What should conversations about race look and sound like in the elementary classroom? How do we respond authentically and truthfully to children’s questions about the world? And how can we build classroom communities that encourage these meaningful conversations about race?
Matthew Kay and Jennifer Orr take on these questions and more in We’re Gonna Keep On Talking: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Elementary Classroom. A companion work to Kay’s Not Light, But Fire, this book focuses on the unique and powerful role discussions about race can play in the elementary classroom.
Drawing its title inspiration from the lyrics of the freedom song “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” sung by hundreds of children marching against segregation in what came to be known as the Children’s Crusade of 1963, We’re Gonna Keep On Talking is written for teachers who are willing to match children’s courage and brilliance, and who believe that “a foundation in meaningful race discourse will help [children] to seek justice for themselves and their neighbors, to be kinder, [and] more thoughtful.”
Writing with the humility and honest storytelling of two career classroom teachers, Matthew Kay and Jennifer Orr share:
Strategies for building safe and supportive classroom and school spaces for productive discourse
Dozens of practical teacher moves for facilitating race conversations
Classroom stories that allow readers to envision ways into the work through picture books, art, graphs, historical photographs, and current events
Tips for aligning the work of race conversations to your grade-level standards
Whether you are unsure of where to begin or looking to deepen your practice, We’re Gonna Keep On Talking will be your guide to the important work of race conversations in the elementary classroom.
Welcome to Reading Workshop
In Welcome to Reading Workshop: Structures and Routines that Support All Readers, Brenda Krupp and Lynne Dorfman bring their years of collective experience leading successful reading workshops to showcase the structures, routines, rituals, and behind-the-scenes decision making that will have your reading workshop running smoothly and effectively. Within the pages, you’ll find ways to effectively use self-selected reading materials, create mini-lessons, build time for reading conferences and small group work, and use assessments to guide instruction.
In this practical guide, you’ll find tips and ideas to make these techniques immediately attainable, including:
Recommendation lists from much loved books to classroom implementation suggestions
Easy to access video clips to extend learning
Expert contributions and tips from the field
A rich appendix with templates, lessons, and resources
Reflection questions to promote collegial conversations
Whether you’re a brand-new teacher or seasoned veteran, you’re looking to try something new or working on refining your current reading workshops, the authors welcome you to join them in an exploration of this powerful instructional model. Welcome to Reading Workshop will inspire you and your students with an excitement for reading that fosters engagement and builds life-long readers.
Finding a Place for Every Student
Based on extensive experience with students and her book Students at Risk, author-educator Cheryll Duquette offers an extensively revised text in Finding a Place for Every Student: Inclusive Practices, Social Belonging, and Differentiated Instruction in Elementary Classrooms. With a new focus on social belonging, this comprehensive resource includes tried-and-tested ways to work with students with exceptionalities, including autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, mental health issues, learning disabilities, behavior challenges, trauma, intellectual disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, giftedness, and low-incidence disabilities. Case studies illustrate how differentiated instruction can successfully work in real classrooms. Easy-to-implement instructional strategies with accompanying reproducibles make it simpler than ever to find a place for every student.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion