nancie atwell « The Reading Zone I have had a lot of questions over the last few days asking about how I run my reading workshop. For some reason, there aren’t a lot of resources out there about using reading workshop in grades 6-8. However, I have read a lot of professional resources, observed in various workshop classrooms, and modified a lot of activities originally for the primary grades. Today, I will take some time to recommend the professional resources that I have found to be the most important for my knowledge and planning. Books: 1. 2.The Reading Zone: HOW TO HELP KIDS BECOME SKILLED, PASSIONATE, HABITUAL, CRITICAL READERS by Nancie Atwell- In her newest book, Atwell focuses on the power of independent reading. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Websites: Beth Newingham’s Teacher Resources: Mrs. ReadWriteThink: Great lessons for literacy! These are the resources I turn to most frequently while planning my reading workshop.
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Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool It’s ironic that assessment in schools is most often “something adults do to students,” as Rick Stiggins puts it, because all humans are highly evolved for learning, and self-assessment is a powerful tool all learners use. Whether you are trying to master a recipe, solve an equation, improve your golf swing, you continually ask yourself questions such as “Have I learned to do what I need to do?” “What did I do wrong?” “How do I improve?” and, most importantly, “How did I learn that?” All, assessment. Wouldn’t it be great if schools didn’t turn a finely honed learning skill that all students master to some degree (if they can read and write, for example) into a blunt instrument for institutional measurement that clearly hasn’t been working? Second part: On December 10, make a presentation, no longer than ten minutes, on any or all aspects of what you have learned in this course. “It won’t count on your final grade at all.” Shareski trains teachers. "Dear Students,
The Fischbowl Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Teacher Resources, and Rubrics from TeAch-nology.com Learning and Laptops +1800 FLE Fiches pédagogiques gratuites Kristin's Blog Super Teacher Worksheets 2¢ Worth Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world. The only idea I can think of is to have one or two session rooms devoted to unconference topics. Now to the surprises It was in the student showcase, a part of most ed-tech conferences that I often miss, using it as an opportunity to visit the exhibitors or dash up to my room for something or other. She then began telling me what they were doing, describing some of the communication skills they were learning as well as social studies and character. “No software. After my hesitation, she continued, “..the game master.” Seeing this was energizing to me. Donna Hitchings, Snaderson HS, WCPSS