Informational Text Standard 7. Ooh. Am I the only one excited about this? I have dubbed this standard: Beyond Text. This is really a FUN standard that is often overlooked. In middle school in particular, students need this standard increasingly more as they navigate and interpret visual, audio, and multiple forms of written text. Let’s take a look at the… Read more →
In December I got an email from a teacher who said that the concept of teaching textual evidence and having it stick was overwhelming and too much for her weaker readers. We emailed back and forth and I sent her some resources. To introduce her students to textual evidence, I told her to remove the text and just focus on the skill of supporting inferences with evidence with picture books. For one week she spent 15 minutes each day discussing what it means to make an inference and support it. Then, she modeled it with a picture book.
Today I got an email where she introduced a challenging text to her third graders and they were able to dive right in and back up claims with textual evidence. The lesson? Don’t ‘hide’ skills in the text. Model it and explain it as a skill and then teach students to apply it to text. This changes the accessibility and lets all students have access to the skill set regardless of their reading capabilities. Scaffold in the text and gradually increase the complexity then.
These are the step by step instructions I gave her as she introduced it to her class from a picture book a day for a week and built from there.
It’s 2012. The Digital Age. A Post Racial Society. These phrases have been used to describe our modern day society. As much as I want to believe that these words equate a change inchange, I always peer sideways and question how much of thise type of ideology has become praxis. Cultural acceptance and sensitivity is just that–a praxis. Unfortunately in our… Read more →
One of the fundamental precepts of Flat World Teaching is cognizing the diversity of not just our physical classrooms, but of the global community. The concept of teaching in a flat world means that we recognize that our students will engage, interact, and compete with students from all over the globe. Many teachers mistake Flat World Teaching as being a… Read more →