It was a Sunday and 5:03 am.
Just like a kid getting ready for an adventure, I couldn’t sleep any longer. What to do?
The registration doors don’t open until 7:30. That would be 147 minutes of “me” time. My choice. My decision.
How do I decide? These are my “turn the page choices” but I have others on my Kindle that I can also choose from.
Here are just a few snapshots from Sunday, June 29, 2014.
New York City
The July 2014 Reading Institute began today with registration at 7:30 and then Lucy Calkins’ kickoff keynote. Who are we? The 1300 of us represent 41 countries and 46 states as Teachers, professors, editors, authors, superintendents, and coaches. Lucy quickly had us reading two coming of age works, a poem and a song, before she began to talk about how to lift the level of our teaching.
According to Lucy, we need to: 1) work on our reading and our teaching in order to “outgrow” our reading selves, 2) own our content, and 3) teach within a community of practice. The explanations, data, support, and stories were included in today’s #TCRWP twitter feed multiple times. Check it our online. Just know that Lucy’s final words were classic Lucy, “As you make your way back to the college, turn and talk and walk!”
Advanced Morning Section:
Accelerating Students’ Progress Along Levels of Text Difficulty: Guided Reading, Assessment Based Teaching, and Scaffolds for Complex Texts (3-8) Brooke Geller (@Brooke_Geller)
I have followed Brooke for quite awhile; however, on Twitter I had missed how funny she is. “Just add children” was one of the first quotes that I loved. The learning from this section is going to be helpful for me in multiple buildings this year. It was comforting to hear many of my beliefs affirmed, but it was also great to be working with song and video to “do close reading.” We worked as a group of three teachers to read through lenses, use lenses to find patterns, and used patterns to develop a new understanding of the text including authorial intent.
More details are available in the Twitter stream and note that my tweets from this session included both #tcrwp and @brooke_geller. If you are not following Brooke on Twitter, please do so. @brooke_geller
Twitter Meet Up Over Lunch
Over lunch Julieanne (@jarhartz) and I hung out in Everett Lounge for the Twitter Meet Up. Thanks, new followers and previous followers as well. It is always fun to meet Twitter friends in real life (f2f). Today was the only day that K-8 attendees had the same lunch so Rebecca Cronin was working on signing up more Twitter peeps.
Do note that the Trail Guide lists a session for Twitter newbies on Monday, June 30 in Millbank Chapel (1st floor, Zankel) entitled “Twitter is Your PD Friend: Ways to Use Social Media to Enhance Your Learning” with Amanda Hartman and Rebecca Cronin.
Advanced PM Section:
Social Studies Centers Can Lift the Level of Content Knowledge and Reading Instruction (3-8) Kathleen Tolan (@KathleenMTolan)
Kathleen covered a great deal of information about why and how to use centers during social studies (or science) as another way for students to read more across the day and access text chosen carefully for its content AND the reading skills included. My biggest “aha” was that reading workshop DURING social studies could provide a second time for reading workshop during the day. Keeping it simple and manageable would be one goal so you as a teacher would begin only with the number of centers that matched the number of teachers teaching the content.
Math Alert: So if only two teachers are working together, you would each be creating one center for two total. (Tricky part) But then you could have multiple copies of the same center so that ALL students are using those centers. This might be a way to consider beginning your center work.
What would this look like? My example: 24 students in the class. Put students in groups of 4. There are 6 groups total. (Knowing that some center work is done independently, other as partners, and still other as a small group.) The two centers are: “Life in the Colonies” and “Where Did They Come From?” Three groups would work on the “Life in the Colonies” centers and three groups would work on the “Where Did They Come From?” centers. So if I made the “Life in the Colonies” center, I would need to have 3 different sets of the same center. If Suzie made the 3 different “Where Did They Come From?” centers, Suzie would make 3 different copies of the exact same center.
What a great use of time! Reading, learning content material, and completing tasks while talking and writing a wee bit as well!
It was truly a pleasure to hear Amanda Hartman on the topic of, “A Session for Literacy Coaches: Staff Development Methods that Are As Essential to Professional Development as Mini-lessons and Conferring Are to Classroom Teachers.” Amanda shared many tips that were also tweeted out earlier today about the value of “voice over” and lenses or inquiry that might be considered for study. This is hard work but it is the right work and must be done by Teachers in order to set up a community of practice that will be successful. Not perfect.
Theme for today: A community of practice will help you make the changes you need as a reader and as a teacher of readers; don’t delay, begin NOW!
What did you learn about reading today?
Who will you share your learning with?
What will you do differently as a result of your learning?
And circling back around, what did I read this morning?
My favorite quote:
This is what kindness does, Ms. Albert said. Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.
Check out Jacqueline Woodson’s site here for additional information about this book and others.