Thanks to Cathy Mere and Michelle Nero for hosting our conversations as we learn from Vicki Vinton‘s latest book Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading.
I’m always searching for the answer. I know after teaching 29 years I won’t find the answer; however, I will learn nuggets to help me shift and continue to grow in my practice. But I really want answers, I was on a mission. Speed reading for the practical applications.
“I am going to ask them to do something readers always do….keep track of what they’re learning or figuring out what they’re curious about.” P. 92
“I’m hoping students will feel the thrill of finding answers to their questions….” P. 95
“Jot down their thoughts about the low-stakes prompts that I crafted.” P. 100
Thinking Deeper Nuggets
I am desperately thinking about read aloud for the upcoming year. I often go back to one of my favorite books: Who’s Doing the Work? After reflecting, reading blogs and having discussions, I believe I am doing most of the work with read aloud. I thought I was modeling how readers show their thinking, by discussing and writing my thoughts on chart paper. Recently I have become more aware that I am doing most the talking and writing. Isn’t there a fine line between modeling and scaffolding? While reading this book, that line is getting blurrier for me.
How do we build the “thrill” in our students? Isn’t that internal within our students? My goal for each mini lesson is to have an opportunity for my learners to have an opening in which they can become stronger in their knowledge. Last year, I focused on having windows especially with my classroom library for all my readers. A personal goal is that my readers will find a thrill within a picture book. I have been involved in mixed conversations (even sometimes a debate) when discussing internal motivation “thrill” for learning. I often become quiet and listen trying to grab a nugget that will help me with this idea of creating a thrill for learning. I am curious - have you noticed a shift in your learners?
I appreciate the conversations and the twitter feed that supports #cyberPD. It's satisfying to know that when I place my thinking on my blog that where will be an active conversation. I am excited to leave comments for other bloggers and continue to learn side by side with you.