Today’s call for slices from Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche immediately makes me think of HOW one gets better. Previous posts about professional development are here, here, and here. I love learning. I love learning with friends. Therefore, one of the best tools that I use for professional development is Twitter because it truly is exemplified by this graphic.
Learning. Identifying a topic. Identifying a need. Finding experts. Reading. Writing. Talking. Learning Together. There are many ways to “Better Oneself” and one of the fastest routes is through TWITTER!
Start the Challenge
If you’re on Facebook, go to this post of Mary C Howard’s (author of Good to Great) for her Twitter 5-3-1 Challenge.
“TWITTER 5-3-1 CHALLENGE:
So I’m posing a summer challenge that will take very little time.
Follow five people you admire. Just find them on Twitter and click the follow button on the far top right of their page.
Retweet or like three comments that inspired you. Just click on the comment and then the up/down arrows at the bottom middle and hit retweet (or like with the heart at the bottom).
Make one comment to a tweet every day (even “Thank you.”) Just click on the left arrow at the bottom right and type.
I promise you that my 5-3-1 challenge will enrich you beyond measure this summer. Twitter is a treasure chest of inspiration, ideas, articles, posts, and dedication. If you’re not using it even to a small degree, you’re cheating yourself. This summer is a great time to dip your toe in the Twitter pool. I promise you that you’ll be grateful you did!”
My only addition is to make it the 5 -3 – 1 – 1 Challenge.
The final 1 – Find a chat
Weekly chats might be #TCRWP on Wednesdays or #G2Great on Thursdays. Monthly chats might be #TitleTalk on the last Sunday of the month. Additional chats like #TWTBlog may be scheduled after a series of blog posts.
Why a Twitter Chat?
A Twitter Chat will give you an opportunity to “rub elbows” with the experts and grow your own knowledge base as well as your PLN. You will be amazed at the authors who are available to learn from as well as the inspiration, ideas, articles, and posts that Mary refers to above.
You are at the crossroad. You must make the decision.
How will you better yourself?
Excited and thinking the best,
Friends . . .
Fellow Twitter Friends
Fellow Voxer Friends
Fellow #NCTE14 and #NCTE15 attendees
The shiny ball is going to drop on #NCTE16 and I can’t wait!
Professional Development is an “investment in yourself” – Check out this blog post from #NCTE15! Continual growth matters!
Eyes wide open
Within a cocoon of friendship
Around every corner
At every session
Looking forward to meeting up, face to face, with “Slicers” Saturday night.
Will you be there?
Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
What have I learned from #NCTE in the past?
#NCTE 14 (First Timer Report) here, (Community, Collaboration & Social Justice) here, (Our presentation – Story as the Landscape of Knowing) here, (Top 10 Quotes I Have Used from #NCTE14) here and (Close Reading and the Little Ones – Chris Lehman, Kate Roberts and Kristi Mraz) here.
#NCTE15 (Vicki Vinton & Katie Wood Ray) here, (Kelly Gallagher’s Top 10) here, (Sessions – Colleen Cruz, Jennifer Serravallo, Clare & Tammy, #G2Great) here and (Involving Students – 2 #tcrwp sessions, Kylene Beers, Bob Probst, Donalyn Miller, Seymour Simon, Linda Hoyt, Kelly Boswell and more) here.
And how do you reflect and review your learning?
How do you know you are growing?
Why do I write?
I started a list
The verbs wrote themselves . . .
To plan a course of action
Current reality . . .
I am writing now
Because my fingers are tethered to my keyboard
And I can’t leave this post until I’ve recorded something
Worthy of pushing that “publish” button.
What do I write?
Serious or trivial?
Rich in details?
Or written totally between the lines?
Do the words tumble end over end
in their urgency to be revealed?
Or do they have to be coaxed out of hiding
while I patiently sip coffee as they emerge word by word on the scrren?
The pacing corresponds to the ideas,
some race across the blank screen begging for release,
some yet to simmer,
some seem half-baked,
some to be totally erased TODAY,
perhaps to emerge in a different format on another day.
The words are in gratitude for time with family
This weekend it was being entertained by the 17 month old grandson,
A charming, sweet boy
Attending his first collegiate football game
Complete with high fives, fist bumps, applause, and signaling touchdowns
And yet I wonder what he is thinking . . .
Today I write to share my thanks for the precious gift of time with family!
Why do you write?
What do you write?
Other thoughts on #WhyIWrite here in a previous post complete with responses from MANY slicers!
Shaelynn Farnsworth’s post “Educators Sharing #WhyIWrite to Celebrate National Writing Day”
Kathleen Sokolowski’s post “Are You Ready for the National Day of Writing 2016?”
On the schedule for today:
Lucy Calkins @ Riverside Church
A Call to Action
Rev Up Your Teaching Muscles to Make Your Whole Group Instruction as Potent as Possible (Mini-lessons, Shared Reading, Read Aloud) (K-2)
Beyond Guided Reading: Expanding Your Repertoire of Small Group Work in Nonfiction (3-8)
So many great sessions to choose from with staff developers:
Keynotes for the remainder of the week:
Matt De la Pena, Donalyn Miller, Freddy Hiebert, and Natalie Louis!
It’s Monday, June 27th!
So blessed to be learning for a second week at #tcrwp.
However, it’s 2:00 in the morning!
I can still sleep for hours and hours!
Way toooooo early!
Post a blog!
Back to sleep!
Dreaming of life and learning in NYC!
What will you be learning today?
Will you be following the Booth Bay tweets? #bblit16
Or #ISTE16? Or #NOTatISTE16?
What’s on your learning plan?
IRA now ILA = International Literacy Association
I’ve skipped over this paragraph in the ILA materials (probably 100 times now), but please slow down and read it . . .
“Illiteracy is a solvable problem, and together, we can make a difference! Amplify your efforts by joining forces with us at ILA 2015 in St. Louis, where you’ll get information and inspiration to transform your students’ lives. Register now for this can’t-miss event, where you’ll experience endless opportunities to network and learn—and leave feeling part of a meaningful movement, resolved to end illiteracy.”
And this . . .
“Literacy—across all sectors, mediums, and channels—is increasingly critical. In order to effectively prepare children and adults for the future, teachers must be well prepared to help diverse students improve their literacy skills.”
Whether illiteracy or aliteracy is a concern for you, follow the twitter stream on #ILA15 to LEARN from July 17 pre-conferences to the sessions on July 18-20 in St. Louis! Who defines well-prepared? Are your current efforts REALLY working for ALL your students?
What are you learning this summer that will improve student literacy?
How will you use your learning?
How will you share your learning?
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
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The last three months have seemed like a year. Why? I was waiting to hear about the status of my application for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s June Writing Institute and July Reading Institute.
It seemed like “forever” since I saw the first tweet that said “…accepted!” Multiple friends received news of their status. My reading application status was “wait list” so I tried to be patient and believe that “no news is good news!” Finally I received notice that I was accepted for the Writing Institute. And last week my reading application was accepted! Two weeks at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project! Woohoo!
After my application was accepted I realized the truth of this statement. Institute paid. Housing paid. Flight booked. Checking time frames. . . Planning to maximize time and learning opportunities.
Why is this blog worthy?
My two weeks at Teachers College last summer for the Reading and Writing Institutes was one of the most fabulous learning experiences of my life! With the new writing Units of Study, my large group sessions every day were led by Lucy Calkins. She can build confidence and inspire all teachers to “do more” to increase the reading and writing of students. Anything and everything is possible with Lucy’s guidance!
And the many rock stars at #TCRWP. . . My daily choices included Mary Ehrenworth, Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts. It was so fun to “know” many of the staff and presenters because of their “Twitter presence” and so easy to thank them for their accessibility! Unbelievable learning. And yet, I have to confess, I was ready to go home last year when the first night’s assignment was to write a narrative. I spent hours (some whining and complaining) writing, drafting, rewriting, drafting. It was not pretty and basically fit the third grade rubric according to the #UoS rubric. Frustrating, yes; empathy for students, YES!
I am so ready to learn more. Do more. And I have been working on developing my own writing muscles this year – blogging, tweeting, and developing models. June Writing Institute! July Reading Institute! Love Learning!
My NYC agenda contains:
Advanced AM Section: Reports, Nonﬁction Books, Journals, Feature Articles: Information Writing and ELA Across the Day (3-8) Mary Ehrenworth
Advanced PM Section: Seeing Patterns in Student Work, Then Teaching Small Groups (and More) to Build New Habits and Skills (3-8) Emily Smith
Advanced AM Section: Accelerating Students’ Progress Along Levels of Text Difficulty: Guided Reading, Assessment Based Teaching, and Scaffolds for Complex Texts (3-8) Brooke Geller
Advanced PM Section: Social Studies Centers Can Lift the Level of Content Knowledge and Reading Instruction (3-8) Kathleen Tolan
How will you continue to learn about reading and writing this summer?
Here are two writing opportunities for you to consider:
Summer Writing for You, The Teacher (Two Writing Teachers blog post by Betsy Hubbard)
#TeachersWrite (Kate Messner)