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I am so excited to share with you the first sneak peek of my new math stations DVD. It’s been a labor of love — and it continues to be as I put the finishing touches on this great video. It should be available later this year, so if you would like to find out when it goes on sale you can sign up at the Stenhouse Publishers website and get a notification! I hope you are as excited about this as I am! Enjoy the clip — more to come soon!
Here is a great free PD opportunity for you, courtesy of Stenhouse Publishers: Starting Monday, June 25, they will be hosting their annual Stenhouse Summer Blogstitute. The Blogstitute will feature posts on writing, classroom talk, and math by several great authors, including Jeff Anderson, Mark Overmeyer, and Peter Johnston.
During the last week of the blogstitute you will have the chance to preview my Math Work Stations video that is still in production. So stayed tuned during the Blogstitute for the exact date when the sneak preview will air!
One of my favorite things to do at the annual IRA convention (which was in Chicago this year) is to look at all the wonderful children’s books for sale in the exhibit hall. This year I shopped with my daughter, Jessica, in mind. She is living and working in Little Cayman for 6 months. Lucky girl! It is for an internship she’s doing as a grad student at University of Florida where she is working on a Master’s in Ecology.
Part of the time Jessica works with students from ages 10-13 who come to LC on an overnight class field trip from the other islands. She introduces them to marine biology and conservation (and shows them the lionfish she’s studying). She is documenting her work here and just got a grant funded for an underwater video camera. I suggested she think about creating a science-related book with photos to use in her training with the kids here.
I could only choose a few books (because my suitcase in Chicago was already packed to the max), so I picked three:
· The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.
· Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs
· Manfish, A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne
Fortunately, I was flying to Little Cayman to visit my daughter the day after IRA! So when I arrived, I shared these titles with Jessica. She can’t wait to use the ocean ones with her kids. The snow book will be used as a mentor text for her. Who knows? Maybe she’ll be the next award-winning science writer for kids!
Even with all of the great technology around us, sometimes you just have to get back to the basics. That’s what I did last week with my Stenhouse editor Toby Gordon when we locked ourselves in a hotel room in Philadelphia to figure out the final structure of my new Math Work Stations video. Post-Its did the trick! That’s me in the picture, taking notes. Stay tuned for more!
I had a blast shooting my new math work stations DVD at Askew Elementary School in Houston recently. The students, teachers, and crew were amazing and I think you will all love the end product — due out in mid-2012. Here are some snapshots of what went on behind the scenes. Also check out this cute little story on the Stenhouse Blog about the shoot.
Have you been thinking about setting up a drama station in your classroom? Here is your chance to find out all you need to know about making this great station work for you and your students! Watch the video and then you can download two chapters from Practice with Purpose and Literacy Work Stations where I talk about setting up a drama station.
There is nothing like curling up with a good, old-fashioned print book, taking notes on the margins, and smelling that sweet smell of ink on paper. But I have to admit — when I am on the road, it can be nice to take books with me on an e-reader.
If you are traveling this summer, but would like to keep up with your professional reading, consider taking one of my books along in e-book format. Stenhouse makes all of them available in digital versions: Literacy Work Stations, Practice with Purpose, and Making the Most of Small Groups. Math Work Stations is also available in e-book format, exclusively on the Stenhouse site!
And if you still prefer the print book, but would like to keep up with the times, on the Stenhouse site you can buy the print book and get the e-book for just $5! It’s an easy way to give those e-books a try!