#DigiLitSunday: Fragile Earth


digilit Sunday Fragile Earth

What does the “science” say?

Seattle’s March for Science

New York City

Greenpeace – “9 Reasons to March for Science this Earth Day”

Mobile, AL

Boulder, CO

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Is it really black and white?

What if the Earth Treated us the way we treat the Earth . . .

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Link to watch the YouTube video here.

How do we know?

Here’s what NASA says and the graph on carbon dioxide emissions should REALLY get your attention!

What sparked global warming?

Burning carbon fuels, cutting down forests, . . .  link

Whatever the cause . . .

THINK . . .

Recycle

Reuse

Clean up after yourself

CELEBRATE . . .

Earth’s beauty

Earth’s mysteries

All living things

CONSERVE . . .

Ask yourself:

Is it really necessary?

Is there another way that is better for the planet?

Another way that is better for fellow mankind?

Am I leaving my “space” on Earth in better shape?

For future generations?

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What’s your plan for Every Day Earth Day?

 

 

 

 

 

#SOL17:  Structure


I had to go back. my fifth time to reread the opening chapter.  This is the first paragraph:

” She stood at the window of the Manhattan apartment, peeking through a slit In the drapes. Her hands trembled.”

I knew the “she” was Gabriela. That was obvious from the first reading. But what did I know about Gabriela. Or more importantly, what had I MISSED about Gabriela?

MY task . . . Self-imposed . . . To make sense of Jeffery Deaver’s The October List. 

I had already read the preview on my kindle. I was going to check the library for a print version, but there it was at eye level at the Dollar Store with a $3 yellow sticker.

The inside flap:

“Gabriela waited desperately for news of

Her abducted daughter.

At last, the door opens.

But it’s not the negotiators.

It’s not the FBI.

It’s the kidnapper

And he has a gun.”

How did Deaver create suspense?

He chose Structure.

He began with the ending and went backwards one scene at a time.

As a reader, I had to figure out which details were important in the past and where were the red herrings that led me off the path? Rocket science? No! BUt I was reading this book as I began Vicki Vinton’s,  Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Learning, and I did not want to merely read it as a “plot junkie” as mentioned in chapter five.  I wanted to consider HOW I deliberately made sense of this text in order to better inform my reader lay self (and perhaps borrow the idea for a longer writing task).

I started a list. Basic jots of key details.

I wished for a talking partner to share ideas.

I made some oral notes on my phone.

I began to look for patterns.

How much time and how many chapters elapsed between key details?

Tally marks were replaced with questions

And then with possible solutions.

But how could they be solutions when I already knew the ending?

Events revealed.

Important?

Too soon to know.

But the compelling story line . . .

Two days,

A mother, a kidnapped six year old daughter,

A half million dollar ransom

And “The October List” to be delivered within 30 hours

OR . . .

Narrative Structure?

Typical structures include:

Plot Line

Story Arc

Story Map

Sequential

Flashback

Episodic

Scene by scene

Beginning, Middle, End

How does an author decide?

And even more importantly, how does a reader make sense of the structure?

What works for you?

And thanks to fellow slicer”Arjeha”, I already knew the key to the Structure, but not the key to the kidnapping!  Check out additional slices at TwoWritingTeachers.wordpress.com

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: Service?


“I can understand complete sentences.  Please speak in complete sentences.”

Please connect me with a service representative.

“I can help you with that.

I need your first name and last name.

I’m sorry, I didn’t understand that.

Would you please repeat your first name and last name?”

First name. Last name.

Slower and Louder the second time.

“What is your billing address?

Please include your full address:

Street,

Apartment number,

Town,

State,

Zipcode.

Please clearly state your full address now.”

Full Address

“Please tell me the first name and last name of the person on the account.”

First name. Last name.

“And who am I speaking to today?

Please tell me your first name and your last name.”

First name. Last name.  A.G.A.I.N.  Seriously?

“What is the phone number associated with your account?

Please state the entire 10 digit number.”

Phone number.

“What is your account number?

This is the 10 digit number associated with your account.

There are no letters.

They are all numbers.

Please tell me if you need time to get your account number.”

Account number.

“How can I help you today?”

I have no phone or internet service.  Please connect me with a service representative.

“I can help you with that.”

Today is DAY NINE.  One service tech visit later and two hours of working internet.

One brief interlude.

Now gone.

Anatomy of phone calls . . .

The shortest time from a call to a “real person” is five minutes and two seconds.

And guess what that conversation is once I am connected to a “live” person:

“Could I have your first and last name?

Could I have your 10 digit phone number?

Can I have your address?

. . .

What is acceptable in terms of service response time?  

A lack of internet is a HUGE problem for me.

(Teaching an online class, work tasks, twitter, messages & pix from all) 

To Windstream?

Apparently not!

On the upside, I have read more in the last week.

On the downside, my patience with any technology issues is now -10 and dropping rapidly!

Advice?  Suggestions?  Similar situations?



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#DigiLitSunday: Digital Poetry


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What is digital poetry?

As technology evolves so does digital poetry.  The sky is the limit in poetry creation. Form, shape, music, movement, color . . . all of these add special dimensions to the written words of poetry.

The dance

The twist

The music

The tone

The lift

The chorus

The melody

The coda

All contribute to poetry!

Do you need further inspiration?

Check out this progressive poem and the new line added by Mary Lee Hahn –

poetry created digitally!


Resources to learn more about digital poetry:

Slam poetry

Digital poetry genre

Hypertext poetry

Poem Farm – Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

#SOL: Palindromes & Learning


And the landscape has changed:

I saw 15851 roll over today.

I did a little “cheer” as I traveled down the road.

But wait, you just cheered  167761 in this 13.31 post here.

“How did that work?”

Well, Friday afternoon after a week filled with 8 different PD sessions . . .

I stopped by my favorite car dealership just to see what was available.  I rode in one, contemplated several others, thought about my needs  . . .

And today I am back to new learning . . .

My Questions are many!

Which side has the gas tank?

How big is the gas tank?

Why doesn’t Toyota make headlights turn on automatically?

How do I sync my phone?

How does GPS work?

Where will I plug in my phone charger?

Where will I put my ID?

How will I organize my stuff?

And then my list:

sunglasses (HA – rain in the forecast for all week)

umbrella

electric wheel

speaker

insurance

At 15851 it still has that new car smell.

How long will it have that new car look?

How long will it have that new car clean?

(And as far as I know . . . it does not TALK to me!)



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#DigiLitSunday: Why?


 

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     Why?

Three simple letters

One short little word

“For what purpose?”

“Help me understand!”

“For what reason?”

Why . . .

Never confused with my cousins

The other 4 W’s and the H

Who?  What?  Where?  When? and How?

One little word that asks you to DIG deeper!

Simple

Elegant

Requires thinking

Requires time to reflect

Requires student work!

why one

An amazing question:  Why?

In order to have life-long learners, we must ensure that curiosity is front and center for our students.  Students should be asking questions (and seeking answers) every day. (Ask and answer questions – CCR.RLK.1. Standard) Multiple questions. Every day.  Wonderopolis may be a source of more student choice and voice in the topics explored.  However, even during reading and writing workshop students need to be asking questions.  Questions are a source of learning if one is confused, one is clarifying, one is making connections to real life.  In student-centered classrooms, student questions should be as necessary as breathing if students are doing the work!

why two

Why this instruction?

The instruction should support high levels of student learning.  The use of scaffolds can ease the transition to more difficult strategies or materials, but the ultimate goal is that students will be able to independently DO the WORK!  That means they need just in time instruction, that meets their needs, that increases in complexity and has student work and practice at the heart.  No boring monologues, no arts and craft instruction, no mindless worksheets.  Real questions generated by the students that they can and do answer.

why three

Why this assessment?

Assessment that measures learning, moves students forward, and informs instruction has to be a part of the instructional cycle that has students at the heart or center.  Educators must move beyond the “I have to use these assessments” to the ones that are pedagogically sound, that matter to students and provide clear evidence of student learning.  That takes teacher advocacy and teacher depth of knowledge of instruction, assessment and curricula.  There are no easy shortcuts in education and creating specific, engaging, real-world tasks are not easy but are so necessary for student learning.

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The  #1 Why:    The Ultimate Goal

Thinking

Student thinking

Every day

Not mere regurgitation

But taking ideas,

Creating

Innovating

With  the goals of

Student Thinking!

Taking Action!

Shaping the World!

And their own Futures!

How do you use “WHY”?  

Why do you do what you do?

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#SOL17: It’s Time to . . .


time

It’s time to . . .

Write a slice and post it before the sun comes out.

Reflect on 32 straight days of blogging.

Read and comment on some student slices.

Add a video reflection to Kathleen’s flip grid.

Take a breath and choose one task to complete – something left to slide!

Comment on fellow “slicer” posts

Loudly and vociferously say

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To fellow “Slicers” for their love and support this month.

Bid Adieu to daily blogging but not to daily writing in order to keep those writing muscles in shape.

What will you say “goodbye to on this last day of slicing?  

What will you say “hello” to ?  

What will you be continuing to do as a result of this new and yet “different” writing for a month?


Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: And before that . . .


 

 

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Three deer strolled casually across the road.  I breathed a sigh of relief.  No slamming of brakes.  No sliding bags.  No coffee spilled.  I had already hit my brakes when the rear outer red lights flashed on the car in front of me.

And before that, I had just mentioned to a friend on Voxer that it was either

  0: dark : thirty OR

0: deer : thirty.

I guess I knew the most accurate time.  No rain so deer were moving.  Slow and steady for the next four miles down Deer Alley.

And before that, I had just commented on an open gate:  “Will those cows be out on the road, in the ditch, or behind the house?”

And before that, I was driving down the road en route to the office for my early morning appointment in the tech department.  I was sick and tired of issues with posting my slices 3/4 of the days of the March SOLSC.

And before that, I was racing Mya to the end of the driveway and amazed (daily) by the fact that her four legs regularly beat my four cylinder Vibe.

And before that, I was packing my work bag.

  • a Dell laptop
  • a Chromebook plus
  • an iPad mini
  • a Samsung phone

“Did I have all the necessary devices for the day?” I wondered.

And before that, I was enjoying a peaceful second cup of coffee.  Silence.  Coffee.  Peace. Thinking time.  No noise.  No devices.  No conversation with Mya.

And before that, I was packing my lunch of a granola bar and a turkey and jalapeno cheese wrap.  Plus a travel cup of coffee.

And before that, I was drinking that first cup of coffee for the morning. Savoring the smell of those coffee beans.  Hearing the drip.  And waiting eagerly for that first jolt of caffeine!

And before that, shower . . . shampoo . . . and the rest of the story is not available for print.

Do you always tell a story in chronological order?  

Have you tried reverse order?  

Does it feel uncomfortable to you?  

What structure might you try as an innovation?



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

#SOL17: Books I will read?


How many books do I read a year?

This sounds like a possible algebraic equation with:

a = the number of books purchased for demonstrations

b = the number of YA books purchased to read and/or share

c = the number of professional books read

d = the number of books reread

e = audiobooks, scripts, shorter print resources

In a simple world:

a + b + c + d + e  = the total number of books read.

Do I really keep track of my books?

no

Not at all!

Can I make a guess?  Sure!

Each week I probably read 2-3 kid lit books, 2-3 books for fun (often conspiracy theory books), and 1-2-3 professional books.  DISCLAIMER:  The professional books are not read from cover to cover all the time.  Often a professional book begins with one chapter here or another chapter there and then I dive in and read the rest of the book!

I love to read!

I love to read series books!  

I love to read!  

I love to read a lot!

So a blog post titled “How Many Books Will You Read Before You Die?” caught my eye.  My interest was totally due to the “How Many Books Will You Read?” part of the question.  I’m not interested in the last three words (although we have many more widows in my mother’s generation 5 and 0 widowers) because I’m really into living in the here and now (except for when my nose is in a book).

Interesting data categories:

Average reader per year = 12 books per year

Voracious reader per year = 50 books per year

Super reader per year = 80 books per year

Would you be an average reader?  

Would you be a voracious reader?  

Would you be a super reader?  

Would you be an “Extreme Reader”? 

As you are thinking about your category, consider the data in this chart.

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What do I see in this data?

 I think I need to increase my reading drastically.  I vote for a book or two EVERY DAY EVERY YEAR!  That would be a minimum of 3,650 books every decade or APPROXIMATELY 10,000 books left.  That’s better than being a 25 year old, don’t you think?

What books are on your MUST READ list?

How many books a year do you think you read?  

How do you keep track?



Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

 


My guesstimate =  Extreme Reader  = 300 books each year

I love to read.

I love to read a lot.

I love to read.

I love to binge read everything an author has written.

I love to read.

#SOL17: Memories


memories

Memories

Moments in time

Preserved

Perhaps captured with a camera flash

Or the stroke of a pen.

 

Memories

Moments in time

Experiences shared

As families, as friends, as spectators, as coaches

Preserved

Perhaps a story told

Or laughter shared.

Memories

Moments in time

Voices murmuring

Beckoning here and there

Preserved

Shared out loud

Multiplying our love!


How are you storing up each moment?  

How do you capture that smile, that glance, that word, that memory?


Thank you, dear friends, for all your kinds words, support and love these past few weeks,  There.are.no.words.to.express.the.depth.of.my.appreciation.

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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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