Reciprocal Teaching and Discussion Director

14 Oct

Reciprocal teaching and discussion director pretty much go hand in hand.  Discussion director is a small part pulled out of reciprocal teaching.  I feel as if reciprocal teaching is more in depth than the discussion director.  If you want all students to be involved in higher level thinking, the best to go with would be reciprocal teaching.  This allows for all students to think of questions to ask their group members.  When students do not have the role of the questioner then they are still having to think in depth and comprehend what they just read so they will be able to discuss the book.  In Dr. Mark’s class we do something similar to the Reciprocal teaching.  We do this thing called Teacher’s Lounge and each time we do one we are assigned a role in our group.  We then type up a page that deals with our role and have to be ready to discuss the topic with our group members.  Some of the roles we have in our group is; questioner, synthesizer, exceptional student, illustrator, among a couple other roles.  This is a great technique for students to pick up on what they need to learn.  It is also something I plan on using when I have a classroom of my own.


Struggling Readers

28 Sep

After reading the article it has made me think about how I am going to help struggling readers in my classrooms.  The biggest question brought up is how exactly can you raise the scores of your lowest readers.  The first thing you need to do is test the student to determine what a challenging leve would be for them to read.  If you give something that is too easy they won’t excel and if you give them something that is too hard they won’t excel either.  As a teacher, you will never have the same reading level from student to student.  When developing a multi-text unit, you must make sure there are text for every reading level.  Trade books are a great way to incorporate that into the unit.  When dealing with online.  I would partner the students up to make sure they are all getting the information they need.

Pirates! Argggh!

21 Sep

When thinking about starting a unit I think the hardest part is trying to figure out just how exactly you are going to introduce it.  The pirates unit is a great example of how you can get students involved and interested!  Language arts and social studies are beautifully intertwined. 

Getting students interested in the lesson was fantastic!  I love the fact that the teacher let them come in and explore different stations you had set up around the room.  They were learning without even knowing it!  And I believe it is extremely important to set the mood and by having music playing that dealt with pirates really was a great idea!  Once they got some information the infamous KWL chart was brought out for them to express what they learned and what they want to learn.  Having them share and get excited about pirates is a great way to get them excited to learn.

I love the fact that you study two types of text together.  This allows students to think critically and make connects from the non-fiction to fiction.  Being able to make connections is what is going to help the information stick.  One concern I may have when creating a twin-text unit is what exactly to choose.  There are so many books out there but exactly which books would be the best to use.

The double-entry-diary (DED) is beyond brillant.  I have never thought of doing anything like this.  If students can make connections from what is important in the text to themselves they are more likely to obtain it.  It also a wonderful tool for the students, when completing a larger assignment they can come back to what they had already wrote down and be reminded of something else they could add.

Last but not least is 21st century skills.  This pirate unit incorporates the 21st skills in every way you can think of.  It allows students to do their own research online as well as relying on themselves to get the project done.  Teaching and incorporating the 21st century skills is one thing I am afraid I just will not be able to do well.  After reading about the pirates unit and how easily it fit shows me that is not as hard as I think it will be.

So Much Depends Upon

14 Sep

So much depends on upon my hair dryer.

It makes my hair go from limp to life.

If I did not have my hair dryer you could just call

me bedhead for the rest of time.

Free Verse

14 Sep

The Indecisive Tree

On my way to work

there is a tree

that isnt quite sure

if its







First Writing Minilesson!

9 Sep

My First Minilesson!

Love That Dog

9 Sep

If you do not know how to introduce poetry to your class and do not know the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, READ IT!  This is a perfect way to get students interested in poetry.  It is a book about a little boy who does not know how to write poetry, understand it, and he even says it is a girl thing.  Eventually he comes to love it.  It shows kids that it is okay to take ideas from other poets and use them to create your poems.  If you are writing in a writers notebook this is also a great book to read with/to the class.  It is in a format that is like a journal.  Sharon Creech referenced a lot of poems that children will not know and she understood that.  In the back is every poem that is being referenced in the book.  Before starting you could read those poems to your students.  I am sure they will be confused about the meaning just like Jack was.  When you read the book they will realize that you can learn to love poetry and understand it just like Jack did!