Who is doing the work?
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?
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”.
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!
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?
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:
One Last Review of Previous Words:
- 2014 Transfer
- 2015 Focus
- 2016 Joyful
- 2017 Brave
- 2018 Curious
AND . . .
MY CHOICE . . .
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
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?
- One Little Word
New Year, One Word HyperDocs wke.lt/w/s/5y4xQ via @ 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. @ @ @ @ @IS
Check out the wakelet link above! 3 different choices!
2. Word Comparisons https://wikidiff.com/
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.
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 . . .
within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).” “SOL16: Travel Trivia”
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
And always, one of the fans in the seats!
Home can be family.
Home may not be one specific physical place.
Where do you celebrate and call home?
Check out for celebrations at the link with Ruth!
What does the “science” say?
Greenpeace – “9 Reasons to March for Science this Earth Day”
Is it really black and white?
What if the Earth Treated us the way we treat the Earth . . .
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 . . .
Clean up after yourself
CELEBRATE . . .
All living things
CONSERVE . . .
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?
What’s your plan for Every Day Earth Day?
When you hear the word “celebrate” is this an image that comes to mind?
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:
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?
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna,Betsy,Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers andteachers here.
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 ~
From my sister ~ Celebrating family members
The six name plates in the bottom right hand corner of the first picture are all family members!
And the words of JFK in the memorial in Washington, Iowa.
From my brother who continues to serve ~
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)
Gary Vought posted this on Twitter ~
From Arlington National Cemetary ~
From The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ~
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!”
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 ~
What pictures and/or words are important to you?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts below!