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The Unexpected Road to Motivation

The ideal classroom atmosphere to coach young readers and writers is characterized by trust, motivation, and accountability. Educator and writer Larry Ferlazzo explores these and related ideas in his post, “What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing.” Note Larry’s emphasis on choice in reading; in Foundations & Frameworks, student choice is a built-in component of every unit. In writing, Larry’s emphasis on graphic organizers and their positive effects on student confidence fits beautifully with the approach to pre-writing in every Writer’s Stylus unit.

Hashtag Theme

The theme is the heart of a story. However, students often confuse theme with main idea or an important topic. Reading Specialist and Professor Mary Beth Fields suggests a fun twist to help students tackle the challenge of condensing the heart of a story into a concisely-worded statement.

The Running Road to Writing

Writing enthusiastically and writing well do not share a cause-effect relationship. Students need to understand that: 1) writing is hard work that occurs in multiple stages, 2) that it is acceptable and even advantageous to struggle, and 3) that they control how they write. This struggle is further explained in Kevin Kaiser’s lighthearted essay, "4 Lessons Running Can Teach You About Writing."

Collaboration in the Classroom

“Promoting real collaboration is hard to do well,” writes educator Mary Burns, “and it doesn’t just happen on its own.” Burns then offers five strategies for effective collaboration in the classroom, including creating complex learning activities.

In the Foundations & Frameworks Instructional Reading Program, “complex activities” that call for collaboration include student-led small groups and intellectual art projects. Small groups meet on a daily basis, and students safely practice arguing and debating both logically and respectfully with their peers. Intellectual art projects require students to identify a problem and agree on a research-based solution together. Group members must actively listen to their peers and know how to handle conflict resolution when they disagree.

In today’s classroom, the role of “teacher” has shifted from instructor to coach. Providing opportunities for collaboration allows teachers to fulfill their role as coaches, and empowers students to work together confidently, effectively equipping them for their future.
Foundations & Frameworks Advanced Training January 22-26, 2018
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