Monday, July 20, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
- "Each day they used a new tool because it fit their need or purpose at that moment."p. 28
- "They were using s particular piece of technology when it made sense for their learning." p. 28
- "I use tools in ways that extend, expand, analyze and record my reading." p. 29
- "Focusing on the learning rather than the tool created a more authentic workshop" p. 32
- "Students need us to help them navigate the strategies and habits..." p. 47
- "Sometimes the best strategy for a teacher is to simply get out of the way." p. 63
Knock me over as I read Ann Marie's tips....the idea of integrating tech tips into your weekly schedule. I have read about this concept in different formats and still don't find time in our classroom schedule. Last year, I did a much better job of building a Digital Menu. Introducing our class to a new tool allowing time for exploration and practice then allowing choice in the lesson. It was 50/50 some students went back to their favorite (Keynote, Explain Everything,Comic Life) others would try the new tool. This year I plan to do a combination of new digital tools and allow the students to choose which one they are an expert in and letting them teach it to their peers. Less reliance on me and more ownership on them.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
My professional book: READERS FRONT & CENTER by Dorothy Barnhouse is a grand slam for me. I've been struggling with my reading conferences and here are several ideas I'm lifting from this book which is why it s a home run.
- "I had fallen into the trap that if a student retells a story that means they are getting it" p. 16
- "So you're rereading to try to figure it out. That's a great strategy. What makes you think it's a ----" p. 18
- "Oh you're changing your mind: How come? What information in the text is telling you it could be a ----" p. 19
- Staying in a researcher mode is key to a conference. "What can I find out about this student as a reader?" p. 20
- "Every text has an opening that allows us to notice how our students are comprehending." Accepting this takes an enormous shift in attitude, frankly a text does have right and wrong answers. p. 22
Monday, July 6, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
It's been raining all week and if I was counting it probably rained all last week too. Rain slows me down and reminds me to take some time to do those projects that have been on the back burner for a while as of course gives me extra time for reading. Ii's been a fun week with our daughter home from Charleston with time to visit as we continue to build family memories. Both kids are home time weekend and this makes my heart warm. A mother never sleeps better when she knows both her children are at home - it's a true blessing that I never take for granted.
My next celebration is one of learning at home! Which is perfect for me since I chose to stay home this summer and not attend the summer conferences that I have typically gone too. It really is amazing that I could sit at home on my deck and feel like I was at Allwrite15 through twitter. I wrote several ideas in my WNB and tweeted out and felt like I was almost there. Perfect for me.
I'm also excited for virtual book clubs that I am gong to try and participate in this summer. #CyberPD has chosen Digital Reading by Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass. I'm on Chapter 4 and already taking notes and reminded constantly it's not about the tool it's about the learning. Secondly, though Facebook, I have joined a Notice and Note group which is going to read certain pages weekly and comment so we can all learn together. Virtual PLN at home in Ostrander-perfect for me.
Thanks to Ruth Ayre's for reminding us to celebrate every week. Her post today was a beautiful reminder about the importance of friends and our writing communities. Have a great week - stay dry or find a great book!!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
It's summer and the first full week has come to a close. It's interesting to me how time seems to slow down in the summer. The minutes move like a snail crawling across our garden wall. Each summer I appreciate that feeling more and more.
I am celebrating finishing my first book: a handful of stars by Cynthia Lord. It's a beautiful story about friendship, Lily and Salma. Lily lost her mom at a young age and lives with her grandparents who own the general store in a remote corner of Maine near the blueberry barrens. Selma is the daughter of a migrant family who comes in seasonally to pick blueberries. Their friendship includes Lily's blind dog, Lucky, and Selma's love of art which helps both girls achieve their goal. A few of my favorite lines I lifted include:
- "different is good it makes you pay attention."
- "sometimes life is like a long road leading from one "if" to another"
- "takes all kind of people to make a world"
- Beginning of the year with building community
- Math time with a wonderful part about how hard fractions are yet "That's math for you. But the good part is that once you learn it, it doesn't change. You always do it the same way."
- Writing Workshop: How Cynthia wove so many important facts to help the reader learn about blueberries and mason bees. Both of which I didn't know anything about.
- Reading: character development and how two main characters interact and the importance of secondary characters like her grandparents, Hannah and Dr. Katz (which was a fun play on words)
- Social Studies: an important message about migration and the idea of inclusion vs. exclusion.
- End of the year letting go and taking a small part with you
|Time to read, write and play with Ringo who is resting on the left.|