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- Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century

- Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century
0 Comments July 22, 2011 By: Silvia Tolisano Jul 22 Written by: 7/22/2011 12:39 AM ShareThis One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. An “H” snuck into the Acronym! What does this “H” stand for”? I started out by searching Google, which immediately wanted to correct my search term and showed me the traditional “KWL chart” results. The top search results turned out mostly downloadable files for templates, which was quiet interesting as there were several explanations in these tutorials what the “H” could stand for: HOW can we find the answers to these questions? In direct relation to our quest to bring Information literacy in the 21st century to our teachers and students, the “HOW will we find the information” sticks out right away for me. My Twitter network was much better in helping me extend my search for KWHL. Related:  Rigor in Reading

How to Mind Map a text book How to Mind Map a Text Book is often asked when having to learn large volumes of information. Mind Maps in Education started with "Using Mind Maps for note taking as an alternative to Linear Note Taking. Using Mind Maps as part of a study method is still one of the most popular applications of Mind Maps and Mind Mapping. By using Mind Maps for notes, you can reduce volumes of writing to a single page. The main idea behind the use of Mind Maps as study notes, is not simply to make notes on the subject, but to actually organise the notes. The structure of the notes should reflect their original thought of the author and, if possible, reflect your thoughts on the matter. We will look at how to Mind Map a Text Book, as an example. You can use this method to Mind Map most non fiction books, as they normally have a good structure, with a table of contents. We will use the Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps as our sample book. Get Every Issue Free! 1. Now flip through the pages.

University of Victoria - Counselling Services Choose a section preferrably not longer than 25 or 30 pages - perhaps one chapter, or a section of a chapter - that you can handle at one sitting. Step 1. Read the title, the introduction, and the conclusion (5 minutes). Step 2. Step 3. (Force yourself to do steps 1 to 3 in less than 25 minutes.) Step 4. Step 5. When you are finished, you should try to figure out how all the material you have remembered fits together - not necessarily as it is presented in the book, but as it is organized in your own thinking. Step 6. How to Read a Difficult Book Even if you have lots of experience in reading books, you will still come across books that are just difficult to get through. You may find the reading slow because of the subject matter, the language, word usage, or the convoluted plot and character elements. When you are just attempting to get through the book, it may not really matter to you why the book is difficult. You just want to finish the work, so you can move on to your next reading pick. Difficulty: Hard Time Required: Varies Here's How: Find your reading spot--a place where you can be comfortable and read. What You Need Difficult bookTimePatienceDictionaryPenPaperHighlighterPage Makers/Flags

Rigor and (Independent) Reading | Million Words Campaign By Andy Donnelly, TFAnet National ELA Content Leader When we talk about independent reading, we’re talking about students reading books on their level. We’re also talking about books that, for whatever reason, we might not read as a whole class. In pushing independent reading, it might feel like we’re lowering the rigor of analysis that students perform. That’s simply not the case: we can push higher rigor through independent reading. Reason 1: Independent reading frees your instruction to be more rigorous. Because students are reading books on their level, the books you read as a whole class can be at a much higher level. Thing about independent reading as the counterbalance to the main texts you teach in terms of level, student support, and student enjoyment. Reason 2: Independent reading can be as rigorous as (or more rigorous than) your class instruction. Think about ways to increase the rigor of the books that students read.

Recognizing Rigor in Classrooms: Four Tools for School Leaders (Web Only) By Ronald Williamson and Barbara Blackburn Few people question the need for America’s schools and classrooms to be more rigorous. But there is little agreement about what rigor is and what it looks like. In Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word, Barbara Blackburn defined rigor as creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so that he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008). Rigor is more than a specific lesson or instructional strategy. Expectations We’ll start with the first part: rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels. Almost everyone we talk with says that they have high expectations for their students. As you work with teachers to design lessons that incorporate more rigorous opportunities for learning, you will want to consider the questions that are embedded in the instruction. Tool 1: Questions and Responses

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. The online world, too, tends to exhaust our resources more quickly than the page.

3 Digital Reading Challenges for Summer This summer, more than ever, how we read may be just as important as what we read. In April, researchers at West Chester University published a report arguing that eReaders could lead to decreased comprehension and fluency. In this New York Times article, the professors suggest that the interactivity, easy access to a dictionary, and constant use of text-to-speech could actually hinder the development of students' reading skills. However, the examples highlighted in the article focus on the content -- comparing traditional, paper-based books to electronic versions with a high level of interactivity such as games and video -- rather than addressing the skills and strategies implemented in the reading process. As I wrote in a previous post, students now have the potential to customize their reading experiences with mobile devices. Challenge #1: Reading in a Browser Only after much listening did I discover that the true issue wasn't the act of reading, but rather the process of annotating.

Are You Reading The Wrong Books? What Science Is Saying About Fiction Readers Proper LIT literacysite_belowtitle posted By Will S. Will S. For most, the love of books starts in childhood. I bet all of those are copies are Harry Potter! What has science concluded? In 2012, Standford University did research into why this is. “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” Your brain does amazing things while you’re reading, the breadth of which researchers are still defining. This compassion was notably detected in children reading Harry Potter. The conclusion of the study was that children who identified with Harry as a character reacted to his sympathy for marginalized groups (such as “mudbloods”) by becoming more sympathetic towards similar groups in contemporary society (such as the LGBT and immigrant communities). What does this all mean? The authors of another study, David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, tackled this question, but also asserted that what you choose read is important! Your brain will thank you.