Monday, September 1, 2008

Resource updates

Debbie Miller's new book, Teaching With Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5, is now available from Stenhouse. However, you can read the book in its entirety online! Just click the link above and scroll down to the linked table of contents.

From the Stenhouse website, "While Debbie's previous book, Reading with Meaning, chronicled a year in her own classroom, Teaching with Intention brings us into classrooms of teachers and children she has met over the last five years in her work as a literacy consultant. From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why. At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning, and includes key questions to guide them in this important process."

Listen to an interview with Debbie Miller from Choice Literacy.

The Stenhouse Blog features articles by Stenhouse authors along with audio, video, and print interviews on a variety of subjects. A recent post titled How Would Debbie Diller Redesign your Classroom is based on author Debbie Diller's new book, Spaces and Places which presents ideas teachers can use to better manage the classroom and support student learning and independence. In the blog post, "Diller has set up an online Flickr gallery where you can upload photos of your classroom, as well as post questions and comments on others’ photos. Diller will select three photos of whole group areas that have been submitted to the gallery and will provide her own advice on how the area could be redesigned to provide a more comfortable or productive space for children." If you are among the first ten to upload a classroom photo, Stenhouse will send you a free copy of any Debbie Diller book.

Notes from the Horn Book has an excellent August issue! Annotated, themed lists include books about the outdoors, books for your "space chimps," and back to school. New chapter book reviews and one question for 5 authors (what are you reading this summer?) round out the issue.

Also, the school themed September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine is out and selected articles and web-extras are online. Be sure to take the CLAT: Children's Literature Application Test designed by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman (if you tell me your score, I'll tell you mine:-).

Booklist's Read Alert includes featured articles and book reviews on books about sports.

The CLCD newsletter has themed booklists on Johnny Appleseed, Grandparents' Day, and The White House and author features on Kathi Appelt, Andrew Clements, and Ann Whitford Paul.

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