The advancement of technology and digital tools has made me think more deeply about my reading and writing workshops. It's forced me to look closely at what changes and what stays the same. Through talking with others, (which include virtual conversations, thanks to technology), reading professional books, blogs, online articles, and attending professional development (again, some of which is virtual), I am convinced that the foundation of reading and writing workshop stays the same. Franki's statement below sums it up beautifully.
"Fast forward twenty-plus years. I believe ore strongly than ever that workshop matters and that students will need time, ownership, and response if they are to grow as readers." pg. 17
And yet, there are still differences, which this book is helping me dig deep into my own reading process to help me define what those differences are. The introduction of technology and digital tools opens the world of choice: choice in media, choice in texts, choice in how to share, choice in with whom to share, choice in how to reflect and respond to one's reading. It's mind boggling for myself as an adult reader. When I think about the implications for what we need to teach kids, it becomes even more important to me that I am very purposeful in my teaching. It become paramount that I am watching kids closely, analyzing their reading behaviors, having conversations with them, and helping them be metacognitive about their own reading/thinking so that they can be purposeful and intentional about their reading lives.
As I read, I began to recognize holes in my repertoire of resources and mini-lessons. One of those areas is explicitly modeling my thinking as I navigate a web based article. Figure 1.3 on pg. 10, "How digital reading expands traditional reading skills" helped me see where I might need to create some resources to help my students.
Because I am going to be teaching 5th grade next year, I also know that I need to begin to gather some content area texts. It's no secret that my go-to website for many different purposes is Wonderopolis. I found a Wonder that goes with our science curriculum to demonstrate my thinking as I read. I used Explain Everything as my tool of choice. It allows me to add the live website, write on the document and add my voice. I can then add this final project to a digital bulletin board for my students to access.
In my classroom, I would probably record this lesson, add the chart we complete after the lesson, and put it on the digital bulletin board (Padlet) and my website.
There are still some things to work out on this video...it's not perfect!
So, what did I do as a reader? (I would chart students' thinking at this point)
- I set a purpose. I am reading to get more information about a science topic, forces and motion.
- I asked a question. Why were my cousins' cannon ball splashes always bigger than mine?
- I previewed the article by skimming through the text and looking for key words, headings, etc.
- I began to read.
- I clicked on hyper-linked words I wasn't sure of. The links provided me with a definition and helped me better understand what I was reading.
- When my understanding broke down, I reread.
- I asked questions as I read.
- I underlined text.
- I created a mental image of what happened when someone does a cannon ball dive. I drew that mental image to the side of the text.
- I paraphrased what I read to see if I understood the text.
- I determined what was important to my understanding. I did not click on each and every link.
- At the end I summarized what I learned. My thinking grew as I gained a better understanding to my question.
I feel like I've just touched the tip of the iceberg in this chapter. So many, many things to think about, which gives me more questions to ponder:
- What is the best place to create a space to help match kids to digital texts as well as print?
- What digital texts can I add to pique kids' interest? Where can I find those digital pieces?
- Does watching a video count as reading?
- If it does, how do I balance the needs of kids who need extra support in print text?
- How do I read websites differently than I read blogs? How do I read multi-media pieces? What's important to teach kids about those reading practices?
- How do I support students in being intentional when reading and choosing reading material?
- How can I use formative assessment to analyze student reading behaviors?
- What are the skills I my students need to learn and how do I ensure that I am embedding technology into my instruction without making it all about the tool?
- Where do I begin to support students in making meaningful connections with other readers inside and outside our classroom walls?
- How does in the introduction of technology change reader's response?
- How do I ensure student ownership and help parents understand the important work their kids are doing?
I'm sure as I read more and dive into the reflections from others in the #cyberPD community, I will have even more questions to consider.