Monday, March 26, 2012

Why did you join?

"I'd love to learn more literacy strategies so I can be a phenomenal instructional leader for our staff! I love to continue my own professional growth."

"I joined because I was asked to join but also to learn something new to bring to the classroom and help to improve and grow my skills."

"...interested in learning about different reading and teaching strategies."

"...eager to expand my knowledge about strategies."

" improve reading comprehension."

"...develop higher level thinking."

"...participated in last round and wanted to dig in a little deeper."

"...hope to gain new insights."

"...heard great things about this book."

"...opportunity to share with peers."

"Free food! LOL"

First Meeting Agenda

March 26, 2012
Spring Book Talk

Comments Welcome!


1. Meet, Greet, Eat
2. Jot down 2-3 reasons and/or hopes for joining this book talk.
I will post these on our blog as a guide for our work during the next weeks.
3. Strategy 1: Save the Last Word (Dear Readers on p. IV).
4. Visit Blog:
5. Strategy 2: Read “Setting the Stage” and use Coding Strategy (p. 177).
Thoughts about this strategy?
6. Week One Homework:
  • Go to our blog and Post your quote and reason for choosing it. (Save the Last Word)
  • Finish read the chapter "Setting the Stage" and continue with the Coding Strategy.
  • If you're inclined, feel free to Comment to a Post and offer your insights, reflections, perspectives, or questions.
  • Bring a Unit or any instructional plan you teach. This could be a Unit Past, Present, or Future. Maybe it's one you're just outlining; it might be your next chapter in math, social studies, or science; it might be an informational text unit. This need not be a formally drafted unit. Just a rough idea of the unit goals, activities, and assessment. We’ll be collaborating on instructional planning and embedding of literacy strategies. Should be fun and worthwhile. Kind of a brainstorming session.

Next Meeting: April 2. We’ll end at 4:00 so folks can attend the DEEA meeting at 4:15.

Contact Hours awarded= 1 CH per hour 1.5 CH per group session.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Welcome to our Blog

Using a blog to share discussions is a differentiated approach to book discussions. Here is an opportunity for asynchronous chats about topics we encounter during our meetings and beyond our meetings. Some folks find the writing opportunity beneficial. During each week post at least once on a topic of interest from the text. Commenting is an important process too so please Comment also at least once to someone's Post.

Signing up for a Google account and Signing in is the optimal way to blog. However, you can Comment and Post, but you will need to select from the dropdown list and choose anonymous and sign your name at the end of your Posts/Comments.

Play around with your own Profile if you like. You can add a photo and write a bit about yourself. Our Blog may become part of a future MCLP sharing...