Perspectives

I was excited to read two recent reports from researcher John Hattie: What Doesn't Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction and What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise. Hattie, whose seminal research is on the educational

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“I make the point that you need firstly a diagnosis, an analysis of what the problem is. You need a vision of what a better alternative would look like. And then you need a plan to get there—to go from this to that.”
—Sir Ken Robinson

Your Own Private Atlas

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance
  • I’ve been looking for a good literacy chat on Twitter, and just stumbled upon one that I really enjoyed: #teachwriting.
     
    The discussion this week was on writing across the curriculum. First, let’s just define writing across the curriculum. I love this definition from @sandyrotto:
     
     
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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance, Systemic Support
  • Plan Now for Summer Reading

    May is Get Caught Reading Month, and it’s time to start making your plans to encourage students to keep reading once classes are over. Try these resources to get your students involved in independent reading all summer long.
     
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  • Capacity Building: Deprivatizing Practice
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Reading
  • In just a few weeks, a group of educators will gather at Downers Grove North High School, a school located in the suburbs of Chicago.  This event would not, at first glance, seem to be cause for celebration, much less notice.  After all, there is probably a meeting in progress at every moment of every single school day in nearly every location throughout the globe.

    Assumptions can be a dangerous thing; in fact, they oftentimes go a long way towards killing collaboration within a school.
     
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Writing
  • Paper Chains

    This text was reprinted with permission from Craig Vroom's blog (April 29, 2015).

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  • Capacity Building: Shared Agreements, Inquiry Stance
  • I received this note in a Facebook message:
     
    Most Recent: April 11, 2016
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Reading, Writing
  • Digging In

    This year my school has embarked on a huge project that I’m really excited about. We have our school using the same rubric for writing argumentatively. We decided last year that we would use the science claim-evidence-reasoning framework to teach argumentative writing. I say argumentative writing loosely here because it fits with many other types of writing as well (analytic, explanatory, etc.), the general principle is the same.
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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Writing
  • For years, whenever my students and I read a novel, I would pass out a study guide with a list of questions for each chapter. By giving students the study guide questions―questions I wrote―I could make sure that students wouldn’t miss anything in their reading. Too often, students would read too quickly and miss details. Requiring students to answer study guide questions was my way of getting them to slow down to notice what they were reading. To get them to see the dots that they could later connect together. 
    Most Recent: March 28, 2016
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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Writing
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • Content Areas: Mathematics
  • Leadership Matters

    Leadership as the driver for change is one of the five essential components of educational improvement according to Anthony Bryk, former director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research and currently president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. That proposition is seconded by Karen Seashore Lewis and her colleagues at the Universities of Minnesota and Toronto who note that while the most important school factor in student achievement is the quality of teaching,

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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance, Systemic Support
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    Most middle level teachers will tell you that they struggle with the paper load, especially as numbers increase in their classrooms. We are always looking for ways to streamline the process, make it more efficient and more timely in terms of getting work back to students. However, our efforts in that direction sometimes have a down side: lost opportunities to “speak” to our students.
     

    6 Essentials for Educators

    As educators, we are well versed in what works, and does not, in education. Day-in and day-out we get a fresh take at new opportunities. And, each day I get an opportunity to improve on the day before. We are, as the saying goes, a work in progress.
     
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture