Connecting Comprehension and Technology which has been a great energizer for me as I continue to think about authentically integrating technology especially during reading workshop. Thank you to four super smart women: Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke. I loved how the book was organized. Having QR codes that allow a peak into the classroom was powerful as I am a visual learner. In addition, separating the book into primary and intermediate was extremely helpful. I read all the intermediate sections first but went back and read several of the primary sections. It felt like differentiated lessons with the same focus. Such a smart way to organize a book.
There were several big learning moments that pushed me to continue my thinking around collaboration in reading workshop. The biggest take away was a duh moment, but I am glad I had it. Sticky note thinking is limited to one individual student and when doing a whole class sharing only one person shares and 23 hopefully listen. My take away is how will I create a collaborative platform in my class? I liked the organization that Katie suggested: three groups of eight for a class of 24. Opening the conversation but not too big to overwhelm them. Right now I am considering Google but more blogs to come on that idea....still percolating.
The idea of back channeling is where I want to begin with our first read aloud. I am still thinking about how I want my students to have time to share questions, new thinking but also time to reflect on their own ideas. I am thrilled with the instructional shift knowing that I will not always be calling on one student to share but small groups will be connected. I am considering a reflection piece at the end of workshop where the students will write about their big learning, new vocabulary, or questions that they have about the story in their own reader's notebook. Bringing post it notes to life is going to totally change the sharing in our workshop -- I'm super excited.