There is something to be said about high quality professional development. When you participate in a good one, you can walk away with immediate ideas and an implementation strategy to try out the very next day. You know the PD was worth your time when you learn something new that blows your mind a bit and makes you excited to try it out. This was how I felt after a PD led by one of my colleagues recently on “close reading”. I had been struggling with teaching my students how to read independently AND gain useful information from their reading. None of my students in Brooklyn were reading at grade level and I never really knew how to teach them reading comprehension strategies. Of course I took a literacy class in my credential program, but that was more theory and not at all practical applications of teaching literacy. At most, I annotated for/with them and hoped that things stuck after some questioning and discussion. Here in Denver, some of my honors kids are reading at or above grade level, but I still have a majority who will read fluently, but without full understanding. It’s refreshing to have a short PD that teaches you something concrete, useful and simple to implement the very next lesson. In addition, it’s super helpful to have somewhat of a safety net in the form of a fellow teacher right at your school to help clarify routines, and give you tips. If you want more information on close reading, check this out (though it’s much more useful to see it in action).
glasses: warby parker – cardigan: madewell – tank: banana republic – pants: urban outfitters – boots: steve madden
This outfit is from the day I incorporated close reading into my lesson on Potential and Kinetic Energy. I know these pants aren’t the most flattering for my body type with it’s slouchy look. But hot damn, they’re comfortable. They were also just $15 from the sale section at Urban Outfitters. They’re still on the website (but for $30 – I got them at an extra 50% off), the Silence and Noise Winston Trousers. They’re thick and warm for this freezing weather in Denver, and have I mentioned how comfy they are yet??