#cyberpd Week 3- DIY Literacy
Chapter 5- Just for You- Tailoring Teaching to Meet Students’ Needs
Bringing it back to the students again- how to use each of the tools to match our students’ needs and be ready to have students not need them anymore, as we want students to use them to grow (which means they will not always need the same tools, but will be ready to move on to the next)
Chapter 6- Nuts and Bolts- Tips for Making Teaching Tools Effective and Engaging
I loved the problem and solution format of this chapter- another example of how Maggie and Kate seemed to be talking directly to ME! All of these problems are MY problems (how did they know?!). My main issue is my lack of confidence in my artistic skills- I have even bought a book this summer in an effort to remediate my chart creation skills. Having confessed this, my students have never once said, “What is that?” “I can’t read that!” or anything similar and that is one of the bonuses of creating charts with students, as they know what they are all about. I wish I were more artistic, but I know that I can make teaching tools that work, even if they are not award winning. I liked watching charts being created live on the videos.
As with any good professional book, I can see the need for me to take action based on this book. I am excited to use these teaching tools this year and will definitely go beyond literacy. I love the Padlet that Michelle has set up so that we can see more examples and I hope that we can keep learning with each other throughout the year ahead. I am excited that our ELA coach is reading the book too because she is a change maker (yay Heather!). Hearing all of the #cyberpd voices has made this a richer experience for sure!