Literacy Rebooted

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How do you define literacy? Text? Consider making minor adjustments for major impact for your students' learning!

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Literacy Rebooted

  1. 1. Literacy Rebooted Eden Prairie High School, August 29, 2013
  2. 2. Tweet! Tweet! Sign Up or Buddy Up http://bit.ly/1dogLNr
  3. 3. Quick Twitter Vocabulary Lesson Hash tag (#): categorizes conversation #epschools #commoncore #DreamDay @: precedes username @jmplucker @EPHS_FanSection Following/Follower
  4. 4. To Tweet or Not to Tweet?
  5. 5. Our Learning Targets We can consider our current definitions of literacy and text. We can contemplate minor adjustments for major impact for college and career readiness.
  6. 6. College and Career Ready
  7. 7. Jen McCarty, Ed.D. “Think of literacy as a spine; it holds everything together. The branches of learning connect to it.” ~Phillips and Wong, 2010 cited in Focus by Schmoker
  8. 8. Definition of Literacy? Talk with a partner OR Tweet it OR Write it
  9. 9. To be literate an individual must recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information. Ultimately literate people are those who have learned how to learn.... (The Australian Library Journal, 1995). Literacy is Thinking
  10. 10. Common Core Literacy Standards expect students to: use evidence from texts present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information.
  11. 11. Tweet examples of text “a twitter update can be considered text worth examining #epschools”
  12. 12. Minor Adjustments for Major Impact Value reading texts (all kinds) Give time to read (IN SCHOOL) --Finland Establish purpose for reading Expect students to show their thinking (annotations/close reading) Reduce conditions that deter reading
  13. 13. Informational Text
  14. 14. Talking/Discussion/Conferencing “Literacy is profoundly complex and fundamentally social” “Best assessment device? „Say more about that‟” ~Johnston, 2012 Jen McCarty, Ed.D.
  15. 15. There is a lot of sitting and listening and not a lot of talking. ~Robert Pianta (on his observations of more than 1,000 classrooms)
  16. 16. Teach, use, and expect the language of your discipline. “There is a growing body of work showing the importance of academic language proficiency for accessing the content of academic texts and academic talk, learning to think and learn like a scientist, historian, mathematician, or writer, and overall academic achievement,” ~Nagy and Townsend, 2012 Jen McCarty, Ed.D.
  17. 17. Writing to Learn means Learning to Think Jen McCarty, Ed.D.
  18. 18. Productive Struggle

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