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#SOL19: Day 22 SOLSC


Katie Clement’s session at #TCRWP’s 96th Saturday Reunion was titled Teaching Literary Essay as a Vehicle for Teaching High-Level Opinion and Argument Writing Skills” and it was packed with gems of information.

What is the purpose of the writing?  

When students are thinking about the audience for their writing, they are also thinking through the lens of what will appeal to that audience.  Sounds easy.  But is it?  This may be the part that gets messy and then means that the essay may become a blend of other formats including packing in some information or a microstory.  Mining a story for ideas for a claim/thesis and then supporting that claim/thesis would allow students to practice  building compelling opinions and arguments beyond just listing their ideas.

What mentor text might you use?

I love Katherine Bomer’s The Journey is Everything found here. This text helped me grow my own knowledge of an essay.  Katie also suggested this resource.  Have you seen it?

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What are some qualities of essays? 38 Total Essays.  Sounds like fun inquiry that I need to dig into! (I’m waiting for the book to arrive.)

How have you studied essay? 

What do your own essays look like? 

What do “essays in the world” look like?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#SOL19: Day 15 SOLSC


The View

Perspective . . .

What did I learn in geometry?

What is the role of a triangle?

So much glass

So many shapes

Is it to see in?

Is it to see out?

Everything open?

Everything closed?

How many are there?

How many should there be?

What is the strongest shape?

How high can it go?

What if one suffers from acrophobia?

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Just a few wonderings from a small town resident . . .

What are you wondering today? 

What have you noticed that has you curious?




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#SOL19: Day 6 SOLSC


Since Last March

(A format I’ve used here in 2016 and here in 2018 and originally from Erin Baker here)

Since last March, I’ve been everywhere.

Everywhere for time with the kids in Iowa, Kentucky, holidays and Hawkeye football.

Everywhere for family events –  graduation, graduation, graduation and visiting cousins, kids football, volleyball, soccer, and traveling with the elders.

Everywhere for stretching and growing my mind.

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A few of the “Everywhere” locations

Since last March, the magic number is two.

Two grandsons as cute as can be,

Two boys growing and stretching,

Two months from four and four months from one.

celebrate balloons

Since last March, I’ve said good-bye.

Good-bye to relatives and friends,

Good-bye to old routines,

Good-bye to doubt and fear!

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Since last March, I’ve said hello.

Hello to friends who I’ve met face to face,

Hello to slicers, bloggers, and voxers from or at #tcrwp, #ncte18, #g2great, and #ccira19,

Hello to ILA – a Literacy Leadership Brief, hosting a chat, and planning for a conference institute,

Hello to friends, family, and.colleagues!

Hello, March.

It’s time to write!

How are you celebrating your year? 

What “goodbyes” and “hellos” have you found?




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#ILAchat: Independent Reading


The definition for Independent Reading from ILA

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What does that mean?

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How well does your independent reading align with the definition?

What have you changed or tweaked? 

How has that impacted student reading, especially student joy and passion for reading?

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How can you capitalize on the “Power and the Promise of Independent Reading”?

Please join the chat to share your ideas!

#SOL19: Snow Day


The grocery aisles are empty again.  No bread. Little milk. Cleaned out as the storm warning map encompassed the entire state.

The Reality?

Excerpts from the 10 pm news on Monday night:

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Yes, the purple was ice deposited first as rain and then transitioning to ice hours later . . . about two inches thick on the sidewalk.

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The ticker at the bottom of the TV screen with school announcements in red and the metro schools circulating faster in blue.

What’s the verdict?

At 10 pm the night before:

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It’s still early.  5 am.  Not many changes.

YET!

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Closed?

Why does it matter?

If schools are closed all around, it’s not a good travel day.  It’s probably not a good

“step outside the door day”

And the state road map (511org)

shows solid pink

ICE

Great work at home day.

Great work inside day.

Snow day 10 or 11 or 12.

What’s your snow day plan?

8 am update . . .

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#SOL19: Frustration


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It is just a simple thing.

Measure.

Pour.

Wait.

BUT,

Oh, NO!

I will admit to being “bleary-eyed” and not totally awake.  But measuring, checking the line, and then pouring.  Seemed like a piece of cake.

It’s running over.

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It’s early.

Maybe it is operator error!

Try again!

Oh, NO! This time it’s barely half full!

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ARRGHH!

It’s too early!

This is making me mental!

I have been using a liquid Pyrex measuring cup.

Maybe my eyes are still too tired!

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Solution:

A simple solution

I quickly devised

After a month of stewing

Fretting

Cleaning up messes . . .

I fill my coffee cup with water and then pour it into the Keurig.  No errors.  No mess. Perfect coffee every time.

A simple solution?

Often a simple answer is correct. That belief is courtesy of Occam’s Razor. Perhaps in our personal and professional lives we need to

stop,

take a deep breath,

and think of simple solutions.

Avoid the complications.

Avoid the perception from above that may cause you to under measure  or the perception that rounding it to that next line  while holding the measuring cup is good enough.  If the goal is the “right amount of coffee”, the water input does matter.

A different lens, a different view, a different solution.

When will one of those serve you well at school?

Considering the student view.

Asking for student input.

Stepping back so students can own the solution.

Closing your mouth so student input is prioritized.

What might you do differently the next time that you are frustrated?




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2018: In the Rear View Mirror


What a year!

What does the data say?

Looking back is something of a habit as the New Year dawns.  Here were my reflective posts from 2017,  2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.  It was fun to see where the emphasis has changed over time.

My Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts of all time are:

5. How do we know students are making progress in writing? (2014)

4.  Generative Writing as a Formative Assessment (2015)

3.  Lexile Level is NOT Text Complexity (2013)

                 2. Close Reading in Kindergarten? Is it possible? (2013)

1. #TCRWP and a Teacher’s Toolkit for Writing (2014)

Data analysis is interesting.  Four of the five posts were in my top 5 all time last year.  #2 this year is a new addition to the top 5. It leapfrogged to #2 by passing up three previous “all time” posts.

I continue to wonder if my OLD writing is more popular than my newer writing with two posts from 2013 in the top 5. “Or does the popularity mean that these posts are STILL topics/issues that present day literacy teachers are struggling with?”  Maybe these are topics that I need to review during the course of the year. They are definitely already on my March Slicer “To Write About” list.

My Top 8 Posts (by the number of readers) out of the 109 posts that were written in 2018 were:

8. #SOL18: Lit Essentials – Regie Routman’s Literacy Essentials with an entire section dealing with Equity!

7. #TCRWP: 3 Tips – Patterns of Power (Jeff Anderson), Mentor Texts with Simone Frazier and Heart Maps with Georgia Heard

6. #SOL18:  Reading Research  – Is all reading research equal?

5. Bloom’s and Thinking – Reconceptualizing Bloom’s Taxonomy

4. #SOL18: March 25 – Updated Reprise of #3 above “Lexile Level is NOT Text     Complexity (2013)

3. #NCTE18:  Digging Deeper #1 – Kass Minor, Colleen Cruz & Cornelius Minor

2. #SOL18:  March 15 – Barriers to Learning, Allington’s Six T’s, Student           Progress

1.#SOL18:  March 11 – Increasing Writing Volume

And this – Reading Research from the end of October and both a November post about NCTE and a December post can make it into the “Most Read in 2018” list within 4 – 8 weeks of the end of the year.  So Interesting!

What patterns do you see? 

Which topics did you find most compelling? 

What work do you review annually or over even longer time frames?




PROCESS:

Reflection

Analysis

Planning

Re-Reflecting

Wrapping up Curious with a Focus on being Joyful for this first chance to CELEBRATE!

 

#SOL19: #OLW18 Finale


#OneLittleWord (AKA #OLW)

This post has more about the origin of #OLW and links to other past posts about the purpose and process. Today’s post is a reflection on my 2018 OLW.  It was evident on my blog as it literally was a part of the wallpaper:  Curious!

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How did “curious” impact my life?

Seeing it at least weekly on my blog kept curious in my brain but even without the constant reminder, curious is in my bloodstream.  Considering life and life actions through the eyes of others has always been a part of my repertoire so “curious” was the perfect word for #OLW18.

Where did “curious” take me?

My learning journey included:

3rd Anniversary #G2Great Chat

CCIRA in Denver – February

TCRWP Writing Institute

#BookLove Summer Book Study

Iowa Reading Conference

ILA

Everyday Practices that Engage and Empower Readers and Writers – Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle – DSM

Nell Duke – JCCL – Cedar Falls

NCTE

Read, Write, Teach – Ignite Curiosity and Instill Confidence in Freeport, Maine with Linda Rief and Penny Kittle

Reading, reading, reading . . . professional texts

Researching

Writing about my reading

Twitter chats:  #ILA, NCTE, #bookaccessforall, #TCRWP, and #G2Great

What other words have chosen me?

  • 2014    Transfer
  • 2015     Focus
  • 2016    Joyful
  • 2017    Brave
  • 2018    Curious

I’ve narrowed my 2019 word choice down to three . . . A Decision and More in the next post!

How did you put your #OLW into action in 2018? 

What did you learn that will guide you in 2019? 

What will be your evidence of learning / use of your #OLW?




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#SOL18: Merry Christmas


Hope your day was filled with

JOY,

LOVE,

FAMILY, and

FUN!

And that whatever your beliefs, traditions, customs and celebrations,

That you also set aside some time to think about your thoughts, deeds, and actions in 2018.

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Which visual image matches your thinking?

How do you open your heart? 

How did you celebrate with friends and family? 

What memories did you create today?




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Learning with Penny Kittle & Linda Rief


Balmy winter day.

A Friday.

December in Maine.

Spending time with Paula Bourque.

Talking Literacy.

Northern Lights and LLBean and Karen Cook of Heinemann hosting a workshop with Penny Kittle and Linda Rief, “Read Write Teach: Ignite Curiosity & Instill Confidence in Readers & Writers.”  A room packed with educators!  LEARNING TOGETHER!

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Wakelet link

 

The Wakelet link is above.  More to follow as I have less than a page of notes in Google Docs and many pages in sketchnoting.  Some ok. Some not so much. But where is that darned notebook?

And from 180 Days, these are the college expectations.

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Wouldn’t thoughtful, forward-thinking, responsible teachers be checking in on students’ independent reading at some point?  Can / Do students read 5,000 pages in a year?

Quizes not required.

Reading Logs not required.

Can students meet this Independent Reading goal?  How do we know?

Do our students read independently?

If not, why not?

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