First impressions of Kylene Beers
I've read 10 chapters of Kylene Beers' book. I first encountered her at the NCTE Conference last year, and I thought her presentation on vocabulary was very impressive. She even offered to answer questions via email, and when I began to organize my A Tale of Two Cities vocabulary approach, I sent her a note and she responded promptly. Anyway, I love the format of the book - the letters to George (who hasn't got a George in their career?) that open and close each chapter. I think the book is very practical, but it is more grounded in research than Inside Out. I like the FAQ section, and I am eager to try many of her activities. I think some of the activities don't seem quite appropriate for high school, but I am willing to try them. I am also concerned (here and elsewhere) with the emphasis on narrative or creative writing. I teach in the IB program and have to work on more formal writing. Inside Out seems to argue that the skills magically transfer. I am skeptical.