Why do *I* have to facilitate discussion? Facilitating book talks that start with student inquiry #uiwp2012 #PBLchat

When I started the year, I had 56 students in one of my sections and 50-some in another.  (Want to try your hand at trying to manage that classroom on the first week?)  As the year goes on, my classes get smaller, due to our transient student body at my school — kids move, transfer Read More …

demo on more thoughtful writing actually with the formula #uiwp2012

Today, a demo from the #uiwp2012 presented ways to encourage more critical thought in classrooms that encourage the plop-and-drop formulaic writing we see, say in Advanced Placement timed-writing situations.  We practiced using a graphic organizer that I have seen in other similar formats.  Titled, “Turning the 5 Paragraph Essay into a Thoughtful Response”, the organizer Read More …

Echo Literacy Tasks: a roadmap to integrating Common Core

As the site Literacy Facilitator at my New Tech school, I’ve been faced this year with just a bit more than anyone else making the transition to a PBL or 1:1 classroom.  After the New Tech Annual Conference last August, I had some of my foundations shaken by how much student empowerment was going to Read More …