Reading is a must!
When it comes to applicable cross-curricular skills, reading is at the top of the list. Beyond the walls of the school, reading is an absolute necessity for leading a healthy and productive life. While reading and literacy are regularly represented as ELA skills, they permeate every discipline in an important way.
Literacy simply defines the ability to read and write.As content specialists, much of our time is spent trying to make students literate in our area of expertise. Many of us are presenting daily tasks that require students to write about the content area. Math uses practice exercises that require one to read an expression and follow a series of written steps to solve the equation. Thus, a student must be able to read and write using math specific language; this is math literacy. Science is based on research and a desire to investigate the world around us. This research is published and built upon through decades and centuries. Students read and engage in experiments that will prove or disprove a hypothesis; then, students will reflect upon their findings using science terminology. Once again, this is literacy.
The same arguments can be made for every subject area in the building and this is why it is important to consider how teachers are implementing opportunities to read in every content area.
Creating a Meaningful class reading experience
Many classes use current events as a basic reading assignment. Maybe it is time to think about how we can make them more meaningful to students. Reciprocal Teaching is a tried and true group reading strategy to ensure students are reading for understanding and depth.
Teaching these skills can give you A 2:1 effect
It is very possible that a student could define their assigned role and be unable to facilitate the role correctly in this practice. Before you complete a full reciprocal teaching exercise, I would advise the teacher to complete at least one reading through each of the four lenses. In other words, take a class reading and practice summarizing as a group. For the next reading, everyone in the class is going to play the role of the questioner and progress through the reading sections with that mindset. In theory, that would prepare your class to attempt a reciprocal teaching reading for the fifth in class reading.
Why does this matter? Research concludes that Reciprocal Teaching can have a 2:1 effect on student achievement. That is reason enough to try for me. As always, the iCoaches are here to help if you want to learn more about this or other literacy strategies. Email icoachMK@mhrd.org to set up an appointment!
As educators, we strive to improve our educational practices each school year, but there are a number of ways we can positively impact a student's life beyond our subject area content.
The following articles highlight a major obstacle that will face many of our students for years to come. The rising cost of college in this country has the potential to impact students for 10-30 years following the graduation from a four-year degree program. With college debt increasing by the year, this is a real problem facing 18 year-old kids of all demographics. As students are weighing their options beyond high school, I would like to challenge you to consider how you could address this major teenage issue within your classroom this school year.
The Atlantic - Why Is College So Expensive in America?
NPR - How The Cost of College Went From Affordable to Sky-High
Subject Area Topics to Consider:
Health - How does carrying high debt through life impact stress?
English - The Atlantic presents a huge case for why college is so expensive. This non-fiction text could lead to a great discussion and provide opportunities to practice annotation strategies, mathematic and data analysis within scholarly writing, or a simple study of cause and effect.
VPA - Can we make that fine and performing arts degree pay off in the end?
Social Studies classes could use this NPR article to talk about the GI Bill and how the tax base played a key role in subsidizing a higher education for "The Greatest Generation."
Math - Through the collection of data from all over the world, a class could be investigating the true value of a collegiate education in America. The question being, "Is it really worth the price we are paying?"
This topic is relevant and real for our population. Many of our students are worried and stressing over getting into college. In reality, most colleges need their tuition money and we should do our best to steer their attention to selecting an appropriate and sustainable education path. One where educational value, cost, and economic outcome are more important than the size of the new residence hall.
Welcome to today's workshop. Below are a list of resources and documents to help you complete your lesson plans for the 2018-2019 school year.
Lesson Planning Materials
For your convenience, the resources we use and create today will be available all year via the iCoachmk website.
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