It is soupy on the Cape today. After some tidying up, watering, and a dog walk I settled in to attend a webinar with Nancy Boyles where she spoke about Reading, Writing, and Rigor: Helping Students Achieve Greater Depth of Knowledge in Literacy. Nancy is a former classroom teacher and literacy expert who resides in my home state of Massachusetts, at least during the summer months. While Nancy is local to me, today's attendees live as far away as Israel, Australia, and India. She really is respected as an authority around the world.
Over the course of the webinar there were so many ideas that resonated with me. What was most helpful to me were the many concrete examples that Nancy provided to illustrate her points. So, if I'm learning about DOK and concrete examples are helpful to me, then I had better be prepared to offer many concrete examples for my students as I help them to develop as readers and writers. I've taken workshops with Dr. Boyles before and I've read a couple of her books. Much of the information wasn't new to me but I just find hearing it again so beneficial. My big take aways today were:
What I know I need to do differently:
Check out Dr. Nancy Boyles' new book:
Reading, Writing, and Rigor: Helping Students Achieve Greater Depth of Knowledge in Literacy