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
Walking is good for
solving problems -- it's like the feet are little psychiatrists. Terri Guillemets
I've been reading
lately about the craze of counting steps, and it's likely only to get crazier
now that Apple has announced a watch with all manner of physical tracking. It
seems like every other person I meet these days is wearing a wristband tracking
their progress towards the daily "10,000." Although there is no doubt that walking is great for physical fitness, it may do
even more for lifting the spirits and sparking new thinking after sitting
inside for hours.
One of my favorite
ways to break routine with students and colleagues in the fall has always been
a "walk and talk." The activity couldn't be simpler. A brief article, issue, or
idea is shared in the classroom, and then we pair up and go outside to walk and
enjoy the sunshine while the partners discuss a focus question based on the reading or topic. After 20
minutes, everyone comes back to share insights and next steps.
Even someone on
crutches appreciates the chance to amble outside and sit on a bench, soaking up
vitamin D while chatting with a co-worker. Students have the opportunity to get
their wiggles out, and often that leads to a surprisingly high level of focus
on the task at hand.
If it's a sunny day
and you want to bring instant joy and appreciation to your agenda, schedule an
impromptu walk and talk as part of a meeting or literacy workshop. Nothing slows down the fast pace of life more
than a walk and talk.
This week we look at close reading. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
Founder, Choice Literacy
Free for All
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We have three professional development offerings in October. Our live event, Coaching the Common Core, is at the beautiful Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine on October 18-19. The online courses are Franki Sibberson presenting The Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher October 1-12 and Making Assessments Work for You with Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan from October 15-26. The online courses include three on-demand webinars, a DVD, book, and personal responses from the instructors tailored to your needs on the class
discussion board. Click on the link below for more details: