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.

Updates & Reminders for Weeks 1 & 2

Updates & Reminders for Weeks 1 & 2

Hello everyone,

I just finished reading and commenting on your responses to the Williams’ article and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your ideas. You did such a great job weaving your reading experiences with the ideas in his text. I pulled some great insights from Michelle, Jessica A., and Lainie below (thank you!):

Helping students understand all the possibilities of what it is to be defined as a reader will give students more hope and maybe less anxiety about their own personal definition as to what a reader is. –Jessica A. 
Overall this article was a great reminder to be aware of the associations we are unconsciously thinking in our heads about reading over the years. Also, we need to not be afraid to talk about it openly with our students, so they are aware and make this change on how they view reading as early as possible. –Lainie
In school there are a variety of different types of reading. Story reading is very different from science textbook reading which isn’t the same as reading directions which differs from the reading you do in computer class. Let us also not forget reading situations and people. —Michelle
And, here are some friendly reminders and updates:
  • The first Make Cycle is up: Fairy Tales. I’ll invite you to think about the role of fairy tales in our culture in your response for Tuesday…your initial ideas about fairy tales. Link on the site under the Make Cycles page and HERE too. Each Make Cycle is typically two weeks and ends in you making something related to the ideas you’re reading about. The goal is not just to consume texts, but to produce something from those texts…to make something with the ideas. 
  • If you have not done so yet, here is a quick how-to video so you can turn off notifications for G+ (so you don’t get an email every time someone posts): LINK
  • Every time you post to G+, you’ll respond to a peer’s ideas. Every. Time. Post one; respond to one. I want us to build a community of readers and colleagues. It helps to think of this class as a group of educators coming together to think about the teaching of reading (not a student; you are already an educator). Talk to each other about the ideas. Some of you are already writing fabulous responses to each other; thank you!
  • PLEASE NOTICE THIS: Here is a link to the books you’ve chosen this semester AND there is a column with your assigned picture book author: please read the Picture Book Resource assignment on the Assignment page. This is due any time before March 29. I’ll add a category to our G+ site for sharing the links to your resource. And, I’ll send some reminders about the assignment every so often.
  • I’ll send grade updates via Wildcat Mail, so make sure you check email. I may get the first one out this weekend, but certainly after your next response that’s due Tuesday night (so sometime Wednesday). I typically give full credit for a good effort at responses. I’ll email you privately if a response is less than full credit, with some feedback and a chance to revise, so no worries. And everyone who did the Intro and the Williams post has full credit. 😉
  • Finally, for those of you who drive a lot or take walks, you might try out; they have a free 30 day trial and you can listen to a lot of books while working out or driving, including ones for our class.

Very excited about this group; fabulous ideas already. Happy reading!


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