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Katherine Mills Hernandez
Katherine Mills Hernandez grew up in Brooklyn and Haines Falls (in the Catskills), New York, and currently lives in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. From earliest memories, writing was a need, more than a passion, and journaling quickly became as routine as the midday meal. The classroom was the most exciting and challenging place for Katherine and she continues to thrive in classrooms as teacher and learner.
Not all students feel this way about classroom experiences. Katherine is determined to engage every student, to awaken their spirit, and ignite a passion for learning. She believes that classroom experiences must be relevant for students now, and should inspire their investment. A movement-rich environment helps, and incorporating student interest is essential. When students invest now, they experience deeper satisfaction with their effort and those efforts pay dividends down the road.
From New York University, Katherine earned a Master of the Art of Teaching degree, preparing her for challenges ahead. Her first six years of teaching were guided by the champions of literacy education at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. For nine years, Katherine taught approximately 90 students each year, grades 6 through 8, at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists, a public middle school in Manhattan. She also chaired the English department and served as teacher coach there.
After moving to the Poconos, Katherine served as consultant for TCRWP, travelling the country training educators to launch rich reading and writing instruction with TCRWP’s Units of Study. Simultaneously, Katherine worked for the National Writing Project, providing professional development for teachers of upper elementary students in a local public school district.
Katherine’s newest teaching adventure challenges her in new ways, with fewer students in a private school setting, and plenty of freedom to design curricula that stimulate life-long literacy and learning practices.
Discover what happens when your students step out of their daily routines and activate their engagement. Author Katherine Mills Hernandez argues that movement, talk, and the physical environment of the classroom all contribute and influence students’ learning. The ideas in Activate! will help you create a classroom optimized for deeper engagement and lasting learning.
No matter what subject you teach, Katherine invites you to shift your attention from what you are doing in the classroom, to what your students are doing as the catalyst for learning. She provides insights into instruction through real classroom lessons as she gives you the tools to better assess your students’ engagement and energy levels. The book describes practical ways to incorporate movement into the classroom routine, based on research on how an active brain generates true learning.
Katherine invites you into her own classroom by sharing vignettes from lessons and activities, opening up the pages of her own learning journal, sharing pictures from her classroom, and examples of classroom charts. She also provides a comprehensive bibliography on the research behind the science of movement and talk and how they affect learning.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
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