What I learned in Ch. 5 and 6 of this book is the importance of the teacher as a facilitator of learning. By coaching, observing, guiding and giving more and more clues over the loud-speaker to each of our students when they need them, I can help them meet their goals, help them to celebrate their learning along the way even when it includes failures, and help them to go even further than they imagined. When my students are taught something in a whole group mini-lesson, it is the beginning of the journey to make that learning sticky. My job is to simply keep sharing the tools and keep showing my students all of the different pathways to achieve their goal over time as needed. If I want learners who are driven, independent, engaged, and excited about learning, I need to show them what that looks like and help guide them to achieve that desire to love learning and always grow one step at a time.
|My Sketchnoting of Chapter 5 and 6|
- The tools in this book can provide the support and inspiration our students need to succeed.
- Representing ideas in drawings, shapes, icons, and words help solidify understanding.
- Demonstration notebooks can extend a lesson for a small group ready for the next level of understanding.
- If....then..charts help students to solve their own learning quandaries.
- "The Best of the Best" charts keep strategies available for choice and differentiation in units.
- Bookmarks allow students to show and use what works for them and also to challenge themselves to try a more difficult strategy as they read/write.
Chapter 6 Big Ideas:
- Keep the spark lit for students: use pop culture, metaphors for life, sports, and humor to engage these tweens (and keep learning relevant, creative and fun!)
- Get pop culture ideas from students themselves! They will love to share what is "in"...and "out".
- Build my classroom with and for my students and their needs.
- Use tools that are effective and engaging for the unit and teach students to help create and use them.
- Less is more with teaching tools... don't be wordy....keep tools fresh and student friendly!
Quote from pg. 106, "We can place things in front of our students to lift them up and help them believe they can extend their reach, all the way to their dreams."
I look forward to implementing these tools/ideas/strategies with my students this fall!