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Thursday, July 30, 2015
An excellent article based on an analogy between close reading of text and community..along with some great ideas for building community in the classroom. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
Everyone in this world is somehow connected. So why not just be nice to everybody?
It was one of the days in our classroom where we had visitors
observing our reading workshop. This happens often but on this day, we
had over 10 visitors. The room was crowded, but my students had learned
to ignore the visitors and go on with their learning.
I did a minilesson while the teachers in the room watched from
various spots in the room. After the minilesson, I sent the students off
to read and wove my way to a table in the back of the room where I
planned to meet with students. I pulled out my plan for groups and
conferences and opened Evernote on my iPad so that I could take notes on
the meetings. It was at that moment that I realized I had forgotten my
reading glasses, and I couldn’t read or write well without them.
This was not a one-time occurrence. It was a fairly common
thing for me to lose my glasses in the classroom. Normally, I just go
back to where I left them or yell out, “Has anyone seen my glasses?”
Did I mention that there were over 10 visitors in the room? Or that
they were spread around the room so it was a bit crowded? I couldn’t
easily make my way back to the rug area and I certainly was not going to
yell out for my glasses. So in that moment, I decided to pretend I
could see and do my best to make sense of my blurry plans.
I called up my first group and sat down to get started. Gabe
suddenly appeared next to me, quietly slid my glasses onto the table and
walked away without a word. After the wave of relief that came over
me, I realized what this moment said about our classroom and the way we
took care of each other. Gabe noticed me and that I needed something. He
did not even need a word of appreciation from me for his
thoughtfulness. That is what community is about.
We talk a lot about community and do lots of “community
building” activities to start our school year. But a true community is
one in which people notice each other, and they want what is best for
each other. Gabe showed me that morning that our classroom was one
where we helped each other to be our best selves.
In their book Falling in Love with Close Reading,
Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts write, “We see the ritual of close reading
not just as a method of doing the academic work of looking closely at
text -- evidence, word choice, and structure, but as an opportunity to
bring those practices together to empower our students to see the subtle
messages in texts and in their lives.” Gabe noticed my subtle messages,
read the situation, and quietly and gracefully did what needed to be
done. Close reading at its finest.
This week we look at building classroom communities in the early days of school. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
Lead Contributor, Choice Literacy
has worked for over 20 years as a teacher at different grade levels and
school librarian. Franki is the co-author with Karen Szymusiak of many
books and videos on teaching reading in the intermediate grades. You can
keep up with Franki on the popular blog she writes with Mary Lee Hahn, A Year of Reading.
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