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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Penny Kittle - Workshop Handouts

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Handouts from 20 workshops conducted by Penny Kittle, a very accomplished speacialist in teaching reading and writing P-12. A great deal of wonderful material here; some of it is very clear without explanation, some of it makes you wish you understood the context -JL


via Lynette Van Dyke

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21st Century Critical Literacy: Is Traditional Reading & Writing Enough?

Is traditional reading and writing enough to be considered literate in the 21st century?

Check out this slideshow from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano which asks us to "rethink our notion of critical literacy." She also suggests that we "develop authentic learning and assessment opportunities {as we} upgrade and amplify our curriculum."


Via Beth Dichter, Susan Golab
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Get Organized Around Assets ~ Educational Leadership

Get Organized Around Assets ~ Educational Leadership | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo

 

"Before I became a high school English as a second language teacher 9 years ago, I spent 19 years as a community organizer, primarily in immigrant neighborhoods and with institutions focused on immigrants. Organizing is a process of helping people—many of whom might be reluctant to change—learn new skills and engage in the world in a way that improves their situation. Organizing means helping people use their assets—their experiences, traditions, and stories—to reimagine themselves and their dreams. It's about helping them tap into their intrinsic motivation and embark on a journey of action, discovery, and learning. I call the process that successful organizers use the organizing cycle. As a teacher, I've adapted this cycle to help English language learners become accomplished readers and learners.

 

"The organizing cycle includes five actions: Build strong relationships with students; access prior knowledge through stories; help students learn by doing; identify and mentor students' leadership potential; and promote the habit of reflection."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Ferlazzo takes his background as a community organizer and applies it to teaching language skills. He focuses on ELLs, but the strategies are applicable in virtually any setting. This article synthesizes so much excellent pedagogy.

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