A blog to share information on literacy strategies across contents and grade levels. Metacognitive strategies included. "Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one's thinking. More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one's understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one's thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner." -- Vanderbilt University
A boundary is not that at which something stops, but that from which something begins.
This spring I visited Gigi McAllister's fourth-grade
classroom in southern Maine. When I entered the room, my eyes were immediately
drawn to a large and colorful display of book covers. Inspired by Donalyn
Miller's work, Gigi has created a visual record of her reading throughout the year
with four categories. "Currently Reading" is featured at the top, followed by
the headings of "Just Finished," "What's Next," and "Read This School Year."
I asked Gigi about the display, and she explained that it was a
challenging wall space to fill. It's an awkward spot, not visible from most of
the classroom because it's wedged between the coat area and supply bins. Yet
students see it first thing when they arrive each morning. They walk by it as
part of their morning ritual of taking off their coats, hanging them, and then
stepping over the threshold into the room.
Every classroom has a few nooks, crannies, and bits of wall
space that aren't easy to use for instruction or storage. We often forget about
them till the classroom is nearly bare in late spring. Gigi uses her odd wall as a way to hold
herself accountable as a reader -- if she forgets to update the display, one of
her students is sure to remind her. The listing of books is a fun way to see
how quickly a list of books read grows throughout the year, and it's a
catalyst for dishing on new titles and authors with students.
As teachers begin to break down and clean up rooms, it's a wonderful
time for rethinking wall displays -- which ones build and refine thoughtful
work, and which ones have lived beyond their usefulness. Wall displays are our
focus this week -- enjoy!
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Do your classroom walls need a refresh? Do students even refer to the materials you've posted? Margaret Berry Wilson shares some questions to ask yourself as you think through wall displays in If Classroom Walls Could Talk from Responsive Classroom:
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