From a young age children beg their parents, “Tell me a story!” The pull of a good story is irresistible. Author Susan Israel has found a way to apply the power of stories to professional development. Post a comment on our blog and win a copy of Susan Israel’s book!
It’s hard to believe, but the book Educating Esmé is ten years old. I remember reading this book for the first time and alternately shaking my head, giggling, and gripping the edge of my seat. More than anything, I wanted to spend an hour, a day, a week, or a year in that classroom. In case you haven’t read it, Educating Esmé tells the story of first-year teacher Esmé Raji Codell and her students in a Chicago public school. While her approach isn’t exactly by the books, Esmé certainly is effective and inspiring.
Learning® magazine’s spring issue features This Is Your Life Cycle, which is new from Clarion Books. Written by teacher-author Heather Lynn Miller, the book invites students to join game show host Bob Beetle for a glimpse into the life of Dahlia, a dragonfly nymph. We asked the author about her background as a teacher, her writing process, how the book fits into the curriculum, and more.