Thursday Thoughts

db4de-slice-of-life_individualToday 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!Image result for grid post it notes

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!


9 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. Tammy, you inspire me. From post-its to anchor charts, from candy to good pens, you’ve created such a special place for learning, with all the supplies to cue up success. But even more importantly, you’ve created a place for adult learning — safety and push, support and urgency, poetry/books/ideas galore. So grateful for you and our coachingship/friendship that continues to deepen.

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  2. Tammy I have to qulify an english exam including precise,comprehension ,essay and vocab can you plz guide me where to start and I am also reading wren and martin

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    • Keep reading! Write down your thoughts about your reading in notebook. If there are moments where you read more and have more understanding write about that too.
      Reading specifically for one thing at a time can be helpful too. Read for words you do not know, make a list and then try using the new words in sentences.


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