So if we want our students to write and to love writing we have to walk the walk. Today is day one of learning how to take the first step in a public way. I am participating in a fantastic opportunity being hosted by author Kate Messner. To learn more visit her page: Teachers Write!
Today’s prompt is: You Come, Too:
Summer on Long Island, driving down the road… I love this one pressing the volume louder: “Um boom ba bay. Um boom ba bay. Ba ba boom ba be be.” The sun is drifting aimlessly through the canopy of green leaves that shade the quiet suburban street. “Pressure!” Manicured lawns are dispatched with with taste and efficiency – pleasing but wholly expected. A world view that is crafted by a legacy of the Greatest Generation and post World War cohorts will do that to you – work hard – work hard – family – live up to expectations you’re standing on their shoulders they worked hard to get you here don’t lose it. “Pushing down on me. Pushing down on you. No man ask for under pressure!” I can’t believe he didn’t show for our meeting, Man, interviewing people is draining – can sense their vulnerability, and admire their courage. Putting it all out there taking that step taking that risk. Really what am I? Lucky some of this is also just lucky. . “Ohh I like this part,””Why love love love love love…” Singing a along now “Can’t we give ourselves one more chance? Why can’t give love that one more chance?” Swiftly taking the turn, onto the winding road leading h o m e… passing the mailman he’s walking slowly checking his letters a gentile reminder of the world I grew up in, singing again “Cause love’s such an old fashioned word. And love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves this is the last dance. This is our last dance. This is ourselves under pressure.” snap snap snap… Pulling into the driveway turning off the car, stepping out into the warmth and sighs.
Storify Twitter Chat
This is an archive of a Twitter Chat I hosted tonight. Enjoy!
Scaling Skyscrapers for CCSS
This is a blog post I wrote some time ago, that is relevant to today’s discussion for inquiry and critical thinking…
Fountas & Pinnell provoke thinking as they challenge teachers to hold fast to what is important for reading instruction. If you have not heard of #F&PCoreValues I urge you to join in the discussion. Here they are for you to consider.
Schools are Places Where:
Students think, talk, read, and write about relevant content and ideas to achieve a high level of competence and develop as global citizens.
Students are members of a cohesive literate community that sustains their literacy growth and success.
Students engage in authentic inquiry that challenges their thinking and expands their intellectual curiosity.
Students have a strong sense of agency that propels their independent learning and builds their capacity for self-regulation.
Students have extensive opportunities to read, write, and talk about a wide variety of texts in a range of genres and disciplines.
Students have frequent opportunities for choice independent reading to build mileage, stamina, and interest as readers.
Teachers systematically assess the impact of instruction on student learning and use data to improve literacy performance.
Teachers know the specific reading, writing, and language behaviors of each of their students and use their knowledge to make expert teaching decisions.
Educators work as a team to take collective responsibility for high achievement of the widely diverse population of students in their schools.
Educators engage in and value their own continuous professional learning and support the learning of colleagues.
“A child is not a letter or a number. They are a person who will grow up and inherit the world. Who do we want them to be? What do we want the world to look like? We must fight to protect the space of childhood, the person before the number, the curious inquisitive creative learner, the community member, the little guy shooting spider-man web hands at you when you are lining up at recess.” Kristi Mraz http://kinderconfidential.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/184/
I think we can all agree with this. Childhood is sacred, and we are it’s guardians. Let us teach, let students learn and grow.
Did you ever fell like this?