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#SOL21: Patterns


A chorus repeats

Poems often include rhyme or repetiition

I’m on record as abhoring cookie cutter work

What’s the difference?

How are these two blocks the same?

How are these two blocks different?

# 1
#2

The blocks are a part of KISS blocks from Quilt Club. The requesting member shares a pattern, and fabric possibilities, or perhaps provides fabrics to use in the block construction. The next month everyone brings back their square to share with the “requester.”

Same: These two blocks are both from the Jacob’s Ladder pattern.

Shapes are either squares or triangles.

All shapes began as squares.

Both have 3 rows of squares.

5 squares are the same; 4 other squares are the same.

Both squares have stars printed on the fabric

Different: #2 is comprised of batiks and #1 is general fabric.

#1 has 3 fabrics; #2 has 2 fabrics.

#1 has squares and hearts in the fabric; #2 has rectangles and swirls.

What else do you see?

How many squares do you see?

Do variations of a pattern create more interest rather than cookie cutter sameness?

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#SOL21: Harvest


In cycles of life. it is one of several steps.

  • preparation of soil,
  • sowing,
  • adding manure and fertilizers,
  • irrigation,
  • harvesting and
  • storage.

How do you know it is time?

With soybeans, it’s obvious as a field of green

Becomes a mixture of green and yellow.

Over time the colors fade to brown

As the plants dry out.

Will it rain on the harvest?

What do you know about soybean production?

And within the US, what does it look like?

How many acres are involved in the production of soybeans? Is that up or down for 2020?

Soybeans: for animal and human consumption . . . A food source to feed the hungry around the world . . .

How can we use inquiry to consider new solutions for old problems?

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#SOL21: Poetry Revisited


Who knew? Our 9th grade class published a student poetry anthology with a front cover, back cover and pages of ditto-copied poetry fading in between.

On page 5 my poem sits. My inked signature, scrawled across the words, lines barely discernible, requires repetition to be read with any accuracy, and even then does it make as much sense as when it was written. What’s my take on poetry? Remember these models: I Hate Poetry. I Love Poetry. (LINK)

To Wear or Not to Wear

(Formatted . . . )

  • – – – – – – – – – –

I do remember using this format in a high school writing class to pen the most eloquent . . .

To Write or Not to Write

I was a firm believer in imitation.

Poetry: I can take it or leave it (Link)

What’s your take on poetry?

Necessary?

A frill?

A Luxury?

Why?

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GRRR

Formatting

#SOLSC21: Anticipation


The ticker flies across the screen. Refusing to wait for the county name in the alphabetical list, I stare at the map.

“Great, only two colors. Six counties way north are pink. The counties above I-80 are snow alerts.”

Meanwhile, the rain continues.

The radar map flashes. Green, yellow, red, white and purple.

The wind gusts from 20 mph to 40 mph.

Meanwhile, the rain continues.

Projections of up to 8 inches of snow.

Wait, wasn’t it 70 degrees for three consecutive days this week?

Meanwhile, the rain continues.

With one ear, I listen to the wind whistling . . .

A continuous, whiny, blowing sound.

Meanwhile, the rain continues.

I check the temperature.

It’s hovering at 40 degrees – near the expected average.

Meanwhile, the rain continues.

The Ides of March are upon us,

Signifying a new year, debts are due, or the death of Julius Caesar.

Meanwhile, the rain continues.

What are your predictions for the day? And what are they based on?

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#SOLSC21: Radical?


Yes, Radical voices from the middle describes me.

In life, we need a balance. In literacy we need balance. We will never make it to compre-action without skills. But skills are not the end goal. Action as a result of deeper understanding is the goal!

I agree with P. David Pearson.

Noted teacher, leader, researcher. You can read more about him here.

In 2020, he just completed a study of comprehension. Here’s the executive summary.

Headlines:

1. Knowledge is cause, consequence, and covariate of reading comprehension.

2. Language drives every facet of reading comprehension.

3. Reading is an inherently cultural activity.

Pearson, P. D., Palincsar, A. S., Biancarosa, G., & Berman, A. I. (Eds.). (2020). Reaping
the Rewards of the Reading for Understanding Initiative. Washington, DC: National Academy of Education.

Knowlege and language are essential for comprehension and compre-action, a term coined by P. David Pearson and Nell Duke. There’s no one easy, magic, silver bullet for improving reading comprehension. Part of that is because of the definition. Part of that is because of the way comprehension is assessed. Flaws in assessment exacerbate the issues.

Radical middle.

Yes, that’s me.

Let’s get rowdy.

Let’s get to work.

What seems radical about reading comprehension? What do you believe and value? Where will you learn more?

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#SOLSC21: Research


Practical

Relevant

Succinct

And yet thorough . . .

Some of the descriptors that I apply to P. David Pearson, author, teacher, and researcher who was featured at #TCRWP’s Supper Club last night.

I tweeted this . .

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Make a plan.

Execute it.

One step. One action.

Begin.

It sounds like an old joke: How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time!

What are you willing to do? When will you begin? How will you hold yourself accountable?

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#SOLSC21: Living


What are the necessities of  LIFE?

Our lives have significantly changed in the past Covid 19 year.

Which of the ideas below have become a part of your current reality?

Which would you prioritize in your teaching/educational world? WHY?

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#SOLSC21: Celebrating


The weekend

Masked audience,

masked participants,

Distanced audience,

distanced participants.

Two jazz bands in concert.

Two basketball teams competing

Opportunities

a different way

Life gradually becoming

Celebrating living

Celebrating being

Musicians

and their excellence

Athletes

and their excellence

Willing to look for little things

Celebrating

Family

How are you celebrating? Where are you finding joy?

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#SOLSC21: Act 1


She called my name. I rose. Clicked my phone closed and went to the counter to collect my paperwork. Mission accomplished. On with my day.

And before that . . . Waiting for the timer to go off. Scrolling emails. Scrolling Twitter. Scrolling Facebook. No messages. Each minute passing by at an excruciatingly, obnoxiously slow pace. As I made a list and added it to the calendar, I checked the time again. Only 5 minutes had gone by. Now what? I checked my blog. Read it from my phone. Considered the way it looked on my phone since this post was published from my Chromebook. I began setting up a series for the next week. . . Still waiting.

And before that . . . I took a seat in the waiting area. I checked the time. With luck I would be out before my appointment time actually arrived. I looked around at the aisles and decided to put my enforced time to work. Something. Anything.

And before that . . . As I exited, I heard, “We’ll call your name after your mandatory 15 minutes and you can pick up your paperwork.”

And before that . . . I pushed my shirt sleeve up so my shoulder was exposed. I looked away as I felt a small stick. Two seconds later and, “You can take a seat.”

And before that . . . I went to the counter and handed over my signed form and was told to enter the door on my right. No waiting. Inside, a plain unadorned room with one table and a chair. Both empty. I sat in the chair.

And before that . . . I entered the store, scanning the building for my destination. Guessing that a label would tip me off. And yet the unfamiliarity didn’t slow me down. Obviously, my destination was NOT at the front. I had already passed the checkers. I kept walking as I knew the location would quickly be revealed.

How might you manipulate time in order to tell a story in a different order?

Narrative Format

This is the second installment in a story begun in last week’s post, Prelude.

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