Why Blog

I’m passionate about finding ways to simplify comprehension instruction and learning. I’m concerned that we are defining comprehension too narrowly as an accumulation of five or six meta-cognitive strategies when cultivating comprehension involves so much more than that. We need to help children acquire accurate fluent reading skills and strategies; build background knowledge; develop their oral language and vocabulary; make reading-writing connections, and acquire a repertoire of meta-cognitive strategies to use as and if needed.

So I invite you to join me in blogging about this ever-so-important topic. I look forward to hearing your ideas, teaching strategies, book recommendations, classroom stories, etc., basically anything that will inspire a healthy conversation among colleagues.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Technology in Schools—A Time and Place?

I know it's been a while...sorry. I just had to share this letter with you (and an accompanying New York Times article) that was sent to me by Renee Dinnerstein, an internationally recognized early childhood educator. It’s one you won’t want to miss as it makes us (me, at least) reflect on where our elementary schools are headed with their ever-growing push for more and more technology starting in the earliest grades. (Be sure to click on the link to the article this letter is in response to.)