“I think that many teachers have been subjected to intensive efforts to remake their small-group instruction so that it is 'just so.' There have been so many books written on how to lead small groups in precisely the right ways that too many teachers approach a little hub of readers, gripped by anxiety over doing this The Right Way. Meanwhile, the whole point is to be personal, be responsive, and to channel kids to do some work while you observe and coach.”
– Lucy Calkins, in A Guide to the Reading Workshop
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently released the results of a fascinating survey on technology trends in education. For the past four years, CoSN has surveyed IT leaders in K–12 schools across the United States in an attempt to better understand the growing and crucial field that is school information technology. The survey posed questions on topics such as challenges, budgets, and priorities.
See below for the full transcript of the #TCRWP Chat.
by Anna Gratz Cockerille
Nowhere in literacy work are reading and writing more inextricably linked than in the research process. When a learner is researching, the skills called into play run from decoding and processing large amounts and higher levels of text, to creating organizational systems to record information, to analyzing and interpreting findings for others. How exciting, then, when students are researching, their authentic literacy skills on display. It’s important to provide students with the opportunity to research various topics, in various forms.
See below for the full #TCRWP Twitter chat transcript!
By Anna Gratz Cockerille
The Units of Study for Teaching Reading series by Lucy Calkins and colleagues is a curricular program unlike any other. Each grade-level kit contains and unparalleled mix of resources, plans, and tools that will help any teacher, novice or veteran, to enrich their reading workshop instruction.
Bonus Twitter chat! This past Saturday night, author Amanda Hartman hosted an impromptu Twitter chat for #TCRWP educators stuck at home because of the storm. She focused on developing strong writing communities (Writing Units of Study). See below for the archive. And be sure to join the weekly TCRWP chat on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm eastern. This week's topic (1/27/16) will be "reading with grit and power" and will be hosted by Cornelius Minor and Natalie Louis.