"How to Eat an Elephant One Bit(e) at a Time: Reading Complex Texts"

September 6, 2013 | by Kate Roberts & Maggie Beattie Roberts

There is a saying: “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” Attributed to Creighton Abrams, we have come to use this phrase to help us understand that any task, no matter how challenging, can be tackled bit by bit. The quote also reminds us that when we try to do too much at once, we run the risk of failure—or a serious case of lockjaw...  Read More →

"The Right Tool for the Job by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts"

June 1, 2016 |  by Kate Roberts & Maggie Beattie Roberts

“It’s time,” the nurse said as she poked her head into our hospital room. “Great!” we both said in unison, masking the understandable nerves felt by all new parents as they gear up to bring their newborn home for the first time. We went through the list aloud again: car seat? Check. Baby blanket? Check. Keys to the house? Check. We took a deep breath...  Read More →

"On Having Faith (and Teaching Reading) by Kate Roberts"

June 21, 2013 |  by Kate Roberts

It was the last period of the last day of my first year teaching. My homeroom was noisily exiting after what I thought was a very rousing exit speech and Alicia was the last to leave. She paused. For a moment I thought she might apologize – for the violent outbursts, or the obscenities, or the general disrespect. Or maybe, I thought, she was going to thank me...  Read More →




"Maggie Beattie Roberts on Being Your Favorite Teacher"  

Maggie Beattie Roberts is our guest today on The Heinemann Podcast. I’m sure you think about your favorite teacher from time to time, but what can our memories do to inform our teaching? Heinemann Author Maggie Beattie Roberts thinks we can use these influences to help form teaching archetypes to better our practice. 

Maggie Beattie Roberts began her teaching career in the heart of Chicago and then pursued graduate studies as a Literacy Specialist at Teachers College at Columbia University. She worked as a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for nearly ten years, where she led research and development in digital and media literacy, as well as differentiated methods of teaching. Maggie is currently a national literacy consultant, author and frequent presenter at national conferences. She is the co-author of DIY Literacy, and co-authored several Heinemann Unit of Study books on the teaching of writing.

When we started our conversation, I wanted to know, who was Maggie’s favorite teacher? Full transcript

"Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts on Close Reading"

Franki Sibberson chats with Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts about close reading in this 30-minute podcast.  Full transcript →

"Kate Roberts on Supporting LGBTQ Students and Teachers"

Today on The Heinemann Podcast, how can teachers improve their practice around LGBTQ needs in the classroom? It’s October 11th, National Coming Out Day. A day for those who identify as LGBTQ to be visible. A day to say you matter, you’re not alone. How can educators make their classrooms a safer place for LGBTQ students and why is it important for both LGBTQ teachers and students to see schools as a safe place? Heinemann author Kate Roberts and Heinemann Fellow Jess Lifshitz talk more about the importance for our classrooms to be safe places. 

"Christopher Lehman & Kate Roberts—Falling In Love with Close Reading"

Christopher Lehman & Kate Roberts join Justin Baeder to discuss their book Falling In Love with Close Reading.  View on Principal Center Radio →


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