Wow, she is an energetic and passionate woman – and she’s primarily passionate about kids learning how to read. I could not have enjoyed her session more. Here are some key take-aways, in no particular order …
- Most people are unconsciously competent, but they need to be consciously competent. (Of course, we don’t want to be unconsciously incompetent!)
- Four key things in education:
Meta-cognition, differentiation (DI), professional learning communities, and scaffolding.
- Differentiation in kids: if you let the kids sit where they want at the beginning of the school year, they’ll show you how well they’ll do. First row: keeners; middle section: middle achievers, underachievers; back row: at risk kids.
- “When the horse dies, get off!!!”
- Two critical things when introducing new units:
Vocabulary and prior knowledge. Use introduction guides!
- All kids love to argue – get them to argue about content by creating introduction guides with controversial statements, some of which are true and some of which are not.
- For group work, put kids in pairs, not triads. Everyone will have to pull their own weight.
- Education standards say WHAT, not HOW.
- Kids live in the NOW.
- We learn in odd numbers, not even.
- Cross-curricular skills are important (e.g. inference: in English, prediction; in Math, estimation; in Science, hypothesis)
- K-3 is learning to read; 4-12 is reading to learn.
- The 5 elements of reading:
Phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency
- Vocabulary is different in different circumstances … the size goes down through listening, reading, speaking, and writing
- Help kids develop fluency by reading aloud from the textbook for 5 minutes each day.
It really wasn’t as disjointed as this laundry list of things … but it was a rapid-fire session. These are just the things that stood out for me, and I wanted to record.