#NTAC12 Ignite: “The Cylons are still out there; don’t FRACK it up”

Welcome, fellow NTAC-ers.  Thanks for visiting my page after hearing my short Ignite talk, “The Cylons are still out there; don’t FRACK it up.”  I have done my best to compile some recourses that you should be useful for your reflection or implementation in your own classroom.  I am guessing these will make up most of the FAQs, but please submit questions as comments to this page or as Tweets to me @babsaj.  I had little time and tried my best to present/define the problem of FRACK-ed up rubrics while offering some practical solutions.

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You said something about “Discovery rubrics”?  This page, if anything, is set up to get some feedback on the “Discovery rubric” concept that I am prototyping this summer before I use it in my classroom.  The aspect of “Discovery” applies to the writing risks students can take to revise their work or let it evolve into something new, beyond the initial prompt.  I hope that providing some areas to “discover” in writing, I can guide students through revision of some of my quicker Echo Literacy Tasks and then build a semester portfolio of student work.  Again, these are conceptual prototypes.  Please, get in touch with me if you use them to let me know how it goes!  I certainly want to roll out more of these for more than just the Informative /Explanatory NTN rubrics.

How can students construct their own rubrics?  I set up a quick template that uses some of the ideas shared by another University of Illinois Writing Project fellow as part of her teaching/writing demonstration.  Feel free to use it yourself.  Pay attention, though, to some of my comments on the electronic documents themselves since I make some notes on how to use them effectively.

What was that book you referenced?  I read The Nine Rights of Every Writer by Vicki Spandel as part of the University of Illinois Writing Project.  Some other readings you might consider are “Speaking My Mind: In Defense of Rubrics” by Vicki Spandel“On the ‘Uses’ of Rubrics: Reframing the Great Rubric Debate” by Eric D. Turley and Chris W. Gallagher; and “The Writing Rubric: Instructional rubrics can help students become self-regulated writers” by Bruce Saddler and Heidi Andrade.

What other literacy resources can you pass along?  As a New Tech Network Literacy Facilitator for my site, I crafted a flowchart that will help teachers/facilitators of all areas to create Literacy Tasks: “Guide to Brainstorming and Building Echo Literacy Tasks”.

Who is this guy?  If you can’t figure it out through my blog here or on Twitter, fill in the details by reading my informal resume on LinkedIn.  Otherwise, the ten-second version could boil down to this…I teach English in a New Tech school where I have enthusiastically embrace the PBL process and the collaborative environment that the New Tech model brings to education.  I am also the site Literacy Facilitator for my school.  This summer (2012), I spent a lot of time retracing the roots, so to speak, that led me to be a writer.  I loved to write as a high school student, and I was reminded of this when I joined the University of Illinois Writing Project — a local chapter of the National Writing Project.  Over the summer, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the writing process and the approaches we take in teaching writing.

What is the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP)?  The UIWP is a local chapter of the National Writing Project (NWP), which dates back to 1974. All NWP sites serve educators in K-16 by providing professional development under the premise that to understand how to teach writing, teachers must also practice writing themselves. Partnerships between universities and local schools create a collaborative atmosphere of writing, reflection and development of best practices, and this could not be more true of the the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP). The UIWP also takes a great interest in the study of digital literacies and teaching writing with technology. In partnership with the Illinois Center for Writing StudiesDepartment of English, and the College of Education, the UIWP hosted its first summer institute in 2008. Since then, local teachers from schools and colleges in Champaign and surrounding counties have shared and collaborated to improve the UIWP to better serve students. NWP sites can be found across the country, so be sure to check to see if a local chapter is near you!

What was all that nerd jargon?  / What the frack is Battlestar Galactica?  Find out more about Battlestar Galactica on Wikipedia, on a fan-cultivated wiki, on the SyFy website, or by watching it online — Netflix and Hulu have the full series.

Can I get the slides? Right here: The Cylons Are Still Out There; Don’t Frack It Up  Also, I will open the GoogleDoc draft of my talk for commenting, too.

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