The Learning Letter
May 6th, 2016
3 BIG NONFICTION Questions to Ask Every Time
What Did the Author Think YOU Already Knew?
What Challenged, Changed, or Confirmed Your Thinking?
Take a look at how these 3 simple questions transformed thinking in a social studies classroom.
Dan Meyer: Beyond Relevance and Real World
The Lesson of Grace in Teaching
"Sure, good instructional techniques are necessary for good teaching. But they are not sufficient. They are NOT the foundation. Grace-filled relationships with your students are the foundation for good teaching, because it gives you freedom to explore, freedom to fail. Freedom to let students take control of their own learning, freedom to affirm the struggling student by your own weakness. Grace amplifies the teacher-student relationship to one of greater trust in which a student can thrive."
Interactive Bulletin Boards
Bringing STEM into Stories
Jennifer Shettel and Carolyn Angus report,"Literature is an important component in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. We have selected nonfiction and fiction titles that are good choices for introducing lessons and opening discussions on STEM topics. Some of the books suggest hands-on activities, and all are good for independent reading in the STEM disciplines."
Check out these read alouds to address STEM topics.
What Turns Kids On to Reading?
- Frequent opportunities to read for pleasure in school (D.E.A.R., etc.)
- Teacher reading to the class
- Access to “good books” in the classroom
- Teachers giving an interest inventory and then matching kids to books
- Early (preschool) exposure to good books
- Book clubs (recommendations from friends)
- Reading a book in anticipation of the movie
- Books based on TV series
- Choice (This is an important one—research indicates that children who have choices for in-school reading generally are motivated to read more and have more positive attitudes toward reading)
Rochelle Gutierriz: Stand Up For Students
Rochelle does a beautiful job in this ShadowCon speech.
“Standing up for students” means holding a higher ethical standard for your work than others may hold for you. It means being able to confront a colleague, an administrator, or a school policy when they stand in the way of students learning rigorous mathematics and developing robust mathematical identities. Ultimately, standing up for students means putting the best interest of students first (ahead of what’s the easiest thing to do or the most popular thing to do). It means being able to look yourself in the mirror each day and say, “I’m doing what I said I was going to do when I went into this profession.” And, if you’re not, asking yourself: “What am I going to do about that?”
3rd Grade ELA Learning Lab
Third graders took a closer look at how authors share a message/information on a similar topic. Many noticed signal words, details, rhyme. Next steps- How does the information the author presents build? How does one event lead to another? Why is that important?