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Dynamic Teaching For Deeper Reading Reflection 1

For the next few weeks I will be participating in #cyberPD.  This online community will be reading and reflecting on Vicki Vinton's book Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading.  This first post will focus on the introduction and chapters 1-4.  If you'd like to learn more about #cyber PD you can go to Cathy Mere's blog or Michelle Nero's blog.  Thanks to both of them for hosting.

Vinton did a great job setting up the argument that we need to adapt our teaching to prepare students for a world that we don't yet know.  Teachers are no longer the holders of knowledge; we have to create thinkers who can parse fact from fake and think deeply about a variety of texts.  I loved that she referred to Terry Thompson and his scaffolding work.  I heard him give a presentation on this and he talked a lot about the amount of work that teachers do vs the work students are doing.

Chapter 1 The Necessity of a Problem-Based Approach to Teaching Reading

This is where we start…

Summer Possibilities

In May summer vacation seems like endless possibilities for learning, lunching, and lounging.   I go into every summer with grand plans of how I'm going to organize everything in my house, get my health back on track, read every professional book I've every heard of, read the ever growing pile of books I keep around for myself, listen to podcasts and audio books, plan for next year and relax.  I've never gotten to all of the things, or really a tiny sliver of the things.

This summer was going to be different.  I am going back into the classroom full time and I was creating a strategic plan of how I wanted to improve and better myself this summer.  The possibilities of having a full day classroom again are so exciting, except I have to teach Math.  I haven't taught Math in three years....obviously this is an area of focus this summer.

Well...we are three weeks into the summer and here's what I'm working on.

My health-I've walked an average of 11,000 steps p…