Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hattie is Back with More Thoughts on Meta-Cognition
Hattie continues to publish on her blogs, Literacy Strategies in Action for educators as well as her classroom blog, Welcome to Mrs. Deraps' Online Classroom for her students. Her voice and reflection grow stronger with each publication. She is a school leader who continues to fine tune her craft and share her insights generously.
Recently, a group of middle school teachers and high school teachers at Mt. Blue decided to get together and form a book club. The purpose of this group is to review adolescent literature and discuss the book and its applications to their students. Hattie is the chair and has created a NING on English Companion entitled, YA Lit Book Club. Several of the teachers meet as a group in Farmington and others have joined via the NING.
Using this format, teachers experience first hand, all of the elements necessary to create a collaborative community in their classrooms as well as practicing reflective strategies including, but not limited to: meta-cognition, higher level thinking, inferring, conversing, summarizing, etc. This experience is crucial for teachers who intend to teach literacy strategies. Because strategic thinking is a process - not a content - we must experience the process ourselves in a variety of contexts - each time extending our own menu, developing flexibility, clarity and proficiency.
Click on the address and see if this is an approach you could use for yourself, your peers, or your students. I promise it will be an enriching experience for everyone involved.
Thanks for sharing, Hattie.