Beautiful view in Charleston


I just got home from a weekend trip to South Carolina with our daughter.  I committed to three days away from twitter, blogging and Facebook.  A little detox program for me as well as my family.  But now that I am home, I can’t believe all of the posts and tweets that I missed.  Two hours of blog/twitter learning-loving it!

First of all #cyberPD has been announced, and they chose Opening Minds by Peter Johnston.  I have not read this book but I have read Choice Wordsand really liked how he focused on words. “As teachers, we have to decide what to be explicit about for which students and when to be explicit.”  I am thrilled to be actually joining #cyberPD this year instead of silently watching like I did last year.  Do you want to join me and the other members?

Next, my friend Tracy at Teaching Stems is in the process of writing the Top Five Things she learned this year.  She has posted her Top 4 and all of them were insightful and made me stop and think.  But #3 Eyes on Print really hit a homerun with me.  I have never required my students to record the number of minutes they read or have to make connections/apply a strategy to their at home reading.  I am one of only or very few in my building that have this philosophy.  I feel strongly about this for many reasons, but it really is based on my own two children who aren’t readers. I believe because they weren’t encouraged to read for the joy of the story or allowed to choose their own books.  They both had structured reading:  set genre months, set pages or minutes to be recorded and finally must read number of books each month.  It saddened me and still today I am heartbroken that my influence did not change them as readers. I still encourage them and they still see me reading all the time. We’ll see maybe over time they will enjoy reading-I certainly hope so.

Finally, I got caught up with my Wonder Year team, and they posted some great connections with wondering and wonderopolis.  Thanks team for some amazing posts.

Jon at The Wonder Years

Barbara at Wondering Through at 2012

Sarah at Wandering and Wondering

Sam at What a Wonderful World

Melissa at Off We Go Exploring and Wondering

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