Today is the last day before my spring break. I am thankful for the time to be home in the coming days and the drive I do not have to make!
Earlier in the week I purchased grid post-it notes! This purchase has been one of the bright shining moments of the week! I love these and have been using them constantly. I was introduced to them by Lisa Vahey my dear coach mentor!
Workshop Wednesday yesterday went really well. I love these sessions. I held 3 yesterday and one team postponed until after spring break. The conversation surrounded reading comprehension in all content areas. I was finally able to use a Stephanie Harvey article entitled: Comprehension at the Core from The Reading Teacher magazine. The article is amazing and packs a lot of information about strategic reading in 8 pages but the best part is the Comprehension Continuum. The continuum lists out questions to use for comp categories ranging from literal questions to actively using knowledge questions. It is an amazing resource.
I had a think sheet for teachers to use and then be able to use with kids at a later date. It was a SENTENCE/PHRASE/WORD think sheet. I had the teachers use it to record from skimming the article during the PD.
Each set of teachers had a great discussion about the balance between doing what is instructed and what is best for kids – it isn’t always the same thing. We talked about reading in all classrooms and how it is our responsibility to connect that reading is thinking. As always, stories about students were prevalent and we had a few laughs – and a few pieces of chocolate!
PD and these professional conversations are the favorite part of my job.
I started the workshop with a quote from Marianne Williamson. You can find the whole poem here. The first two lines are:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
I want my teachers to remember they are powerful, but they are also supported! The work we do every day can be exhausting and sometimes thankless. When they know better, they do better, and that is always my hope for them!