1 year 48 weeks ago
from Isabel McLeanLearning how to read is really not enough any more. The power and magic of reading instruction is not only in teaching children to decipher text but also in having students transfer the joy of comprehension and deep understanding to their personal independent reading lives. To this end, I am so excited to read Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey’s new book Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (... (6)
1 year 51 weeks ago
from Bill GoldsmithAn umbrella leans against the classroom door, a yellow poncho hangs from our coat rack, and a pair of yellow rain boots are placed neatly underneath. “So what sort of weather am I expecting?” I ask the students. With great exuberance the hands shoot up in the air. Inferential thinking doesn’t just apply to reading, it applies to our everyday lives. Making Meaning’s unit on... (1)
2 years 11 hours ago
from Isabel McLeanThe blog post I was prepared to share today got lost on my computer. I am sure it was my fault. I am often too impulsive and get frustrated with slow technology and restart my machine without realizing that I haven’t saved everything I should. I woke up this morning, sat down to edit, and it was gone. I searched in my recycling bin, my recovered files and all to no avail. I sat for awhile...
2 years 6 days ago
from Tracy ArrowsmithRead-alouds are at the heart of several Developmental Studies Center (DSC) programs. Typically a text is read on the first day of a week of instruction, and lessons on subsequent days use the text as an exemplar or point of departure for instruction. Given the central role of read-alouds at DSC, we thought we’d share the considerations that go into selecting texts. Here are eight questions... (1)
2 years 2 weeks agoOne of Developmental Studies Center's most important program principles is to create a caring community of learners. The programs from DSC are designed to create communities and thereby to provide the close relationships that are prerequisites to learning, and the experience of supporting and being supported by the community’s other members. Why? Children need to be part of “a...
2 years 4 weeks agoA program can only be as a good as the person facilitating it with the children. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) does such a great job of outlining the important skills and qualities of a successful leader as well as the importance of training and use of volunteers. These learnings are specific to AfterSchool KidzLit, but certainly could apply to any good programming we do with...
Monitoring Writing Progress: Forrest Elementary Continues to Make Strides with the Being a Writer Program
2 years 5 weeks ago
from Patrick GrahamWhen we last checked in with Forrest Elementary, the school had completed a couple of months of Being a Writer instruction in every grade from kindergarten through sixth. The writing instruction has progressed even better than we had hoped! First grade teacher Christine Dreele is finding that her students are able to come up with more detail than in previous years. Kindergarten...
2 years 5 weeks agoThe great folks at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have learned so much from implementing the AfterSchool KidzLit program that they wrote a guide on best practices for their sites. They shared this guide with us and we want to share it with you; there is a lot to be learned here, and I hope you find this helpful. Thank you to the National Boys and Girls Clubs of America for allowing us...
2 years 6 weeks ago
from Eben MontaquilaLooking back on how little my teammates and I knew about lesson study, I am in awe of how much my teammates and I have been able to grow since we started our journey in October of 2010. As a rookie teacher, I loved the idea of actually having a structured time and format to sit with my teammates and discuss the planning and teaching of a lesson in detail. Recalling what I actually thought I... (2)
A Gradual Release of Responsibility: Getting Students to Self-evaluate Their Use of Comprehension Strategies
2 years 8 weeks ago
from Bill Goldsmith[Editorial note: we love that Bill was inspired to extend the strategy instruction in the Making Meaning program. We wanted to note that he teaches these lessons in a small group setting and Making Meaning, as written, is typically taught using whole class instruction.] As the year progresses it is my goal that students begin to take more ownership of each strategy that I’ve taught...