Kristi’s Books

Kids First from Day One

A Teacher’s Guide to Today’s Classroom

By Christine Hertz, Kristine Mraz

The classroom of your dreams starts with one big idea. From the first days of school to the last, Kids First from Day One shares how to put your deepest teaching belief into action…

Purposeful Play

A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

By Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, Cheryl Tyler

Play is serious business.

Whether it’s reenacting a favorite book (comprehension and close reading), negotiating the rules for a game (speaking and listening)…

Who is Kristi Mraz?

Kristine Mraz is a teacher, writer, pun nerd and consultant. She is coauthor—with Christine Hertz—of the Kids First from Day One, which provides a practical blueprint for increasing the child-centeredness of your teaching practice. She and Christine previously teamed up for the bestselling A Mindset for Learning, which provides practical and powerful strategies for cultivating optimism, flexibility, and empathy alongside traditional academic skills.


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Mind has been blown by @HenryLienAuthor teaching us how demanding that stories have problems is a very (western) (biased) way to approach story. Diversity is bigger than the faces- it’s theme, structure and values. AMAZING

Idea for authentic and laid back grammar in primary:

2 sided schedule cards future and past made in interactive writing

“We will read”
Flip after reading workshop
“We read”

We will play
We played

Etc etc.

Welcome to Beyond the Letters! In this intro episode @MaggieBRoberts and I answer some questions about how this series will work, and our own stories.

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