Preorder and preview now


2) Summer reflections and resolutions
Martha Rush Martha Rush, author of Beat Boredom, offers her reflections on ending the school year on a thoughtful note:

Lisa Lucas If you've made a resolution to be more present as a teacher, Lisa Lucas (Practicing Presence) can help. Check her "present-moment" strategies on the Stenhouse Blog:

See Lisa on video and preview her new book:


3) PD Corner: Personalized learning
What is personalized learning? How does it compare with other styles of learning? And what are the varied opinions on it?

Dale Basye's article online at ISTE explores the differences between personalized, differentiated, and individualized learning:

This EdWeek commentary by Natalia Kucirkova gives an overview of some of the issues concerning technology-driven personalized learning:

Check out three students' experiences in this piece from EdWeek:

The Hechinger Report covers "the massive personalized learning experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed":

Explore student "agency, voice, and choice" in schools that are focusing on competency learning:

How Can I Support You? by Mark Overmeyer For a different approach to personalized learning, listen to Mark Overmeyer talk about peer conferences—one of many in his video, How Can I Support You?:

Crucial to personalized learning, conferring carries its challenges. Don't miss on-demand videos from Stenhouse that provide clear examples of how to confer with small-groups and individual students:


4) What they're saying about...
Fair Isn't Always Equal, Second Edition, by Rick Wormeli "This is a book to work with, to take chapter by chapter and use to assess your own assessment and grading practices." Read this review of Rick Wormeli's Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Second Edition at MiddleWeb:

Beat Boredom, by Martha Rush Beat Boredom is an "invaluable resource for teachers who want to take their craft to the next level of proficiency," says this School Library Journal review:

Patterns of Power, by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, is "amazingly thoughtful, creative, and immediately helpful," writes Kathleen Sokolowski at Two Writing Teachers:


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