Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices

I am thinking about the intersections of literacy instruction and learning that centers the voices of Black students. I know that even as I am thinking about this, and sharing my own thoughts and questions, that I have been indoctrinated with racist tendencies that I have subconsciously absorbed: 10 Ways Good White People Can HelpContinue reading “Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices”

Is Assessment also an Inquiry?

Assessing reading ability is a very difficult task. This is because reading is very complex. What exactly are readers doing when they read? How do they understand what they read? At this day in age, I think we are more aware that reading is one of the most important skills that we need. It isContinue reading “Is Assessment also an Inquiry?”

Beyond Aesthetics: The Third Teacher and the Literate Learner

  The Third Teacher takes a close look at how the design of learning spaces can impact learning. Beyond mere aesthetics, which are undoubtedly essential, the set up and organization of a learning space impacts the learning that they are able to achieve. This is particularly true for literacy. The ability for students to be ableContinue reading “Beyond Aesthetics: The Third Teacher and the Literate Learner”

Reading the Internet

  We spend so much time talking about the technology, and all of the great new apps, programs, tips and tricks. Undoubtedly it is a literacy unto itself. But do we really teach our kids how to ‘read’ the internet? How do we harness literacy skills as they specifically relate to the technologies available toContinue reading “Reading the Internet”

It is not about the technology. It is about what we do with it.

This year I have been greatly inspired from a Teacher-Librarian at another school, who has been an expert at garnering support for reading amazing Canadian Literature!  More specifically – The Forest of Reading from the Ontario Library Association.  What I love most about what she does, is that she has built a strong global sense of communityContinue reading “It is not about the technology. It is about what we do with it.”