I do love summer PD! This third week of #cyberpd I am in my third location. As I write this I am sitting in an airport in Northwest Arkansas after a weekend visit to my younger son, a recent college graduate who had just started his first career. Before I begin about the book a few observations about our weekend: I brought him two books I had just finished reading (Ungifted and The Honest Truth). I told him that if he was not going to read them we could leave them in the Little Free Library we were going to visit. He said he did not like to read “kids’ books” like me, but that I should leave them with him (so I bought two new books to leave at the Little Free Library). During the weekend he did not pick up a book, but he read a lot, switching back and forth between his phone and tablet.
Reflections on Chapters 6 and 7:
Once again I liked the reflective questions the authors posed. I will definitely add questions about digital reading to my start of year reading interest survey. I know that from last year’s class not many used devices to read linear text, but I also know that I did not really ask them much about their digital reading lives and I definitely was not as explicit as I plan to be this year in broadening their definition of digital reading. The tools mentioned for assessment were not new to me, but I know that I have to be more intentional and authentic as we move through the year. We started the year by brainstorming a list of ways to share our learning, but this year I think we should also add on purposes for each, so students can be more intentional in their choices. I know I have to get better at documenting the assessment. I have dabbled in Evernote in the past, but as I am not a good typist I often forget to jot notes. Using it to record conferences will make it more likely to happen.
I think that a part of my job as a teacher is parent education and I would like to do a better job helping families to see how their home and school/work reading lives are connected. I would also love to find way to get parents and other family members more actively involved in the learning we do at school. Some parents commented on the student blogs, but many more did not. I would like to survey parents to find out way they will engage. I liked all of the tips for family outreach.
Thanks to all the participants in #cyberpd- it is always a highlight of my summer to learn with so many other educators. Special thanks to Cathy, Michelle, and Laura for hosting this and leading the thinking. You chose a great book (again!) and I look forward to trying out many new ideas and sharing the learning with colleagues as we head back to school in a week and a half.