Although the students resist, I insist they keep an idea/thought/interactive notebook.
I always stress that note taking is one of the essential skills they’ll need in high school and college. They practice Cornell, discussion and even sketch note taking in the hope that they find a system that works best for them. All notes are handwritten.
For this morning’s warm up, I projected and read an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, written only yesterday, with up to date research on the benefits of written rather than typed notes. We had an interesting discussion about low distractions such as drawing and doodling. I explained that according to research, that also helps you think.
It appears that I am not the only teacher who insists on hand written notes. Their social studies teacher has the same idea.
A propos our unconference, Art Costa has some answers.
I remember going to an ASCD training week for peer coaching several years ago. He even came to speak at one of our conferences. Although Costa still talks about habits of mind, this education leader always moves forward.
Watch this short video on what Costa has to say about ‘responsible risk taking’ and how a school can encourage this behavior as long as …
This morning we sat around my new round table and discussed the implications of expectations, risk taking and independence in the classroom.
Carol Dweck’s opening remarks in the podcast (especially the first sentence), really got me thinking:
“You may be standing farther away from someone you have lower expectations for. You may not be making as much eye contact. And it’s not something you can put your finger on. We are not usually aware of how we are conveying our expectations to other people. But it’s there.”
After some soul searching, we admitted that we need to change our behavior towards certain students.
The student who needs the most love is often the least lovable student.
I did not begin with a purpose questions, but asked the students to reflect on their reading by completing a handout. (The same one that is used in the video).
As part of their ‘takeaway’, the ELLs had to reflect on the activity. The consensus was that this was an activity that encourages participation by the whole group, and the discussion helped clarify main ideas etc.
I have been following Larry Ferlazzo for years. I always find a video, image, comment or activity to use tomorrow in either ELL Reading or Writing. His lists of ‘The Best..’ seem endless. No matter what content or level you teach, you will find an idea to embed in your lesson design.
His teaching experience is vast; from beginner ELL to IB Theory of Knowledge.
Thank you, Larry, for enriching my students’ learning experiences.
Joan Clarke, the only woman on Turing’s team, says the following more than once:
“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine”.
What struck a chord was the first part of the statement. Just replace the word ‘people’ with ‘students’. How do we educators, within the constraints of our one size fits all system, reach out to, value and include each and every learner?
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