After a rocky start, which I’m not really going to talk about here — I’ve done enough frustrated complaining about the issues — our Book of the Month initiative is in full swing. This month, we’re reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio as a way to connect with Bullying Awareness Month. The accompanying question asks readers … More Book of the Month Update!
For the last three days, my students and I have been talking about what we do when we read. I’m reluctant to call it “the reading process” because process implies that there are steps to making meaning, rather than a give and take transaction between the reader and the text. Specifically, we’ve been talking about … More From Left to Right, Top to Bottom
Tomorrow, I’m doing a presentation on backchanneling at the Collective Voices Conference in Albuquerque. I’m both excited and nervous. Below you’ll find a link to the Prezi (since WordPress won’t let me embed). More info to come. The English Backchannel on Prezi
Yesterday I was asked to become a cognitive coach. Partly because I am department chair and partly because I’m not afraid (I am but I do it anyway) to get up in front of the staff and present. In my reflecting about adding another type of training, I wonder whether or not this is going … More Some Initial Thoughts on Cognitive Coaching
For anyone interested, I created an archive of all the tweets from #MSC2011. You can access those tweets by clicking here. Use the menus at the top to adjust the dates and how many tweets show up on the page. I will be creating a PDF of the archive at the end of the conference, … More #MSC2011 Archive
One of the themes I’ve noticed running through the Model Schools Conference is the necessity of raising rigor and relevance with our students. A common issue teachers have, says Lin Kuzmich, is that we ask questions, then call on one of the three kids who always raises his hand, or, in the even that we … More Teacher & Student Questioning
Merritt, S. P. (2004, May). Engaging student researchers and teacher researchers in the process of data analysis. Language Arts, (81)5, pp. 406-416. Merritt says the hardest, most daunting part of research is the data analysis. It is important for novice researchers to examine what it is they bring with them to the study. She suggests … More Engaging student researchers and teacher researchers in the process of data analysis