Reading chapters 4-6 gave me a lot to think about but also, it gave me a lot to do. I found myself creating projects in my head as I learned, so I figured for my blog I would share a few of my very simple ideas implement my new learning because we all know it’s one thing to read the books and write the blogs ... now we must carry this forward into action.
As I read chapter four, I mentally created a project to help me change my language. Everywhere I take notes or meet with students I’m going to make myself a “Feedforward” Cheat Sheet. Small [an index card?] and to the point, with reminders, questions, sentence starters and anything that will keep me focused on providing process feedback. In essence, it will be like tying a string around my finger.
Project two includes me taking “Read Aloud” off my schedule and out of my vocabulary. Those small few sentences on page 56-57 were a light bulb moment for me. That time has never been just about me reading aloud, it is so much more than that. “Thinking Together with Books” is exactly what we’re doing, so why aren’t we calling it that. The focus is on the book and students’ thoughts and wonderings, so the time should be rightly named. (Anyone else with me to start a new movement?!)
And finally ... simply “thank you.” I can think of so many times when I could have replaced “great job” or “good work” with a simple, thank you. I loved reading about the young reader who was so proud of himself for pointing to each word and grinned from the simple response of “thank you.”
Of course I have a whole list of quotes that I wanted to remember from these chapters. My evernote, post-its and highlighters got a workout. I’m loving reading everyone’s thoughts. Thanks Cathy, Jill & Laura for being such great hosts! :)