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 1 (Introductions & Getting Situated)

Week 1 (Introductions & Getting Situated)

Week One: Introduction week and getting ourselves situated

Aug 27-31

Featured children’s book: Chrysanthemum

My goal in this first week is for us to get to know each other and situate you to the platforms we will be using throughout the course: this website and a Google+ Community. I would also like to begin the first of our conversations about the teaching of reading. By the end of this first week you will:

  • Request to join our Google+ community
  • Write an introduction to the community (and hopefully upload a picture or even video!) so we can get to know each other. Say hey to each other by responding to a couple of people. We’ll always post on our Google+ Community. (How-to video that explains how to post HERE.)
  • Read “A Puzzle to the Rest of Us…” by Bronwyn T. Williams and write a response. If this link doesn’t open for you, I also will email it as a pdf to your WildcatMail account.
  • Make book selections through this LINK and place book order asap at your book seller of choice.

*Note, I explain a lot of the above tasks in the Welcome video that you can find from the home page. Link here too.

Timeline for Week 1:

Post in Google+ Community in the area that says Week One: Introduction.

By Wednesday (Aug 29): post your Introduction.  If you can post your intro before Wednesday that is even better, simply because I’m very excited to meet you all! Once you’ve shared your post, say hello to a peer, make connections to another human. 😉 If you’re the very first person to post, please come back and respond to another peer soon. 

Things you could tell us in your introduction: your name, where you’re from, what brought you to Chico State, what your goals are for the future, what you’re looking forward to this semester, why you want to teach…

By Friday, Aug 31: make your book selections<–use link here.

Also, by Friday (Aug 31) Read the Williams’ article and respond to the reading. Prompt is below.

Prompts for Williams (post in our Google+ Community in area that says Week One: A Puzzle to the Rest of Us) by Friday, Aug 31:

  • What kind of reading do you do outside school? Do you read differently outside of school? Does your out of school reading connect with the reading you do for school? How so? Or why not? What “counts” as reading for you? What about when we’re reading posts on social media? Or email? Or texts? 
  • What are your take-aways from the reading? Point us to a passage or two to consider as a class. How do his ideas compare to your understanding of reading?

(Expect this response to be 2-3 meaty paragraphs)