The conversations from week one have been amazing. I am so thankful for the opportunity to connect with so many smart educators. The idea of all of us reading one book and learning together is such a smart lesson that I am already thinking about as a teacher. Some times the best learners are not always in front of you. Expanding students' voice is so important and as I think about Chapters 3 and 4, I am focused on how I can accomplish that goal when I return back to school.
Chapter 3: I had an AMEN! moment as I read p. 37 about sitting on your couch with a pile of notebooks and a feeling of dejection. I wish I could say that feeling goes away but it doesn't even after teaching 28 years. When I reflect on the layers of learning my students do each day and how I weave in "brain breaks" and tried to diversify activities so they are constantly moving/talking/sharing. I am going to add the idea from p. 42 "During the end of class, ask students to talk...which strategy they used during class ..." I am excited to change the closing few moments of each class.
Chapter 4: Rigor has almost became a new buzz word lately. The definition seems to ebb and flow in my opinion. As I read p. 55 "We create a learning climate where students see the steps needed to tackle the tasks in front of them...." I am thinking about micro-progressions and how I want to work with my fifth graders to create them. Thinking about the different levels of learning and allowing every student an entry point. I am excited for my AMEN moments and having my students more actively involved in their learning.
A huge thanks for all the comments and conversations. I am always thankful for my PLN and the opportunity to learn side by side. Thanks to