Today I went to a very inspiring staff development workshop on Reader's Workshop. I am lucky to part of a group of teachers who are piloting some new reading units being designed to address the Common Core Standards. More about that another time....
What really got me excited today was a video we watched from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (love those guys). You can watch the video HERE.
The teacher in the video uses a continuum of thinking about themes in literature to help her students to reflect on their own thinking about a text. The continuum was a large piece of butcher paper with the continuum outlined on it. To prepare for the discussion, the students had to make a claim about the theme of the book they were reading and write it down on a sticky note (she used very large sticky notes). The students then decided where to place their sticky notes on the continuum.
Here is the continuum:
As I was watching this, my mind began swimming with the many, many ways I could use a continuum like this to help my students to think about their reading. What an awesome self-reflection tool for them and a great road map for their learning. Also, it is a great way to get students talking about their thinking...which we all know is not easy to do! If I think about the common core standards for reading, listening and speaking, this strategy nails it on so many levels. Its a strategy that could also be used for other subject areas as well, including math and writing.
Where do you get these continua (I think that is the plural for continuum)? I started thinking about that as well. We have rubrics for everything nowadays, and I think you just create a continuum by pulling apart the pieces of your rubrics and making them a little more kid-friendly.
I really hope you have a chance to watch the video. I think it is going to be a game-changer for me!!
Enjoy the tail-end of your week!!
Love and peace,