Weekly Video Update

Make Cycles

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

Google+ Community

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here.

Week 8 Reminders & Updates

Week 8 Reminders & Updates

Hello everyone!

Grade Update: I sent a grade update to y’all earlier. Loved reading your responses to Miller from last week: you continue to do such smart work with the ideas in her book. I appreciate your reflective stance as you think about the teaching of reading. I wish I had time to give more specific feedback to your posts, but I decided I needed to trade reading them carefully and getting you some grades for lots of comments. I’ll endeavor to get back to comments in our next cycle.

Thank you for continuing to be so creative with your makes: from Sarah’s “slime recipe” to Casey’s pop-up book to Sandra’s snowflakes to Lynsey’s map, and all the great art, games, poetry, lesson plans from all of you… super creative work.

Also, do yourself a favor and listen to Alice Thurber’s (from our class) reading from The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Alice, you could sign an audio book contract. Stunning.

New Make Cycle: Make 4 Cycle is now up under Weekly Work drop down menu. You have a bit of a break this week (honestly, I need to catch my breath while I get caught up in the other three classes too), so just one post this week on Friday. A little more reading, but only one post. I would get started on Miller chapter 3 and your free verse novel so that you’re ready for Friday’s prompts.

Picture Book Assignment: Friendly reminder that the picture book resource assignment is due by Oct 27. There is a category on our G+ community called Picture Book Authors: Sharing our Resources. Megan’s is already there (yay Megan!). The link with your picture book author selection is also at the bottom of the assignment description, but HERE is the link too.

Digital Media & Learning Conference: I had an amazing week last week at UC Irvine. If you’re interested, you can find the talks from the conference here. I highly recommend watching danah boyd, Esra’a Al-Shafei, and Ricardo Dominguez talks. All of us who work in this DML community are interested in access, equity, and social justice and the use of digital literacies in meeting those goals. I often blog for this community; you can find my blogs here. This work is some of the most rewarding for me.

Enjoy your free verse novels! And thank you for your continued thoughtful work. Hope everyone is staying safe and your families are safe too in all the fires surrounding us.


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