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But, I also walk away feeling somewhat frustrated. I don't want to just sit and wait for more. I want to explore, too. I want to fly out of the nest and find the worms on my own. I sometimes walk away from TC realizing how far we still have to go to implement change. I can't jump out of the nest yet, because the fall is so far. So far. I talk to the staff developers about our situation and they shake their heads. Core novels? Only 40 minutes of literacy instruction... TOTAL? How many teachers? they ask. We're so far behind, and it's all a bit overwhelming... it feels hard to spread our wings.
So try as I might, I begin the journey. Step by step, worm by worm, I will do what I can to feed the soul of the district. Dr. Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators, says, "Schools need reinvention, not reform." Amen. And, he says "Critical thinking is the ability to ask really good questions." So, I need to figure out what questions, really, really good ones, to ask that will help to reinvent our teaching and learning... it's critical.
I have an iPad filled with worms (Well, not literally. I was going for the extended metaphor here, but I just realized that I may have crossed over into creepiness). Over the next few days, I'll try to put them into logical words to share. Here are the topics that I've been exploring at the TCRWP Coaching Institute and TCRWP Saturday Reunion that have nourished me so far this week. I'm hoping that Hurricane Sandy doesn't keep me from TC, because the love outweighs the frustration, and my mouth is wide open waiting for more, before I'm ready to fly.
Some future posts that I'm drafting:
- Using the new writing continuum and checklists to help students and teachers self-assess and lift the level of student writing
- Planning and implementing informational and opinion/argumentative units that will engage students and teach habits of mind
- Writing about reading to raise the level of comprehension
- Creating study groups that nurture relationships and enhance learning communities in our schools
Check back soon for more ;)