How Does Literature Fit Into Design Thinking?

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

Catching Up

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

3 Tips for PBL First-Timers

This school year, I’ve implemented a project-based learning curriculum.  As with trying anything for the first time, the students and I have been learning from our mistakes, but I can say without a doubt that it is worth trying out.  Students have been engaged and I’ve seen a marked increase in the quality of work I’m getting.  Here are some tips I have if anyone wants to try it out.  To help contextualize these tips, I’m using a project we did this year during the first marking period, the MyPhilly Project (scroll down to check it out). Continue reading