It’s Tuesday and time to share about a little Slice about my Life. I’m so thankful for opportunities to continue having professional conversations and questioning my practices. On Saturday, I attended the Dublin Literacy Conference. From listening to Kylene Beers and Bob Probst as they opened the day with their keynote. I was over the top with new learning. Questions were posed to the audience and my head just continued to nod up and down with agreement. My brain was overpowered with all the concepts.
As important to me, actually more important to me are the friendships that I have developed through Slicing, Celebrating and blogging. Saturday was about friendship and conversations. In all the sessions, leaning over and saying “What a smart idea!” as Kristin Ziemke talked about integrating technology with her first graders. Big take away moments included:
- Using text like "Thank You Mam" by Langston Hughes several times with several purposes
- Nonfiction strategies: The Three Questions from Beers and Probst new book
- importance of talk (what type of questions are we asking?) I need to really work on this
- teach students to "work around" an issue - there's more than one path to an answer both in text and having questions.
- modeling that teachers don't have all the answers
- importance of feedback from peers and how to model it (fishbowl)
- justification vs. explanation
As I read all of these take away moments, my thoughts are everywhere. I have learned over the years attending several conferences to choose one and start small. I chose the Nonfiction strategies - the three questions. I went home, rewrote my lesson plans, researched on line and jumped into the new learning together yesterday. It's so much fun when you attend a conference and you're automatically drawn in and ready to implement something new. Thanks to all the Slicers I always enjoy sharing a moment of my life and reading about a moment of yours.