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Ashley C. and Stacy's presentation
Sun Nov 16, 2014 13:24

Discuss Ashley C. and Stacy's presentation here. Have a true discussion. Ask them questions or make comments about their presentation. Compare their work to your own research or teaching experience. Check back and respond to what they say. Discussion requires turn-taking. Hit-and-run (you post, they respond, the discussion ends) is a no-no unless the discussion has reached a logical ending. Quantity and quality count.

    • Re: Ashley C. and Stacy's presentation - Kasey Gaines, Wed Nov 26 21:47
      I really enjoyed your research presentation. I love learning more about the upper grades, since I have not had as much experience with older students. I really liked the Think-Through activity that... more
      • Re: Kasey Gaines - Ashley Carter, Wed Dec 3 11:11
        Kasey, I also have very limited experience in students in the upper grades. It was so interesting to learn how different engagement can look in middle schoolers as opposed to the elementary students... more
    • Response to Presentation - Susan Gibson, Wed Nov 26 10:25
      You both did a fabulous job presenting your study. It was very detailed and I had a great understanding of exactly how Stacy conducted her classroom and what her expectations were. I think what you... more
      • RE: Susan - Ashley Carter, Wed Dec 3 11:16
        Susan, this is absolutely something that could be adapted for any grade. The most important thing to us was that students are reading on their instructional levels. Grouping the students purposefully ... more
    • Re: Ashley C. and Stacy's presentation - Tracy Cornacchiot, Tue Nov 25 12:14
      I like how your incorporated graphic organizers for your EC students to comprehend text. I would have loved to see a visual graph of your students growth.I also liked how you used interviews as part... more
      • Re: Tracy - Ashley Carter, Wed Dec 3 11:18
        The graphic organizers were such a key part of student growth. I am so glad that we used them too. Sometimes students with disabilities need a concrete format for interpreting abstract data, I think... more
      • Quantitative Data - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 20:30
        You can easily include the assessment data from your beginning and end assessments. I'm sure you have a way to quantify the responses, but you could also figure out a way to code teacher... more
        • One more thing on Quantitative - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 20:35
          I noticed from your graphic organizers that you have a grade on one of them. This would be a very easy way to track progress, and you could include your rubric for grading here. You could then track... more
      • visual graph - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 15:50
        I received that thought in one of our reviews and have since made those graphs. It just wasn't in time for the presentation. There will be one or two in the paper though. That is a great comment and... more
        • Re: visual graph - Tracy Cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 19:24
          It seems like you have a good plan to help your students in reading. Good luck to you in helping your students grow even more.
    • Presentation reply - Laura Hansen, Mon Nov 24 21:42
      What an awesome area for research. You took on a challenging component of reading with meaningful participation. I like how you clearly defined what you meant in using this term. I really liked your... more
      • Graphic Organizers - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 07:38
        Our school did some training in RICCA a few years back. It may be an older concept, but they have a lot of good concept maps. I have used them before, and has often wondered about their... more
        • RICCA - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:51
          What is RICCA?
          • RICCA - Stacy, Wed Nov 26 07:59
            It is a collection of many "best practices". In one place, we have access to several kinds of thinking/concept maps, bell ringer strategies, and closing strategies. I believe that it is an... more
    • Ashley & Stacy - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 17:43
      Your topic of study was very interesting. Even in first grade, this is an important goal. We spend a lot of time modeling these kinds of conversations. We also provide question stems for students to... more
      • transfer to paper - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 07:41
        It is interesting that you bring this up because our student conferences with one group are just like that. We talk to them and they sound wonderful, but what is written down is drastically watered... more
        • transfer to writing - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 17:57
          Stacy, I keep working on this with my students but progress is extremely slow. I wonder if they are ready to do this kind of thinking with writing in first grade. I welcome any suggestions in this... more
          • re: transfer - Stacy, Wed Nov 26 08:10
            I think that some of the things that we have learned in Dr. Ward's class speak to the transfer of speech to writing. I think it may have something to do with the ideas that speech develops first, so... more
    • Re: Ashley C. and Stacy's presentation - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 21:39
      First, I love that you incorporated what you learned in the clinic in your middle school classroom! I enjoyed hearing about your participants and their groupings. It is clear that you were very... more
      • Re: Ashley Pennell - Ashley Carter, Wed Dec 3 11:06
        I think the conferencing element was perhaps my favorite part of our findings. As teachers, we love to talk to our students, but sometimes I wonder if we are talking with them in the most effective... more
    • teaching these skills - hodgete, Sun Nov 23 19:42
      In Kindergarten we have to be very explicit with text and its meaning. It isnít until the upper grades that they begin inferring or connecting texts to other texts or the world. Do you have any ideas ... more
      • Kinders - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 07:53
        You know this age group better than I, so I defer to your expertise with them. My suggestion would be to use the content of the stories to your advantage. Maybe come up with some kind of interest... more
    • response to presentation - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:13
      Great presentation ladies! The focus of this study really reveals your passion and purpose for teaching and it actually excites me to hear about your findings. Focusing on a class of students who are ... more
    • Real World Interaction - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 10:16
      I really like the topic of your research study. I have been trying to get my student to make specific connections with text that are above surface level as well. One of the things I have used this... more
      • Deeper Connection - Ashley Carter, Sun Nov 23 18:19
        Yes, I agree with Stacy. Our definition of making "real-world" connections just refers to the ability to think about what you are reading and make inferences about feelings of characters, cause and... more
      • Define deeper - Stacy, Sat Nov 22 16:00
        Yes. I would say that if it gets them to form connections, infer, start a discussion, or just about anything appropriate outside of just answering a classroom question from a teacher would be my... more
        • Re define deeper - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:34
          Stacy, I wonder when students either become a "reader" or a "nonreader'? There are so many factors that would seem to influence it, but sometimes I think it just comes down to finding a book they... more
          • Re: Rachel - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 20:49
            That's a very interesting question, because if a student has decided that they are a "non-reader" then many of the interventions that include student motivation may not work as well. I see this alot... more
          • self-concept - Response to Rachel - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:30
            What you wrote reminds me of what Tavia (I think) was talking about in the discussion on your presentation. I think she is right. Self-concepts are so strong, but I do think that students will read... more
            • re: self-concept - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:00
              Stacy, Listening to you speak (or reading what you type) about those precious moments with students makes me want to be a student in your classroom. My senior AP English class was the first time I... more
              • response to Emily - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 19:23
                Every school year, I agonize over whether or not I have done a good job in leading them to what is really important in reading. I believe that there is still so much work to do to get the students to ... more
                • Technology and Reading - Rachel Yakey, Mon Nov 24 07:18
                  Stacy, I also wonder if a key might be getting students to realize that even though a lot of what they do is technology based it is still steeped in the fundamentals of communication: reading,... more
              • That moment... - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 19:05
                You both put it so beautifully that we, as teachers, want our students to connect to something as a human experience shared by others for the joy of the connection. :) Love it.
    • Reading Levels and Inclusion Teacher - noltja, Thu Nov 20 20:31
      Nice work on your presentation. It's so interesting to watch this video after reviewing your research a few weeks. Your ideas really came alive to me as I listened to you explain them. Am I... more
      • Inclusion - Stacy, Sat Nov 22 16:03
        Almost half of my classroom is EC. My inclusion teacher is only with me for that one class, but she stays the entire time. She is wonderful and helps very much. I have utmost respect for her. It does ... more
        • inclusion - noltja 65, Sat Nov 22 20:39
          Hats off to you...the mix of your class sounds like quite a challenge. It is obvious from listening to your voice in your presentation that you are passionate about your students and the goals that... more
          • challenge- response to noltja - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:36
            In college, I was rescued by the written word. I want that for my students. I want them to know how to find comfort, peace, entertainment, or just how to fix their washer when it breaks. I want them... more
            • Written Word - noltja, Sun Nov 23 22:21
              So inspiring! Thanks for sharing.
    • Re: Ashley C. and Stacy's presentation - kimeljk, Thu Nov 20 13:35
      I like how you focused on students having an authentic experience with text. Did you find that student attitudes towards reading changed as a result of focusing on an authentic real world reading... more
      • Response to Kimeljk - Ashley Carter, Sun Nov 23 18:31
        I'm not sure that their attitudes toward reading changed, however, their attitudes toward discussing what they read certainly did. Students became much more likely to provide more information than... more
        • Re: Response to Kimeljk - kimeljk, Tue Nov 25 14:10
          Ashley, Thanks for your feedback on student attitudes towards discussing what they read. I think that if students are loving talking about what they are reading, they will more likely grow to love... more
      • response to kimeljk - Stacy, Sat Nov 22 16:14
        I think that any age level student could allow a text to guide a discussion as long as that text is appropriate to their level. I find that the students who read at the lower levels come out with the ... more
        • Re: response to kimeljk - kimeljk, Tue Nov 25 13:59
          Stacy, Thanks for your feedback. That's a really great insight that lower level readers come up with some of the best discussion topics from their reading. As a full time student I never think about... more
        • graphic organizers - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:06
          In reference to this, I have had this discussion with colleagues and many of us have found that first exposing students to premade organizers is good. But then, allowing them the opportunities to... more
          • Re: Graphic Organizers - Ashley Carter, Mon Nov 24 13:26
            I totally agree! I think the most important thing is to teach students how to understand and complete any graphic organizer, rather than expose them to a million different kinds. Using similar... more
          • graphic org builders - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 19:17
            My colleagues and I give the students several opportunities to use and build graphic organizers and foldables. I know they are older than your students - but good things work for everyone -... more
            • foldables - Emily Fox, Tue Nov 25 19:58
              I never thought about them as graphic organizers...but really, they complete a similar task. They both help students organize their thoughts in a visual way. I think the most definitely could be a... more
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