Class Tonight

I’m glad to be back in town from Minneapolis. I hoped for some comments on my BIG READ post. I’m also glad to get back to internet access to read our blog. Access was spotty over the last few days as the Hilton conf. rooms were not wireless and my laptop didn’t serve me well (dead battery) in 9 hours in airports and on planes yesterday.

Have you tried to find an electrical outlet in an airport lately? I must be missing something but I sure couldn’t!

Do bring your developing unit plan binder to class tonight. We’ll share unit plan pieces tonight with one another–focusing on a few key elements of the plan. Be thinking about how you are representing your outcomes–what will students know, learn and be able to do as a result of their work in this unit? I was interested to see in a middle school classroom I visited on Friday the suggestion, “Begin with the end in mind,” on a poster tacked right next to the “homework” on the board.

What is the evidence you plan to collect (student work) that will support your being able to answer the key question, “what have my students learned?” Why does what they have learned matter?” Especially to them?

And how does what they have learned go to the heart of the disciplinary understandings I want them to have and the essential and unit questions I want them to ponder and move toward answering? You are continuing to bring clarity to this framework for planning instruction. This is a process….not ever complete.

What kinds of texts will they examine? Enjoy? How will those texts move them toward deeper understandings? Increased interest in the topic of my unit? How will those texts challenge readers? Help them to be better readers of complex texts?

How does my calendar allow for multiple kinds of learning opportunities? Different social structures for learning? How will my students engage the world outside our classroom walls in this unit?

Do add any questions here that have become essential to you as you plan your unit? Remind us here on the blog of how you have been thinking about your unit’s evolving? What is on your mind about your planning?

How would you be assessing the quality of unit plans you review?

We will also “re-structure” (the way in which we experience the world!) and “deconstruct” w/Sophia and Jessica.

I’d like to review the theories we’ve discussed to date. What are the key understandings and questions that inform those perspectives? Raph, Ray, Mandy, Jillian? Thoughts? Do any of those understandings/questions inform the YA title you are currently reading? Or any other text you are examining–perhaps in another class? Or in your general experience? As Allison points out above–in her reading of the magazine advertisement?

What are you reading for book club? We’ll spend some time tonight working w/drafts of the article you are writing. I’m very excited to see how you are developing your focus. Bring a few copies for feedback from classmates. What journal have you targeted?

A reminder that Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil, speaks in Brown Aud. on TH night. I’ve read his book. I highly recommend this lecture as a follow up to Bill McKibben.

More as I comment on your own posts…KES

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4 responses to “Class Tonight

  1. ll123

    As far as book club for this week, I have finished reading Shooter by Walter Dean Myers. This 17-year-old killer at Madison High School in Harrison County wrote this: ” I have bought a gaw-juss weapon. It lies beneath my bed like a secret lover, quiet, powerful, waiting to work its magic.” There is a common factor with all these school shooters: they are either been pushed away from the mainstream or they deliberately move away from groups. Such separation, isolation somehow push them into a dark world that they simply find no way out. In one word, they are outsiders. Mental health is equally or more important than physical fitness according to my opinion because they are the roots of everything. Posted by L. L.

  2. ll123

    Thank God, I finally find my YA book–Day of Tears. It is a fictions novel, yet based upon a real slave auction event. From the teen slave girl Emma’s eyes and other people’s voice, we see and hear the ugly slavery and how people, both the slave owners and slaves, respond to such dehumanized system. It is a good book for post-colonialism criticism even though the story happened around 1859, even though there was no colonization involved in it. However, if we consider Tyson’s “theoretical framework” (418), we know that “colonialist and anticolonialist ideologies can be present in any literary text, a work doesn’t have to be categorized as postcolonial for us to be able to use postcolonial criticism to analyze it.” It’s quite interesting to see one of the characters, a slave called Sampson, is a slave lover. I am going to analyze this man’s attachment to slavery and examine other issues in this novel for my YA paper. Posted by L. L.

  3. sunyprof

    Oh, so nice to actually have comments on my “dull” posts Li Li. Day of Tears is a great choice for this assignment and for a discussion of the post-colonial subject! KES

  4. rayhedrick

    I’m working on reading the YA-title that I didn’t use for my paper, SURRENDER. It’s a very deep book, and I’m really enjoying what I’ve read so far.

    I must be honest though, it’s been a busy week as far as work, and, yet again, I’m not that far into it.

    I’m also waiting for that graphic novel text to come in. Can’t wait for that. I’m going to do my final book on that with pleasure.

    Ray H.

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