Additional Resources

Topic Progress:

I hope that this module has helped you think about my intentions, questions, and decisions as I set out to develop classroom culture at the beginning of the year.  Throughout the topics, I’ve referred to resources that have inspired me.  Here, I’ve collected a few big ones.

Ralph Peterson’s Life in a Crowded Place, Herb Kohl’s 36 Children, and Vivian Paley’s You Can’t Say You Can’t Play are all classic texts about building communities that I think are still worth returning to.  I find that Seth Godin seems to be somehow aware of what I’m going through at any moment and has brief and insightful ideas to contribute to it on his blog.  A current blog I’ve started to explore is Classroom Communities.  Just about everything on the Opal School blog addresses this question in some way, but recent ones I want to direct your attention to include Setting Expectations and Focusing Our Intentions for a New Year.

I’ve been inspired and transformed by the research of Brené Brown.  If you haven’t explored them yet, her books and presentations are powerful guideposts for thinking about how we relate with others in ways that support courage and wholeheartedness.  On a similar note, Peter Johnston’s books Opening Minds and Choice Words have been important in thinking about the language I use.

Seminal books for me in thinking about the relationship between community developing literacy and include The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins, Ellin Oliver Keene’s Mosaic of Thought, and Matt Glover and Katie Wood Ray’s Already Ready.  Specific to Story Workshop, I encourage you to explore Opal School’s Equity and Access video series and text as well as our expansive dvd, The Geography of Story Workshop.

I’ve left the comments section open here. If there is a resource that is important to you related to establishing a culture of Story Workshop, I hope that you’ll add it to the list!

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