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
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
phone rings, an unknown number but a Michigan area code, where I have
lots of family and friends. So I answer it and find myself chatting with
Cassie -- a stranger who is a student at my alma mater. She is hesitant
and bubbly at the same time -- this job of calling alums and asking
them to open their wallets is not for the faint of heart. Cassie tells
me how she changed her major three times, and now as a junior has
settled on a business degree. After a few minutes of pleasant chatter, I
make a donation. Maybe I am remembering my own undeclared days in those
first months decades ago on campus. Maybe it’s because I’m thinking of
my young nephews who are having the time of their lives at basketball
camp right at this moment on that same campus. Maybe it’s because I
remember not having much money as a college student, and having to take
jobs that leave you calling strangers on a Friday
night in the summer.
sells. It’s why we can’t resist buying Girl Scout cookies when a
gap-toothed kid is sitting outside the shopping center at a table
crowded with cartoons, although truth be told they aren’t very tasty.
Except for the Thin Mints. And maybe the Savannahs. Okay, on a bad day a
Do-si-do will do. But I digress . . .
was on the board for our local K-8 school, and not once in three years
did children present anything to us. They should have. We were mired
almost every meeting in numbers from financial spreadsheets, and it
would have been great to get a face-to-face reminder once in a while
about what it was all for.
the students tell more of the stories of your classroom this year, on
whatever vehicle works best -- the class Facebook page, blog, through
daily email blasts. Better yet, find ways to video bits and pieces of
their stories to share throughout the year. Keeping students front and
center is a continuous reminder to families that your classroom and
school have the right priorities.
truth is that public education is always in financial peril. Schools
are living, breathing, growing things, and we build a bulwark against
cuts of indifference one student-told story at a time.
This week we look at student blogging. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
Shared reading and shared writing are essential instructional techniques in the primary grades. How about shared blogging for teaching children basic blogging skills? Cathy Mere describes how it works:
Join Jennifer Schwanke for the online course The Principal's Role in Evaluating and Supporting Literacy Instruction (November 28 - December 2).
You'll get personal responses to all your questions, view webcasts, and
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