Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning
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Stenhouse Honors Teaching
Stenhouse provides quality professional learning resources by teachers, for teachers. All of Stenhouse’s resources, ranging from literacy and math instruction to classroom practice, are grounded in a philosophy of education that respects both teacher and learner. They are designed to integrate theory, research, and practice in an accessible manner, enhancing educators’ professional knowledge and building their students’ skills as readers, writers, and thinkers. Stenhouse is a subsidiary of Highlights for Children.
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As Buckley shares, “Every day we ask young children to respectfully converse, question, debate, and collaborate about literature, science, math problems, history, and more. That’s sophisticated stuff and requires sophisticated skills. Social and emotional skills are essential to helping children communicate their knowledge and articulate their questions. We must teach students how to build respectful, caring classroom communities, where students are supported and fully engaged in the learning and everyone can reach their potential.”
In this fresh and original book, Buckley captures the humor, wonder, honesty, and worries of our youngest learners and helps teachers understand how to harness their creativity and guide their conversations toward richer expressions of knowledge. Teachers of special populations will especially appreciate Buckley’s successful strategies for reaching English language learners and children from high-poverty homes who may not have strong foundations for academic discourse.
As Buckley reminds us, “By understanding one another—orally and socially at first, then using those community-building exchanges to strengthen the skills of reading and writing—we experience the authentic pride and sweet joys of learning, understanding, and connecting to one another.”
About the Author
Mary Anne Buckley has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. She is also the youngest of six siblings from a loving and goofy family. “We shared intellectual, creative, and social highs and lows around the dining room table every night. It was the first Friendship Workshop.”
Mary Anne attended Vermont College to learn how to write children's books. "I love the power picture books have to explore, illuminate, and strengthen our connection to each other. I soon realized how much I wanted to be a direct partner with children as they discovered the joys of learning.” She went on to combine her education with her personal meditation practice to help children become more aware: aware of reading strategies, aware of math solutions, aware of the world around them and within them. "We all have an inner voice telling us a story of how our life is going. Becoming aware of that voice, and discerning when it helps us and when it limits us, is vital to social, emotional, and academic success."
Mary Anne lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York and teaches kindergartners and first-graders in her multi-age classroom.
- Publisher : Stenhouse Publishers (February 16, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 198 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1625310110
- ISBN-13 : 978-1625310118
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 0.57 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #405,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Sharing the Blue Crayon, I had a hard time finding exactly what I needed quickly. Each chapter is titled by a quality that is supposed to be good for students, but after that, you have to skim until you find what you're looking for. Many of the headings are cutesy bits from the many personal stories contained in the book, and have no meaning to readers.
I also found the many personal anecdotes to be overly polished and too-perfect. None of them seemed as if they really came from the mouths of children. There were so many shiny personal stories that the book actually seemed more like it was a book detailing how awesome, kind, and patient the author was. Because of how perfect and unreal it seemed, I found a very hard time connecting with the author and what was written.
There was one bit of the book that I found interesting and new-- the idea of having a weekly friendship workshop to practice social skills as group. It's also mentioned that friendship workshop will help students become a community. However, this is mentioned very early in the book, and there's very little to go on besides a brief list of books for each quality or skill. While teachers are busy and have many demands placed on them, I wish the whole book had fleshed out the idea of friendship workshop, rather than silly personal stories and how to incorporate social-emotional skills into the rest of the day. One time a week for friendship workshop is doable, and I would have loved to see more!
Overall, I am annoyed with myself that I spent money on this book. I really wanted to love this book, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one at all. Too confusing, insincere anecdotes, and not enough detail in the interesting parts. Save your money on this book and don't buy it. Looking for a better book to build social skills and classroom community? I found The First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete to be much more useful by far.