This past Saturday, I took time to learn with our local professional group The Literacy Connection and Kate Roberts. Kate Roberts came to spend time with us as we think through her new book, DIY Literacy. Kate is delightful, uplifting, and offers sound advice as we think about instructing our students in reading and writing. The only downside to our day together was the lack of wifi which limited our tweets for sharing our learning. While it was great to stay in the moment, I might have shared these thoughts.
Look for the moments when you are frustrated and/or you say things in your head, I've already done this or said that - that's when a tool might be needed.
We want tools to be personal, responsive, supportive and lead to independence.
We have this weird idea – kids should be working really hard all day, its not healthy or necessary.
A bit part of tool making is personal, it isn’t perfect.
More tools are better than perfect tools.
I know this past summer the #cyberpd community read this book and had lots of grand discussions around it. Authors Kate and Maggie released some wonderful videos at the website for readers to watch. I have a confession, because this book is marketed for third grade and up I didn't order it for my summer pd stack. I knew I was missing out on something but was determined to stick to my already purchased reading plan. I think this book is going in my bags to #ncte16. I'm so excited to read and learn more about demonstration notebooks, learning progressions, and chart planning.
Kate will be back in the spring, if you are local and would like to hear her speak.