August #TCRWP Reading: Day 1

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Monday arrives with rain and yet the fire in my brain flames on . . .

Lucy Calkins keynote . . .

Laughter with Natalie Louis . . .

Learning with Kelly Boland Hohne

Illumination with Cornelius Minor

Such was the Monday in my life!

Today’s post is a recap of information from Cornelius Minor from his closing session: “Using Digital Tools to Offer Access to Students with IEPs”

Access for all Kids – Why is Access Important?  (AKA “Research to Weaponize”) 

  •        UdL – more inclusive
  •        On heels of Civil Rights
  •        Architects – ADA compliant – door width, door knob  (designed from inception)
  •        Knowledge of the three networks that access the brain:
    • Recognition (input – see, hear, perceive);
    • Strategic (executive functioning); and
    • Attitude (and feelings about teacher and learning)


Here is a chart I developed to organize some of the information shared by Cornelius.

                                                             What is the main thing?  
Skills Instruction

Alfred Tatum – Teaching Reading to Adolescent Black Boys  (Chicago) (EL)
Start with verbs – most common  (not ameliorate)  to speak, to move, to think

Build on strengths!

Synonyms:  Ponder, saunter, exclaim – derivatives of most common words.

Camera  saunter A , B photographer

Video ponder B, A videographer

Develop criteria together.

Make pic for word wall – Use students in the class

Social – Doing and Talking


The sound of my voice when I am reading text I care about.  (have to like my audience as well as my text)

Teen ink  is a source

“The day I met you was a bad hair day”

Need texts that are worthy of practice.

“Going to play Simon says. You are going to read the poem like I do!”

3 different emotions:

  1. “You just ate the last Dorito” and I wanted it
  2. “Cutest baby” – change voice to match your meaning
  3. Accused, but didn’t throw paper ball!

   Annotate text for emotion

Specific Chrome Tools

  • Announcify
  • Read and Write for google
  • Ginger – grammar checker
  • Google dictionary – define and save
  • Text compactor – summary
Have 3 or 4 that are extremely effective.

More is NOT better.

Can also change readability


Behavior mirror

Transfer – Use contexts that are familiar – Audio / Video – Students use daily!

Do what the leader does!  SELL it!

Effort lives in our methodology.

What was something tried and true?  

What was new?  

What will you do next?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

10 responses

  1. Today was our first day of school and one of the things I sent home is the AUP so my students can use the available technology as soon as possible. Thinking especially of my English language learners, but also the students with all kinds of learning needs and interested to hear what else you learn!

    1. Erika,
      At some point in time we are all in a group where we are “different”. How do we continue to grow and learn? When are we responsible for our own learning (you and TC and Nerdy Book Club and slicing)? And when do we use our own learning and passions to fuel our students?

      Always so much to think about at TC! ❤

  2. Thanks for reminding me via Cornelius to think of ways (often using tech) to support all kids. What an exciting time to be a kid! Enjoy week 2!

    1. Sally,
      I think we often go for the grandiose when we could simply say “How can my camera support learning?” What a day Monday was . . . in a good, mind-numbing, intense way!

  3. Technology really is a useful tool in the education of today’s students. Sometimes we can get bogged down by all that is out there and the promises each one makes. I totally agree that more isn’t always better. Knowing our students we need to choose what is best and most helpful for them. Like your chart, Fran. Concise and informative.

    1. Yes, the key is knowing our students as well as our end goals! ❤

  4. Loved the chart, Fran – so many great ways of infusing tech in a meaningful way for our students these days.

    1. Tara,
      The key is meaningful. So many ways to “be pulled” that meaningful truly is a good filter to use! ❤

  5. I’m glad I stopped by your blog today! My background is special education, and I was just reminding folks who were helping arrange furniture for professional development in my library that I would have to rearrange it afterwards to satisfy ADA requirements for student use. They stared at me blankly for a moment before they understood.

    1. It’s never a problem when people understand the WHY, but sometimes it gets pushed into the background and we forget to say the words. Great reminder of why our words matter!

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