The real WHY for Literacy is about creating a more just and equitable society for all.
We’ve been open for business for over two weeks now and we LOVE watching people stop in front of the house and browse the selection. We check in on the stock levels at LEAST once a day and celebrate the appearance of new books and the removal of others.
This thing is actually working!
Our current selection includes books for both children and adults and we even have a bottle of nice smelling hand sanitiser to use when browsing.
Our street library is officially registered with Street Library Australia. You can visit their website to find libraries near you.
Writer’s notebook can be powerful tools for improving student writing, but they must be used in a way that promotes time for writing, increases volume of writing and allows student choice in writing.
- Having a writer’s notebook automatically improves student writing.
- There’s one correct way to use a writer’s notebook.
- Students can have complete freedom when using a writer’s notebook.
- The writer’s notebook is only useful for ‘collecting seeds.’
- It’s either notebooks or genre instruction- you can’t do both.
This is a useful provocation for thinking about the purpose behind strategies such as writer’s notebook.
Leung also shares a collection of prompts.
It is interesting to consider this alongside blogging and something like Stephen Downes’ post on where his blogging ideas come from.
I know lots of parents are stuck at home with kiddos right now, so I thought I’d put together a big list of my favorite resources for drawing with kids.
Along with Mo Willems’ videos, he provides a number of resources and recommendations. It is a reminder that technology is more than just a computer.
Teachers should assess the amount and quality of work completed by their students and use this knowledge to plan for subsequent weeks. You could make contact with students and parents to check in with the learning during the week and at the completion of the week as you see fit. Differentiation is going to be key in these uncertain times. Some students will want and need more academic focus, structure and work from us, others will want and need more emotional focus and support from us- in any way we can give it. (I despair for those kids who look forward to our hugs every day!) This will be the time to get creative and think right outside the well sanitized box!
Associated with this, Leung provides a number of things to consider, such as how you will deliver new content, expectations about your working hours and the need to be mindful that sometimes technology does not work.