Yup, I get it. I’ve been kind of a lazy blogger lately. It’s so easy to post to twitter and just move on. I’m working on getting my act together again. I still love the mission of this site: Literacy Everywhere…Saving the World Through Literacy!
I’m still learning every day, still in love with being a teacher, still trying to save the world through literacy!
Stay tuned for more postings!
Two Worlds Collide!
Today, my books and bling life and literacy teacher life get to collide again. I love when this happens!
I love reading. Even more that that, I love people who love reading!
So, when I had the chance to write a post for the awesome Nerdy Book Club, I was all in! These are my people! I feel so at home with the Nerdy Book Club. Though I try to visit a variety of blogs, this is the one I never miss!
Check it out here: http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/my-kids-hate-reading/
I hope you join all the Nerdy Book Club awesomeness! It really is great to be Nerdy!
I simply cannot wait to have days & days to read this summer, but I know many of my students don’t feel the same way.
I can’t (as much as I try, wish, pray, & dream) make anyone love reading or use magic to zap my non-readers into Reading Rock Stars!
What I can do, and really love to do, is share awesome book titles with students and parents. Maybe one (or two, or three, or more) of those books will click with a kid, or inspire them, or lead them to other books. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
I am not a fan of summer reading assignments for my students. I have tried a million different things (well, maybe not a million, but quite a few) to get kids to read over the summer. Assignments that force reading just don’t work for my students. It’s hard enough to get some of my kids to read during the year, so I sure don’t have any pull over the summer! Most of my kids don’t think about school at all during the summer. Summer assignments get ignored, forgotten, and unfinished. Then they start off a new school year already behind. It is huge DISLIKE all around! So, it doesn’t happen in my classes. I always suggest books, have lists available for students and parents, and hope that they read. If your kids (and parents) participate in summer assignments, YAY YOU! Do what you know works for your students!
Here are a few of the Summer Reading Lists that I’ve seen floating around. I’ll keep posting them as I find more.
Be sure to check out your local libraries and book stores, too. They always have super awesome things going on-most with prizes!
If you have a great list or a book you think kids will love, do send it my way.
Scholastic Summer Challenge
The Teacher Report: 20 Summer Reading Picks
Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees for 2012-2013 (great list of awesome reads!)
Big news! I’m applying for a grant to Flip my classroom next year! I’m very excited!
I’ve been reading so much about Flipped Classrooms and cannot wait to try it out! I believe it will help increase student engagement and motivation, allow me to differentiate more effectively, and allow me to go full force with the Common Core!
Here’s the shortlist of what I’ve been reading (mainly from http://www.flippedclassroom.com/)
The Flipped Class Manifesto by Brian E. Bennett, Dan Spencer, Jon Bergmann, Troy Cockrum,
Ramsey Musallam, Aaron Sams, Karl Fisch, Jerry Overmyer,
How the Flipped Classroom is Radically Transforming Learning by Jon Bergmann, Aaron Sams
The Flipped Class: Shedding light on the confusion, critique and hype by Aaron Sams
Are you Ready to Flip? by Dan Spencer, Deb Wolf, and Aaron Sams
“The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality” by Jon Bergmann, Jerry Overmyer and Brett Wilie
“The Flipped Class: What Does a Good One Look Like?” by Brian Bennett, Jason Kern, April Gudenrath and Philip McIntosh
Private School Math Teacher Flips Learning by Stacey Roshan
The Flipped Class: Show Me the Data! by Stacey Roshan
Teachers “Doing the Flip” to Help Students Become Learners
This infographic from http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/ is AWESOME!!
Created by Knewton and Column Five Media
Now I’m trying to figure out just what technology to include in the grant. I know that I want the following:
- Document Camera
- Digital Video Camera
- Photoshop Elements and Premier Software
- Glogster and Storybird subscriptions for my students
- Headsets with microphones
- SnapScan Mobile Scanner
- Webcam (that will move with me/the students)
I’d love to hear your feedback on both technology & your experiences!
As I strive to be positive about the Common Core, I realize that I must also be realistic.
I will always do what is best for students, so articles about the Common Core fall into the “Must Read” category for me!
Making the shift from only reading for enjoyment to academic reading has to happen, but I would never want to dampen a child’s love of reading for pleasure! Joanne Yatvin shares the same concerns in her EdWeek post. The idea that anything outside of the Common Core should be completely eliminated just doesn’t sit right with me. There are also specific guidelines/approaches for teaching that don’t appear to include all of the research and best practices. That worries me, too.
Another huge concern of mine-spending (already drastically limited) funds on shiny new “Common Core Approved” packaged literature-is also addressed by Yatvin. I have never found an entire program that met the needs of all of my students or one that matched my teaching style. That is, after all, the main reason why I can justify being a master hoarder. There isn’t one awesome think, book, lesson, technology, or gimmick that is going to fit everyone! And I thought we were moving away from that!
Read the article here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/02/29/22yatvin.h31.html?tkn=VZOFXZVsu%2Fopuos8f9DGuC7vsAOc2NxXSJ00&cmp=clp-edweek
I’d love to hear what you think!