Weekly Video Updates

Make Cycles

Our course is organized by two week “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. We will read, discuss, and write based on the mentor texts we’re reading. You can find the weekly tasks for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Google+ Community

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We will upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and “makes” here. Peter Kittle’s class will be joining us too.

Week 4 Update

Week 4 Update

Oh my gosh: I loved loved loved reading your insights into the About the Authors chapter and the 1st grader’s writing! Sounds like you are enjoying the book as much as I do and your responses were so good! Seriously. So good.  Grade update was sent today (Monday, 9/11).

One thing that was interesting if you read through all of your posts is how many of you noticed spelling on first glance at Josh’s Mammoth story. Some of you talked about the impulse to correct all the spelling and how you realized that may not be the most helpful approach. I really appreciate how much you are all puzzling over that challenges of writing with little kids and noticing the interesting thinking they are doing. Josh is doing such interesting work with spelling and clearly is starting to understand that words are made up of patterns. You might find this article helpful for thinking about spelling specifically: we really do gain understanding over time. If the first thing a child sees on her writing is lots of corrections and red pen marks, she’ll stop writing so much. It’s all about picking the things to correct and knowing that over time you’ll see growth. But they must be writing for you to see growth, so the amount is important. It’s also about knowing which things to address in a mini-lesson with the whole class and which things to address with an individual student.

I decided I didn’t need a new video this week since I talked in last week’s video about the two week Make 2 Cycle.

Up next: you’re reading mentor texts this week (The Dot, Alexander…, and Harris Burdick/”Moving Vines”) and thinking about their structures you might borrow for your stories. And writing stories! I gave some ideas in last week’s video.

Our featured curators for this cycle are Tamara, Elizabeth, Grace, Sophie, and Jake. They’ll be reading through our work and highlighting our cool ideas and stories (I sent you five an email yesterday with some info). If you have not yet read the featured blogs from last week, you should. Many of you were highlighted! Thanks again to Alice, Jessica, Rafael, Caleb, and Bailey!

Thanks everyone. This is a great group of humans in this class. Appreciate your work.

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