I was just looking in our aggregator (web tool that pulls together LPS teacher sites, including blogs and wiki’s) and saw this page: https://lenskib5.wikispaces.com/message/list/Read+Alouds . I find this fascinating on a couple of levels. First off, 716 comments is incredible. That in and of itself is commendable—that’s a lot of thinking, reflection, and metacognition. Then I noticed the views—I’m not a great mathematician, but there seems to be a 1:5 ratio from posts to views. That means kids’ work and thoughts are being reviewed at a tremendous rate. For example, I noticed that the instructor has posted some prediction prompts from a text. Not only are kids predicting future events, but they’re seeing each other’s predictions. Now I suspect that they’re reading not only to find out about their own predictions, but to see if their peers’ predictions will come true. That has to be a classroom of engaged readers.
Last week Dan Maas and myself had the pleasure of working with the LPS K-12 Leadership team, which consists of building principals and district administrators. Their task was to revisit the TPaCK model and then evaluate the four following scenarios through that lens. Using sticky dots, they were to place the classroom described in the appropriate domain. Our team only had 30 minutes to run the exercise, which unfortunately cut down on our opportunity to debrief and subsequent whole group discussion. Still, we were told by many that this was a valuable framework through which to consider technology integration in their buildings. As you may know, LPS has a district-wide initiative, Inspired Writing, at each building that is connecting netbook technology with process writing in Language Arts classrooms. Our results so far have been impressive, and we’re looking to extend that demonstrated effect.
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