Showing posts from February, 2016

Classroom Language

I recently attended two awesome conferences.  The first was the National Reading Recovery Conference and the second was the Dublin Literacy Conference.  A major theme at both of those conferences was classroom language and the way we talk to and questions kids.

The first session I attended about this topic was with Peter Johnston who is the author of Choice WordsandOpening Minds.  He went line by line through a classroom conversation of 2nd and 3rd graders around the book The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.  The conversation the kids had were more mature than some adult conversations I've heard recently.  Peter then talked about how the teacher's questioning and presentation in the classroom had created this environment. I've read his books but I wonder if I'm just now ready to hear what he has to say.

Two and a half weeks later I attended the Dublin Literacy Conference where Kylene Beers, Bob Probst, Kristen Ziemke, and Amy Ludwig Vanderwater all spoke about asking op…

Love/Hate relationship with blogging

I love and hate blogging.  I love writing a post that I feel great about and sharing it.  I also hate blogging, well not blogging, writing.  Writing makes you vulnerable and puts you out there in a way you otherwise wouldn't.  My friends Mandy, Deb, Cathy and Karen have been gently shoving me to write more. Then this post from Karen Szymusiak popped up the day after the most recent bout of shoving.

Karen so eloquently describes the way in which powerful things are not perfect.  Go read her post, it's brilliant.  This got me thinking all about the shoving and the blogging.  So here I am writing my first post in a very long time.  It's not perfect or powerful but it's here and that's better than I did yesterday.

Maybe I'll see you again tomorrow.