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Eyes Open Moment: Guiding Words

It was August 2020 and we were just stepping back into the classroom. What had been familiar and welcome for so long was suddenly a questionable space. I was lucky enough to work with a team of teachers dedicated to our students, and to each other, and devoted to making the transition into the unknown…

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Heinemann Blog: Start the School Year by Reflecting on Your Core Beliefs

“If you asked me what I value most in teaching, it’s listening to how children think. And one quick and easy way to see this is by opening up a space for them to talk and listening to what they say.” – Kara Pranikoff, author of Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking…

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Heinemann Blog: Starting The Year With Student Thinking

Written by Kara Pranikoff, author of Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation  Educators are granted the incredible gift of revision, a chance to reflect on and refine instruction year after year. Try again. Do over. Make better. At its core, education is a creative process, facilitated by a teacher and…

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Heinemann Blog: Breathing New Life Into the Talk in Your Classroom

Below, read the foreword to Kara Pranikoff’s Teaching Talk, written by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen. Sonja and Dana are the co authors of Teaching Interpretation: Using Text Based Evidence to Construct Meaning. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦  Kara Pranikoff is the literacy coach teachers and students all dream of. She’s a listener, an observer, and a…

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Heinemann Blog: Better Observation Through Listening

Excerpted from Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation by Kara Pranikoff  If you are interested in working on the talk in your room, the first step is to listen. All listening involves some level of bravery (it’s never easy to listen to yourself) and routine. It’s the only way to…

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Education Week: Ways to Implement Restorative Practices in the Classroom

The new question-of-the-week is:  What are practical ways to implement restorative practices?  There is more and more interest in moving away from “traditional” school discipline and toward restorative practices. This series will explore what that kind of shift can look like—in practical terms—inside our schools and classrooms.  You might also be interested in a very…

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Education Week: Effective Group Work Starts With Classroom Culture

The new question-of-the-week is:  How can teachers maximize student learning gained by group work?  Group work can be an engaging and academically rewarding instructional strategy—when done well. Of course, as with most instructional strategies, it can also turn into a disaster when done poorly.  This series will explore how teachers can increase their odds of…

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Education Week: ‘Building Relationships With Students Is the Most Important Thing a Teacher Can Do’

The new question-of-the-week is:  What are the best ways to build relationships with students?  Response From Kara Pranikoff  Kara Pranikoff is a elementary school teacher at a public school in New York City. Her book, Teaching Talk: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Thinking and Conversation (Heinemann, 2017) shares many ways to keep the balance…

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Book Contribution: “Elevating Equity and Justice” by Robert Kim

If you ask my students what is most important to me as a teacher they will undoubtedly say safety first and, at a close second, that they are kind. While I care a great deal about academics and run a second-grade classroom that aims to challenge all learners, I never lose sight of the fact that I am raising…

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