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#SOL19: Really?


I blew it! What was I thinking?

Twitter Chats are easy. A few questions. A few responses. Let’s talk. And then taking my turn on writing a summative blog post.  Predictable patterns.

Book clubs . . . What’s the format?  What’s the end goal?  What’s my role?  More questions than answers. And each club . . . renegotiating the roles and the expectations.

Check. Deadlines met.

Check. Responses entered.

Check. Make no waves. Agree with the participants

Check. Check. Check.

I was focused on the product and got lost in FEAR!

I was worried if it was good enough and was frozen in time!

I rushed to task completing and forgot it was about the thinking!

This was the format for my early book club participation and it has followed me around worse than the groundhog’s shadow ever since.  Book clubs were a place of similar thinking; thinking outside the box resulted in social ostracism.

I went underground as a reader as I have had a LOVE/HATE relationship with book clubs.  Some have been fun. Some have been tedious. All have provided learning. But what was that learning?

I love talking about books. Mary Howard and I talk about a tweet, a blog post, or a book on a regular basis.  Her reading is also voracious! At CCIRA, Regie Routman handed me a book, I thumbed through it, and I had to order it. Penny Kittle told me about a book and I forwarded the title also to my sister and a niece.  I hadn’t even left Maria Walther’s session and I was forwarding the book list. Reading and talking about books is fun!

And then last night I watched this video of Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. You can watch it too if you are a member of the Summer Book Love Club 2019.  What do you notice?  What would you name as the key points of the video?

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A photo clipped from the video

And because the link does NOT work if you are NOT a member, here are the TOP 10 REASONS you should join Summer Book Love 19 from the Nerdy Book Club here.

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Elementary Book Club Books July 2019

Here’s what Penny said about the FB Live session:

“From Concord, CA… I’m here with Kelly Gallagher, my co-author and friend, to talk about the importance of book clubs in his professional life.”

The importance of book clubs in his professional life.

The sheer joy.

The number of books he has read as a part of a book club.

The fact that he, a good reader, learns something from every book club meeting and that they celebrate the different ideas everyone brings to the book club.

Somewhere

Somehow

Sometime

I lost the sheer joy of talking about books in a book club.

The book club became about the process of my notes, my annotations or my writing about reading.

The book club became more about compliance than learning!

I became that “kid” who completed the work but maybe didn’t invest very much of myself.

It’s book club season. I will be in several this summer. I will be watching my own learning.  And just as I detailed the process for “Professional Learning” in the last 5 posts about Repeated Reading, so will I also monitor my own learning, processes and products.  I think it will be critical to be brutally honest with myself.

And I can do that personally with a process that is also set up for bigger systems work.

How will I find the gold and the JOY in book clubs?



What is the process for professional learning?

  1. Set a Goal – Participate productively in book clubs
  2. Selection of Content which includes Checking the Research – Talk about the books
  3. Design a Process for Professional Development/Learning – Check the schedule and allow plenty of time. Refusing to allow lack of time to be an excuse.
  4. Teaching / Learning Opportunities – Checking in. What do teachers need to learn?           How will they learn it?  How can we set some measurable targets? – Pay attention to my “joy” meter.  When does it stop being fun?
  5. Collaboration / Implementation  Reading and Participating
  6. Ongoing Data Collection including Listen to the Students – Consider my responses to students with actions similar to mine
  7. Program Evaluation – Going back to the teacher data: Has there been growth? How do we know? Plan ahead – what will I do if  when I get stuck?
  8. Collecting / Analyzing Student Data – Is the gap closing? Are students growing          more capable?  Are students more independent?  Balancing “habits” of reading, attitudes, processes and products
  9. (WHY would I use a different process?)


I will be a part of at least three book clubs this summer and as the summer wanes, I will let you know if I was successful and how and when I will be celebrating the continuous JOY in reading and talking about books!

What is your experience with book clubs? 

What motivates you to continue to learn and grow as a reader? 

What learning targets would you consider?




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#SOL19: #OLW19 Celebrate


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Celebrating 2019 Reading

29 books listed for my 52 book goal in Goodreads

7 of 29 books are professional books.

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Celebrating Writing and 2019 Publications

Two posts at Literacy Lenses: “Creating a Conversational Thread:  Engaged Reading, Writing and Talking Across the Curriculum” and Game Changers!

Here at Resource – Full:  22 posts this year in 56 days

25 PUBLISHED!

Celebrating 2019 Talking (Twitter Chats)

Cohosting an #ILAchat on Independent Reading on 2/14/19 http://bit.ly/ILAchat_IndependentReading

Cohosting #G2Great chats – 7

Celebrating 2019 Learning Destinations

Minneapolis with Kathryn, Kari and Cornelius Minor

Denver CCIRA – 3 fabulous days of learning here, here, here, here, and here

TOTAL  29 + 25 + 8 + 2 = 64 literacy reasons to celebrate

Evidence of Reading, Writing, Talking (Chats), and Learning . . . 

What are you celebrating in 2019? 

How are you progressing with your #OLW?




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#SOL19: Celebrate Action


 

Nobel Peace Prize 1964  . . .

Because of his words and actions.

Read more here.

To do

Or not to do

To take action

Or not to take action

Make a decision

Don’t let indecision freeze your thoughts or actions.

Equity featured in my post here last year.

When? 

When do we move beyond surface quotes?  Using that quote that pops up on Google or Twitter and move to deeper knowledge? 

What was the essence of MLK Jr?

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As I “celebrate” (#OLW19) the life of Martin Luther King, my actions will be to speak up and out about “white privilege.” Information is the first step towards action and power.

I hold these words close, “What the main sections of the civil rights movement in the United States are saying is that the demand for dignity, equality, jobs, and citizenship will not be abandoned or diluted or postponed. If that means resistance and conflict we shall not flinch. We shall not be cowed. We are no longer afraid.” (Nobel Prize Lecture, 1964)

What will you say? 

What will you do? 

How do you honor MLK’s legacy?




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

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Independence: Taught? Or Not?


Who is doing the work?

Students?

Teachers?

How do we know?

Does it matter?

This flow chart from an October 7, 2018 tweet by Daniel Willingham caught my eye this week out in the Twittersphere!

I have studied it on my phone, my iPad, and on my Chromebook. I continue to revisit the subheading “(doing laundry, making lunches, doing dishes, etc.)”

Does this chart apply to routines in the classroom? 

Does this chart apply to instruction in the classroom?

Should it?

Where does my “curious” mind go?  I “celebrate” the opportunities for formative assessment.  Observation and completion of tasks quickly come to mind. Fairly straight forward. Items that I can check off. Routines.

How much of the school day should be “routinized” to this level? 

What’s the end goal?

Previous posts have discussed the fact that many times students do not have enough practice in their work in order to really KNOW and DO the task at high levels of cognitive effort.  Is that a flaw in the curricular design, the instructional design, or in the instructional delivery system? Or a symptom of other issues?

And then Wednesday night’s Twitter chat with Alicia Luick and Taliah Carter was about the Independent Use of Mentor Texts to Promote Independence in the Writers’ Workshop. Serendipity and another celebration as topics aligned!!!

It helped me when Alicia explained the difference between mentor texts, demonstration texts, and exemplar texts.  All have many uses as we think about a “progression to independence”.

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How do we teach independence?

How do we provide practice time so students can develop confidence, competency and independence?

I love these ideas from Ryan Scala. Students can quickly be “upping their game” so they are ready to lead demonstrations, small groups or seminars!

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So many ways for teachers to scaffold and support students at their current level in order to “reach” for the next level and continue to stretch and grow.  Sounds easy but supporting all students in a classroom is hard work.

And who is doing the most work?

Do we “teach for independence”?  

Do we provide enough practice time and get out of the way in order to increase independence?

 

#OLW19


Drum Roll . . .

Red Carpet . . .

Celebratory Toast . . .

My final choices were:  Gratitude, Celebrate, and Thankful.

I tested them out with flash drafts of this post.

What was I searching for?

Enduring words:  That would be a part of my life 24/7 – literally woven into the fabric of my life

Practical words: That would be like a ticker tape running in the background of my life.

All encompassing words:  That would be suitable for my professional life, my personal life and my role as a grandmother.

How would I know which word was THE word?

I would easily be able to flash draft a post about the word.

I would NOT check to see who else had chosen the word.

I would be able to use the subtle nuances of the word in my decision-making process.

My selection grid:

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One Last Review of Previous Words:

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

AND . . .

MY CHOICE . . . 

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Celebrate . . . 

Successes in work – the processes and the product

Successes in learning – the struggle of change and the challenges of implementing those                                              changes

Successes in family life – school and life events

Successes in being present – paying attention to small wins every day to fuel long term                                                          goals

Work attempted

Work completed

And when needed  . . . celebrate that which is YET to come!

My Goal = Celebrate . . . EVERY day!

What is your #OLW19? 

How and when did it find you? 

What will you celebrate in 2019?




Teacher Resources:

  1. One Little Word
@lhighfill

New Year, One Word HyperDocs wke.lt/w/s/5y4xQ via @wakelet A collection of three lessons for reflection/goal setting w students in the new year. Just file and make a copy to edit for your specific student needs. @TsGiveTs @SEANJFAHEY @WickedEdTech @KarlyMoura @SARAHLANDIS

         Check out the wakelet link above!   3 different choices!

       2. Word Comparisons      https://wikidiff.com/

#SOL18: Signs of Spring


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Signs of Spring

What do I see?

I see slivers of green

peeking through the brown grass

in the yard, the fields, and along the road.

Hopeful for fresh asparagus, daffodils and mushrooms.

What do I hear?

I hear choruses of birds

loud and excited

quiet and steadily constant.

Hopeful for woodpeckers and their staccato beat.

What do I smell?

I smell the earth

fresh-plowed and ready for seeds

anticipating the new growth.

Hopeful for abundant, fruitful crops to feed the world.

What do I feel?

I feel the sun’s rays

as day temps finally rise to 70s

and nights remain in the 50s.

Hopeful for no more sleet, slush, or snow.

Signs of Spring

What signs of spring are present in your region? 

How will you celebrate spring?




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

#CelebrateLu: Reprise


The sun is shining. The temp is in the 60’s and rising. What a fabulous weather report that takes me back to my farming roots! It’s spring and I’m thinking of home (after a writing workshop last Saturday)!

And yet . . .

Spring is a time to celebrate . . .

rebirth  as plants nudge their way through the ground cover

life as baby animals appear with their families

longer days of leaving home in the daylight and still having daylight on the return at the end of the day

end of the year activities . . . concerts, track events, music contests

And all those dreaded LASTS . . .

The last time the seniors . . .  before they graduate

The last time the juniors . . . before they move to the senior world

And so on . . .

But today I celebrate last Sunday’s reprise . . .

All seven of us who went to Rome . . .

Together . . . plus a few more!!!

“We set off on a journey to Rome, yes a religious trip, but also a trip to the heart of civilization.  This is a city of 300 churches with 200 more in the suburbs.  It’s a city of many diverse nationalities and personalities.  It was a pleasure to be in a group of seven . . .

Mom

Brother

Sister

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).”   “SOL16:  Travel Trivia”

Other posts about Rome are here, here, here, here, and here with this one quick photo from O’Hare before our international departure.

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and here we were again . . .

But this time in Iowa

A band concert

Taking advantage of time together

Eight months later to gather for a celebratory meal (Leo & Shirley’s upcoming 9th anniversary)

And a high school band concert directed by a son / grandson / nephew/ husband / father   . . .

Central DeWitt:  Sunday, April 30, 2017

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band one

band three

band four

And always, one of the fans in the seats!

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Home can be family.

Home may not be one specific physical place.

Where do you celebrate and call home?




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Check out for celebrations at the link with Ruth!

#DigiLitSunday: Fragile Earth


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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

earth day

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?

 

 

 

 

 

#SOL15: Celebrate!


When you hear the word “celebrate” is this an image that comes to mind?

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A fun gathering for a specific event with perhaps some balloons, a bit of confetti, and fun?

Dictionary.com has the following definitions for celebrate:celebrate.JPG

Who knew there were so many definitions?

How do you “celebrate” or “make known publicly; proclaim” in your classroom?

I want to celebrate “Kindness” – “Joey was kind to me when he held the door for me.”

I want to celebrate “Volume” – “I read two books this weekend.”

I want to celebrate “Happiness” – “I love this weather!”

I want to celebrate “Friendship” – “I appreciate the gift of time that you spent on following up on a previous conversation.”

I want to celebrate “Writing” – “I wrote an extra blog post!”

I envision generating “celebrate statements” to put in a class fishbowl, to share at a designated time or even to decorate the tree on the classroom door . . .

Can “public naming of actions” develop and sustain a positive mindset and climate in the classroom?

How can we use small steps (and small celebrations) to reinforce our progress towards big goals?

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Memorial Day: A Day Off or a Day to Celebrate Heroes?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

What do you know about Memorial Day?  What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Does your knowledge impact how you celebrate Memorial Day?  There is a plethora of information available and this post contains just a sample from many possibilities.  Articles, videos, and pictures can be found on the History Channel, this website, and the national Memorial Day Concert here.  You decide which one (s) add to your increased understanding!

 

One quote that stands out from the concert link is this:

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

– James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
 

From my daughter-in-law’s post (wife of active Army soldier) on face book ~

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” — Thucydides

Accompanied by Uncle Larry’s flag ~

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From my sister ~ Celebrating family members

The six name plates in the bottom right hand corner of the first picture are all family members!

 

 

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And the words of JFK in the memorial in Washington, Iowa.

From my brother who continues to serve ~

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From my sister-in-law ~

“Thank you to all who have served to protect our freedoms. Your sacrifices are not unnoticed.”

From my sister’s sister-in-law ~

The memorial near Albia, Iowa (21 crosses for the 21 gun salute)

 

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Gary Vought posted this on Twitter ~

@ThreeLakesWI cemetary

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From Arlington National Cemetary ~

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From The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ~

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And even Hawkeye Football posted this ~

“Land of the free because of the brave. Thank you to those who have sacrificed so much for this great country!”

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How do we know what Memorial Day means to you?

A Day Off or A Day to Celebrate Heroes?

How did you spend Memorial Day?  Did you ~
Celebrate?
Honor?
Remember?
What pictures and/or words are important to you?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts below!

 

 

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