"Distruptions start with a thought that something needs to be better" -Pg. 7
Right away Kylene and Bob push our thinking! I am already overwhelmed with thoughts about this text and cannot wait to start diving in! If you are reading this post, I hope you will consider joining this book study and discussion. Feel free to join in informally when you like or if you are interested in Professional Development credit, more info on official credit will be coming soon. (1 semester hour or 3 CEU's)
Here is the general outline (primarily for those seeking credit):
Week of June 5
Join us this summer for an online study of Distrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst.
From Amazon pre-order info: "According to master teachers, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, if teachers want reading to have the potential to change students’ thinking, giving them more information about a subject, perhaps a new perspective—thus enabling them to disrupt and reshape their assumption and beliefs—then teachers must encourage students to interact with the text and with one another even before they begin to read; in short, they we must turn the thinking over to them. This book includes strategies for:
• Creating engagement
• Encouraging thoughtfulness
• Solving confusions"
Tweet your excitement at #OCTELA17 to enter to win a copy of this book when it comes out!
Pages 148-178 dealt with 3 more signposts: Numbers and Stats, Quoted Words, and Word Gaps. Here are some things to consider:
This section gets us started with the signposts (Pages 112-147). The "Contrast & Contradiction" as well as "Extreme or Absolute Language" signposts are described. Here are some prompts for thinking:
This section examines the "questioning stance". (Pages 76-111). Three big questions are detailed. Here are some questions about questions to consider:
Here are questioning bookmarks made by Kristi Swartz (thanks for letting us share these, Kristi!)
In this section, more issues to consider were brought up: research findings, invitations/intrusions, rigor & relevance, complexity & readability, classroom conversations, disciplinary literacy, and challenge & change. Each gives us plenty to consider. Some questions for thought:
Issues to consider #1-3
Here is a list of ideas for discussion… feel free to focus on what speaks to you or start new ideas for us to consider!
Please introduce yourself and share the ages/grades/subjects you teach.
Here are the discussion threads:
#1: Introduction and Part 1: Issues to Consider, Issues 1-3 (pgs. 1-33)
#2: Part 1: Issues 4-10 (pgs. 34-75)
#3: Part 2: The Importance of Stance, Questions 1-3 (pgs. 76-111)
#4: Part 3: The Power of Signposts, Signposts 1-2 (pgs. 112-147)
#5: Part 3: Signposts 3-5 (pgs.148-178)
Separated by one vote each...
Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note, Stances, Signposts, and Strategies will be our first book to study! It was so close! Perhaps we should do one right after the other?
Get your books and get started, I will soon be posting a suggested pace closely followed by the first round of discussion questions. Participants are invited to read and comment at their leisure! Looking forward to unpacking this great text and learning/sharing with each other!
So excited to offer a special professional development opportunity for English Language Arts teachers! Use #OCTELASBS on Twitter...
A summer book study for all interested to participate in online and asynchronously...
First order of business... selecting the text! Take a look at the options and vote!
Survey open until Sunday June 12th, 2016: http://goo.gl/forms/96yxjTmXS5xbPSs03
Thanks to all who have voted so far!