Monthly Archives: February 2015

Early Literacy Practices that Work K-3 – February 2015

Good to see everyone today!  I hope that you enjoyed the session as I tried to make some minor adjustments to meet the feedback provided from January.  The energy in the room was tremendous-great conversation!

In this session we spent a large portion of our time looking at Chapter 6 in our Debbie Miller books and relating that to our existing building or district ideas on literacy.  This involved digging deeper into the literacy concepts of inferring and using questions (by teacher and student) to stimulate learning in our classroom.  We also worked through some activities where we as participants were able to take on the role of student in applying these same concepts.  These resources are linked below!  The discussion was great with many ideas and thinking shared.

We also visited a resource to consider in the MEL for Kids resource and accessing the list of kid friendly databases specifically referring to Kids Info Bits.  Who knew the State of Michigan had such awesome literacy/library based resources?  Now you do!

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to share what you have accomplished with early literacy instruction in your building/classroom and please consider reading the following:
Chapter 7 and 8 in our Debbie Miller book.

Documents we worked with:
PPT Presentation
Hocked Gems
Ask Great Questions Lesson
Question Stem Pictures

How Children Succeed book study

We are about 10 days from the next LCN day.  I hope you are enjoying the chapter  (#3) on “How To Think”.  If you have not started it yet, it is rather long, but it will read like a story since it tracks an intermediate school, IS 318 in Brooklyn, and their chess team.  I will be bringing some videos in around this school and relating it to the larger idea of creating thinkers.  Enjoy and see you soon!!

Questions that are floating through my brain are around “FLOW” (term is defined in this chapter), and 10,000 hours of practice, coupled with the age old debate of whether it is better to develop interests in lots of things versus whether it is better to develop one skill/interest  deeply.


RtI in Literacy Reading Reminder


We are about 10 days away from our next LCN gathering and I wanted to remind you about the chapters for our conversation. We had agreed to read Chapter 12, “Closing the Gaps for the Hardest to Reach” and Chapter 14, “Reducing the Incidence of Early Reading Difficulties: Professional Development for Classroom Teachers Versus Direst Interventions for Children”.

Believe it or not, the chapters do shadow each other in theme.  I have been thinking about the first chapter especially, almost non stop since I read it.  It was rather mind blowing for me.  Especially when it is layered over our learnings last year from Peter Johnston and Doug Fisher’s Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework.  So I would like to switch up our discussion format just a bit and combine both articles for our conversation cafe when we meet.  I will give just a quick overview of the main points and then start the conversation with an essential question.

Happy Reading and I look forward to our time together on February 26th!!

Balanced Literacy Picture from Workshop Cafe Conversation

LCN Beginning Participants,

Thanks for a wonderful day this week in conversation and professional learning.  During the Workshop Cafe Conversation the topic of Balanced Literacy came up.  I happen to have a picture of a graphic illustrating the Balanced Literacy Framework, from a Lucy Calkins institute that we hosted about 3 summers ago, that I shared with the group.  Here is that graphic if you were interested in it.  Balanced Literacy Framework Picture

Thanks for your work and see you at the next LCN meeting!