Ideas from chapters 5 and 6
I'm liking this book because it offers strategies that sound practical in the classroom.
My reading mantra next year will be:
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What does it matter?
I've got some ideas to shake up the study guides. I have study guides available to students when we're reading a novel. but next year in lieu of that I'll try the strategy of multi-layered time lines. The fact that the timelines are a combination of individual and group work is appealig to me. I also liked the visual format of literary dominoes for for a quick quiz.
Based on my learning experience this past week, collaboration is a weakness in my classroom. What I liked about this chapter is the section entitled "'Ten strategies to Promote Higher-Level Thinking in Samll-Group Settings". It drives me crazy when groups get off task. The success of the group hinges on everyone coming prepared and they don't seem to because of absence or whatever. Any ideas on handling the unprepared?
Theme triangles joining the novel's theme with a film's and some other medium or genre should make everybody happy. I like group work and the variety it can achieve. I've gained some worthwhile new ideas in these two chapters.
On to reading chapters 7 and 8. I find when I read for deeper comprehension I not only have to reread the text, but also reorganize or rework the material into a more meaningful schemata for me to think about..