Friday, November 1, 2013

C4T #3

Silvia Tolisano's Langwitches Blog

Circle of children

Literature Circles

Tolisano's post, Literature Circle Discussions Part II discusses the value of using Literature Circles in the classroom. As defined by Tolisano, "a Literature Circle is a way to support students in becoming critical readers." This method is an effective way to help students become more aware of the way they are reading. Students break into small groups and record their Literature Circle discussions, which include thoughts, reactions and observations about the text. They edit their videos together, then analyze it to gage the quality of their discussion. Students' final products are reflected in individual blog posts. This method is superior to pen and paper discussions because it allows students to easily collaborate, whether it be with a member of their Literature Circle or a student from across the world. This idea is definitely something I would use in my future classroom because of how seamlessly it integrates technology into literature.

Official Classroom Scribe

This is another great strategy from Langwitches. The 'Official Classroom Scribe' is a student who is in charge of digital note taking in the classroom. This is an important role because it keeps absent students up to date, while relieving the pressure off of the other students to meticulously take notes throughout the class period. This idea could be adapted for one class scribe, or several, but the concept remains the same. The notes are posted on the class blog for different students to share, add their ideas and collaborate. This method is great because it allows students to use their creativity and insert additional resources into their notes to give the lesson's topics more depth. Tolisano even shares an Official Scribe Rubric to guide students in their note taking.

This blog is a great resource I plan to use over and over again.

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