Showing posts from April, 2015

Reforming Reading Instruction

When asked recently to describe the changes needed to reform literacy education in the elementary classroom I offered the following four areas for consideration: 1. THEORETICAL: shift the focus from teaching to learning - too often we focus on how well our mini-lessons go (if they are in fact "mini") and not whether our students have learned anything from these lessons. Round robin reading instruction and other crappy ideas focus on how we teach, not whether students are getting anything from these experiences. 2. PEDAGOGICAL: You cannot teach children to read and write if they are not engaged in the acts of reading and writing. We need a context to teach into. If students are working on a piece of writing or trying to make sense of a text, we can work with them in that context to do things. 3. ASSESSMENT: We have to try and figure out what children can do, want to do, and are trying to do as readers and writers. In order to do this we have to watch them read, listen to them

New Picturebooks for 2015

These books will be released sometime in 2015 - Can't Wait for new titles from some of my favorite authors and illustrators!

Digital Resources for Teaching

Resources for Using Apps Across the Curriculum From Richard Beach and David O'Brien App recommendation and review sites (see also further links ) I Education Apps Review (IEAR) involves over 500 educators, administrators and app developers providing review of apps. Appitic organizes recommendations and reviews according to subjects (“Themes”), learning styles, Bloom taxonomy, and the NETS standards. Discovr Apps app that creates an interactive map with links between apps based on similarities between apps so that you can begin with your familiar, favorite apps and then find other similar apps, along with descriptions and ratings for those apps. Apps in Education is organized according to apps for different disciplines. Appadvice AppGuides provides a lot of useful reviews organized according to a hierarchical category system of “essential,” “notable,” “decent,” and “other.” App Miner (also an app ) provides updated information on price change as well as search by topics or the

Favorite Picturebook Apps (2015)

Here are My Favorite Picturebook / Book Apps in 2015 (so far) The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore – William Joyce The Numberlys– William Joyce Spot - Weisner How Far Is Up? - Sargeant Marcel the Shell – Jennie Slate Various Dr. Seuss Books – Oceanhouse Media Curious George and the Firefighters – Rey Animalia – Graeme Base Mr. Sandman (Fear of the Dark)- hocusbookus Dandelion – Protein Innovative Apps Midnight Feast – Slap Happy Larry Horrible Hauntings – Goose Bottom Books Book Of Holes – Chocolate Factory Publishing Dinosaurs - Kiwi Storybooks Sherlock Holmes Interactive Adventures – Haab Entertainment Rita the Lizard – Rita Blasco Grau Meet Millie – megapops The Monster at the End of the Book – Sesame Street Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! – Mo Willems The Heart and the Bottle – Oliver Jeffers The Moon – Windy Press Bullseye – Moonbot Studios The Land of Me – Vimeo Dragon Brush – Spike Press