Two literacy advocates with a deep passion for books, bestselling author Donalyn Miller and fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, showcase the power of children’s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children’s meaningful engagement with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities. Game Changer! provides years of independent-reading, classroom-program knowhow and research for educators at every level.
I've had the opportunity to speak at various colleges around my state this year. Although each campus has its own flavor, I am guaranteed to be asked one question at some point in my visit—usually from a student teacher. Although it comes in many forms, it goes something like this: “I'm student teaching. Whenever other teachers in my building find out I’m going to become a teacher they ask why. They say get out while you still can.”
Although I disagree with the statement, the question is necessary—why are you teaching? My why comes in two parts: it’s for myself and my students.
Despite strapped budgets, school leaders are not without options when it comes to providing students with access to high-quality arts education, according to a freely downloadable guide published in 2018 by the ArtsEducation Partnership and the National Association ofElementary School Principals.
From the latest tech to the newest assessment trend, it’s difficult for classroom teachers to stay on top of everything. The Educator Innovation Lab is a place where teachers can identify an area of desired growth and then try innovative ideas in that area in the classroom.