Sunday, July 2, 2017
#cyberPD Week One
This summer I'm participating fully in CyberPD! There is a great hashtag on Twitter. There is also a Google+ community. Come join us!
I love to "talk shop" when it comes to literacy. It's not uncommon for me to ask about reading instruction and what you are excited about in your classrooms. There is no other motivation for it than I love to hear what other Brilliant Educators are doing. So this is a fair warning to my local friends...get ready, I'll probably want to talk your ear off about this book. :)
What struck me right away in chapter one was the idea of focusing on the whole of the instruction rather than the pieces. In my reading instruction currently, there are all kinds of pieces! This idea that when we teach our pieces to students, we rob them of the experience of figuring it out them selves! When I'm focusing on the whole, I'm aiming to help students develop problem solving skills over all, not to simply "get" a skill.
Yes! Now without reading on, this is a shift in learning for me. Knowing I need to learn more, I am wondering what a schedule would look like. How am I instructing emerging readers to read from a problem solving standpoint, rather than "workshopping" through all my teaching pieces?
I loved moving on to chapter two, because a bit of this was laid out for me! On page 24, the reading on shared interactive read aloud had me thinking about complex text and empowering students to tackle complex text on a daily basis.
As I considered the reading process in chapter 3 and balancing the science behind why I do what I do already (workshop with mini lessons) as well as the art of teaching, I can't wait to read more.
Can I really approach this time from a problem solving stand point? I can't wait to see how this journey goes!