April 14, 2010 | Posted At: 01:47 PM | Author: Laura Robb | Category: Projects
, Teaching Tip
This year, while working on a reading unit in seventh grade, I decided to meet with strategic reading groups to model good questioning techniques and productive book conversations. Once students understood the purpose and goals of small group discussions, I invited them to have conversations on our class blog. All students loved discussing their books this way. A great bonus was that students reluctant to share and those who assiduously avoided sharing all participated on the blog. In evaluations, seventh graders gave high ratings to blog discussions.
I invite teachers who use blogs in the classroom to share what they and students do. We will all benefit from this extended conversation.
April 7, 2010 | Posted At: 10:53 AM | Author: Laura Robb | Category: Independent Reading
, Teaching Tip
Try integrating drawing into projects on instructional or independent reading. Students can illustrate a poem, a chapter from a book, or a short text. Illustrations can highlight a character's problem, personality, a conflict, a theme, or a big idea. Another way to integrate art into reading is to have students create an illustrated time line of five or six key events in a novel. For students who are visual and artistic, drawing is a terrific way to illustrate their understanding of and insights into a text. Try to reserve time for students to present these projects to the class.
Please share successful reading projects you've done that integrate drawing, music, or dance.