This school year, I’ve been working on establishing, with the learners, what Reading Class should look like in the 21st century. )I’ll share a more detailed analysis of the setup we’ve decided on in a later post.) For now, I’ll say it’s a combination of Reading Workshop and PBL. This new class setup got me thinking about the connection between traditional literacy and literacy in the 21st century, about how they connect. It got me thinking,
how does literature fit into design thinking?
Design thinking is the basic framework for a lot of project-based learning and reading literature is the key component of reading workshop; I knew they were both important independently, but when I finally realized how important the connection between the two is, a hardware store worth of lightbulbs went on in my head. Continue reading
Classroom management is a tricky subject. It’s even trickier when attempting to give learners more voice and choice in a learner-centered classroom.
How can a teacher control the classroom without taking autonomy and freedom away from learners? This is a question I’ve kept coming back to this school year. Continue reading
As part of reading workshop, I focus on conferring one on one with students, listening to their ideas and sharing teaching points as well as next steps they can take to improve their reading skills. One conference, in particular, taught me a lesson in empowering students to become teachers and push their own learning to the next level. Continue reading
Hello all! It’s been over FOUR MONTHS since my last post. A big part of why is because of how busy my summer was. A lot of exciting things have been happening, both personally and professionally. Personally, my summer consisted of getting a new car (out of necessity, unfortunately), moving, and, most importantly, getting engaged! Professionally, I’ve moved on from my 10th Grade English position to a 7th Grade Reading position at Salisbury Middle School in Allentown. It’s been absolutely awesome so far, and this transition is giving me the opportunities and room to keep growing as an educator, as well as affording me the chance to work with a different age group. Continue reading
The past two weekends I’ve been at college graduations, one for my brother and one for my girlfriend’s sister. (Congrats Jake and Kirst!) Sitting in those unceremoniously long ceremonies, I started to think about my own mindset shortly after I graduated…
What Am I Doing With My Life?
The year was 2012, and I was just starting to seriously consider my future career. Through a network of connections, I was put in touch with the Superintendent of a local district who was gracious enough to talk to a recent grad he didn’t know about education. I knew I was interested in the field, and being a teacher had been rolling around in my head since I was in high school, but in that hazy and overwhelming period of time shortly after graduating college, I needed some guidance. I emailed the Superintendent introducing myself, after which I asked him the question that still makes me cringe: Continue reading
Like many other teachers, this is my first week back after Spring Break. It’s really easy for teachers and students alike to struggle those first few days coming back from break (the struggle is real), but this time also provides a chance to refocus on our goals and recenter ourselves. Continue reading
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”