When literacy instruction is intentional, writes Regie Routman, both teachers and students are very clear about desired learning outcomes and those outcomes propel students forward as readers, writers, and thinkers in meaningful ways. The first step: make no assumptions.
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Frontloading begins “by consciously building a strong foundation of knowledge, processes, and strategies that will enable the learner to do the inquiry, problem solving, task, writing, reading, and so on, with minimal guidance and support,” says literacy leader Regie Routman.
If children are born thinking, as Art Costa tells us, we should be deepening their ability to think effectively, comprehensively, and nimbly early on. Cathy Gassenheimer shares an amazing Georgia resource to help parents and educators work on a child’s comprehension from birth.
Visible Learning for Literacy by Frey, Fisher and Hattie is a just-in-time resource for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to ensure students can effectively read, understand, and explain their learning. Cathy Gassenheimer highlights the book’s focus and video resources.
John Hattie’s 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning is a compelling read, says Cathy Gassenheimer, and more accessible than some earlier books. Organized around the ten mindframes, it concludes with a vision for education for all students. It’s one of those “must reads.”
In the Muscle Shoals schools, Quality Questioning is transforming primary classrooms into places where students are thinking deeply, discussing topics at an adult level, and learning from each other. Instructional partner Diana Ritter reports on what’s taking place.
Measuring What Matters, the February issue of EL magazine, is full of ideas sure to enrich your professional learning, says Cathy Gassenheimer. She highlights four articles to whet your appetite for exploring how we can measure student progress more effectively.
Educators gain valuable insight and inspiration by adding voices outside our field to their learning networks. Cathy Gassenheimer offers her own example – thinker, innovator and prolific author Seth Godin. Learn more about this unusual business guru who has written 18 bestsellers.
Cathy Gassenheimer really liked a recent article in ASCD’s Education Update titled “Stay Calm and Teach On.” It’s written by Update editor Sarah McKibben and does a great job of pulling together classroom management tips, insights and advice from some “reliable sources.”
If you’re looking for a way to give students a greater voice and spur more meaningful learning, discussion and collaboration, Spider Web Discussions might be for you. Cathy Gassenheimer recommends The Best Lesson You Never Taught by Alexis Wiggins to get you started.