Kelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle help with moving to online


Course calendar can be found above and HERE. But you might refer instead to our Weekly Task Support page HERE

G+ Community

We will share some of our work in a Google+ Community. We will write responses to readings, upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links here.

Author: kjaxon

Hello nice people,

By tomorrow at 5:00, please share the link to your portfolio in this form: LINK HERE. Then, please read the next steps carefully:

  1. In your same teams (below again), please decide which 2 portfolios you are going to review, give feedback, and score using this form.
    • You can decide to score each other’s during our class Zoom session tomorrow at 5:00, OR
    • You can score on your own and provide the scoring and feedback on your own, but for sure by Sunday.
  2. Once you have feedback and scoring, you will all have a chance to clean up, add, revise anything needed by next Thursday, May 14, at 5:00pm. No need to re-share the portfolio with me since you just provided the link above.
  3. I will also be clicking on all the portfolio links and making sure things look good for scoring.

Tomorrow’s Zoom session is also a time to ask questions about your portfolios, but you can also email me of course anytime.

ONE NOTE: you should ask yourself with the subject matter standards if you have 1) provided context for the pieces you are using; 2) included the standard(s) that the piece addresses (copy and paste into the context portion perhaps; and 3) included the piece itself.

CHECK out Sarah’s page for an example

Please do your best to have a full version ready for review by tomorrow night. I’m balancing not wanting to stress you out with the real reality that we need to get these portfolios ready to be scored. You can do this.

We can treat tomorrow’s Zoom session as a virtual portfolio working retreat too if you want. Come in and score, then keep working for 30-45 minutes in parallel online play, then more feedback. I’ll send the Zoom link right before 5:00.

Your teams:

  • Reagan, Regan, Ashlyn
  • Luis, Aaron, Andrew, José, Roy
  • Sara, Amy, Chloe, Jazz
  • Sophia, Courtney, Brenna, Joseph
  • Alyce, Kaitlin, Ellie, Morgan
  • Rosie, Hayden, Odalis, Dorothy, Pengcheng
  • Athena, Iliannah, Virginia, Brianna
  • Mari, Vall

Hang in there people! You’re almost there!

Portfolio Examples and all the things…

Portfolio Examples and all the things…

Hello everyone!

Here’s the TL;DR version: full explanation below. 

  • Example portfolios/websites from last semester’s 534 below. Hope these will help you imagine your own. Click on them. 😉
  • Book reviews should be posted in G+ (if you did not come to Zoom book talk last week). They were due yesterday.
  • Optional Zoom this Thursday, April 30. I’ll just be here to answer any questions or you can work with your teams on your portfolios.
  • By Sunday, May 3: share an update on your Unit Plan and Portfolio and ask any questions in G+. You’ll use guiding questions to frame this response (see below or in G+)
  • By Thursday, May 7 at 5:00pm: share completed Portfolio for mock scoring session. Share the link anytime before then (even if site is still a work in progress) in this Google Form

Portfolio support
As promised on the Zoom book chat last week (thank you for participating!), below you will find a range of example Portfolio websites from students in 534 last semester. I hope these will provide some inspiration and models for your portfolios. Your most basic website should include:

1) an about me/teaching philosophy statement; 2) a portion or all of your unit plan; and 3) your actual subject matter portfolio.

Feel free to retool websites you’ve used for other classes and use/revise teaching statements from prior coursework as well. However, ultimately, reviewers should be able to easily find your portfolio (I would label it something like “subject matter portfolio’), so make sure that is clear.


Alondra’s link here (Weebly)
Sabrina’s link here (Weebly)
Sarah’s link here (Wix)
Hannah’s link here (Wix)
Gabby’s link here (Google Site)
Jasmine’s link here (Google Site)

Book Reviews
Also, you should have completed your book reviews (if you did not participate in our Zoom discussion last week): Rosalie, Roy, Aaron, Bri, Brenna, Jose, and Andrew have theirs posted and they are awesome. If you need an example, all of these are great models. Thank you! We are sharing these in our G+ community. You need to get them done asap if you’d like credit for the professional book project. I’m missing about nine right now…

G+ Post by Sunday
This week: use the guiding questions to review your Unit Plan and portfolio work: guiding questions LINK HERE. I’m going to ask you to share an update, ask any questions about either of these projects in G+ by Sunday. There is a new category ready to go whenever you want to get this done. I will open up our Zoom chat this Thursday (4/30) at 5:00 too in case there are questions.

Portfolios ready to go May 7
Next week: your portfolio needs to be ready to go for mock scoring session by May 7. Please be ready for feedback and scoring (people can make sure your links work and things like that). You’ll then have a week to clean things up, fix typos, etc.  I’ll have you share the link to your website in this Google Form (you can do this anytime, even before it’s ready).

Thank you nice people! Hang in there! You. Got. This.

Professional Books

Professional Books

Hello everyone!

Thank you for taking the survey. I am working my way through some individual questions via email, but wanted to check in about book clubs this week. If you have not taken the survey, please help me out by taking it asap: link here. Thank you!

You have two options for the professional book:

  1. Join your book club team to talk about the book. Zoom chat this Thursday (4/23) from 5:00-6:00pm. You will want to come with places to talk from and think together how the ideas inform your teaching. I’m banking on the fact that many of you will choose this option since that is what you chose in a survey a couple of weeks ago. I’ll group you up by book choice on Thursday into small break out rooms.
  2. Write a review of the book, which includes thinking through application of the ideas to teaching. I’ll create some prompts. This option is due Sunday night. 1-2 pages. We’ll post in G+.

I created a short video here too

Thank you!

Teams FTW

Teams FTW

Hi everyone,

Here are our working teams who will support feedback on our projects. I also emailed the teams individually so that you have each other’s emails. Please stay in communication with your small, but mighty group of peers. Figure out the best way to communicate that works for you. Decide if you want to rotate feedback or create partners/trios within the small team. In these teams, you will:

  • Give at least 2 rounds of feedback on the Unit Plan
  • Swap an assignment to try out with a partner.
  • Give feedback on the Portfolio
  • Do a mock scoring session for your Portfolios
  • Check in and say “you can do this” when people need to hear that. 😉

Up first:

  • Give feedback on Unit Plans by Sunday night (12th) or Monday morning. Give feedback to 1-2 people in your team. Y’all decide how to organize that.
    • You can find each other’s Unit Plan links in G+. Leave feedback in the Google Doc
  • Swap assignments with a partner (if you have a group of five, then one trio will swap; for example, Rosie shares with Hayden, Hayden shares with Odalis, Odalis shares with Rosie). You’ll try out the “teacher’s” assignment (actually write it) and also give the teacher feedback on how things went for you: what might they change or add to make the assignment more clear?
    • You’ll post the assignment you want your partner to try in our G+ community. The “student” will share their attempt at the assignment, and their feedback, in a comment to that same post (where the assignment was shared).

Teams (might be a good idea to make someone the lead so that you’re not waiting to see who starts an email. But, anyone can start an email: you just have someone who really can pay attention to how things are going):

Reagan, Regan, Alisha, Ashlyn

Luis, Aaron, Andrew, José, Roy

Sara, Amy, Chloe, Jazz

Sophia, Courtney, Brenna, Joseph

Alyce, Kaitlin, Ellie, Morgan

Rosie, Hayden, Odalis, Dorothy, Pengcheng

Athena, Iliannah, Virginia, Brianna

Jewel, Mireya, Mari, Vall

April 2: Please Read or Watch

April 2: Please Read or Watch

Hi everyone,

I’ve heard from many of you who have shared that you’re having a bit of a challenge knowing what to work on for our class. I have no doubt that taking 4-6+ online classes is incredibly challenging, especially in a pandemic. So, yes, give yourselves some grace.

I created a new page for this website that I hope will help: a weekly, suggested task list that includes some resources (and I’ll continue to add). You can ignore this, but if you’re not sure what to work on, then the task list may help get you situated. Link here and in the menu above.

I do not think we are ready to be productive on a Zoom chat tonight. I think this week was a time for people to sort out new routines. By next week, April 9, we should be able to give feedback on Unit Plans in your permanent teams: we can do this on Zoom in small break out rooms (optional always) and in written feedback in Google Docs.

*Please do me a favor: copy and paste your Unit Plan Google Doc in our G+ community so that everyone can easily find each other’s: you’ll find a new category called Unit Plan Drafts. Set the Google Doc share settings to “anyone with the link can comment.

The short view below explains a bit more. Please find 3 minutes and 37 seconds to watch it. I hope it will be helpful.

Let’s try this semester again…

Let’s try this semester again…

Hello awesome people,

Really look forward to reconnecting and finding some sort of routine in this strange time. I’ve revised the calendar, but mainly the calendar is a quick view: I’ll send updates on Mondays with the tasks for the week. These Monday updates will have more detailed plans. Mostly, your tasks will be due by Sundays.

Going forward, we have 3 main goals to accomplish:

  • Creating and revising Unit Plans: *NOTE, I gave you a few more days to finish your drafts of the Unit plan. Due in a shared Google Doc to me by Sunday night, March 29.
  • Creating your Portfolio (your portfolio is a website, so sometimes I’ll call it that instead). This is the most important of these tasks since this is what gives you single subject clearance. Read over the instructions and I’ll answer all the questions as we go. You’ll be fine, but you can’t wait until the last minute to start this.
  • Working with our Professional Books (see Assignments page)

I’m going to offer that we meet informally on Thursdays at 5:00 via Zoom (for an hour or less). This is totally optional, but if you can manage it, it will give us a chance to connect, ask questions, and offer a low-stakes way for you to figure out Zoom. I’ve created a Google Form that asks about Zoom and about options for your professional book.

Please try to respond to the form as soon as you can so I can plan for Thursday’s Zoom hangout. LINK HERE

You’ll be working on those 3 goals mostly on your own time. I’ll create some ways for you to think about revisions of your Unit Plans, offer support as you design your websites, and facilitate peer feedback in the groups you chose before we left for break. Please advocate for what you need from me going forward. I will be flexible and am committed to your success.

Our routines:

  • Mondays: Kim email updates and supplement with video. I’ll post these updates and videos to our website too.
  • Kim will provide feedback along the way.
  • You’ll mostly have things due on Sundays.
  • Optional Zoom hangouts on Thursdays at 5:00pm for an hour or less.
    • I’ll send an email Thursday around noon with a link to the Zoom chat and place a link on the calendar too. You can download the Zoom app to your device to get started. With a link I will send via email, and the app downloaded, I can help as we get used to this platform. No worries. 

I think that’s all for now. Hope to see a lot of you Thursday on a Zoom chat if you can make it work.

Take care; wash your hands; just do the next right thing (aka: just make it from one “are you f*&^% kidding me” moment to another)

Hello. again.

Hello. again.

Quick hello. Thinking about y’all and hope you are safe and healthy. Email and other information to follow soon (by Tuesday, March 24). Look forward to checking in with everyone again this week.

Week 5 stuff & things

Week 5 stuff & things

Hello everyone,

Quick reminders and FYIs:

  • G+ post due tonight for two readings. Prompts here
  • Bring YA novel to class tomorrow and sit with book club team (you can find your book clubs on the Assignments page). You should be at least half way through your book so you can participate in a conversation.
    • NOTE: we have a series of activities with the YA novels: reading and discussing together, planning for a workshop, and leading the workshop. You’ll need to be in class for these activities for full credit on this assignment. First rule of book club: you have to come to book club. With your book. And read it. 😉
  • Bring boxes back.
  • We’ll start class tomorrow by trying out each other’s activities y’all created with the picture books last week. We’ll take a moment to regroup before swapping activities with another group.

Thanks everyone! See y’all tomorrow

Reminders for Week 1 & 2

Reminders for Week 1 & 2

Hello everyone,

Great to meet y’all on Thursday: looking forward to working together! As promised, here are some reminders as we head into week 2:

  • Buy books: thank you for filling out the google form. You can find your book groups below and I also placed the groups on our Assignments page for future reference. Go ahead and get your books ordered asap. You’ll need the YA novel first.
  • Read Chapter 1 of Situated Learning (link to rent the text via Amazon on our Syllabus page and HERE too).
  • Write a response to Chapter 1 in our G+ community by Wednesday night, Jan 29: I should wake up Thursday and be able to read everyone’s responses. Link to prompts on the calendar
  • If you have a box, please remember to bring it back! 😉

Your book selections and groups below:

YA novels:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: Roy, Mireya, Alisha
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: Iliannah, Val, Mari, Jewel
  • Inside Out & Back Again: Ashlyn, Andrew, Brianna, Dorothy, Reagan, Regan, Aaron
  • Mary’s Monster: Group 1: Morgan, Kaitlin, Hayden, Virginia, Alyce; Group 2: Joseph, Amy, Courtney, Luis
  • Pride: Jazelle, Ellie, Chloe, Sara, Brenna, Odalis
  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: Athena, Rosie, Pengcheng
  • TBA elementary choice: Sophia, José

Professional Books:

Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice:

  • Group 1: Virginia, Chloe, Roy, Kaitlin, Hayden
  • Group 2: Iliannah, Ellie, Athena, Ashlyn, Alyce

Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts:

  • Group 1: Amy, Brenna, Joseph, Rosie, Courtney, Morgan
  • Group 2: Luis, Mireya, Andrew, Sara, Pengcheng, Aaron
  • José and Sophia will join this group for part of the time, but are reading About the Authors: Writing Workshop With Our Youngest Writers, which is a nice pairing.

Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education:

  • Group 1: Alisha, Mari, Regan, Odalis
  • Group 2: Jewel, Dorothy, Jazelle, Reagan, Brianna

Thanks everyone!