Professional Learning Communities.
Teacher ownership of professional learning.
Teachers teaching teachers.
These are phrases that we hear and say all the time. Last week I was involved with a group that provided a powerful example of it in action. This has happened many times before, the difference being that this time, I have a few moments to write about it.
I was at Radisson School working with the Grade 3-5 PLC. We were discussing the approach Regie Routman takes toward classroom libraries, as many of you have over the past couple of years. After viewing the video clips of Regie talking with teachers about setting their classroom libraries up in a way that supports and encourages students to take ownership and use the library independently, we got to talking about Richard Allington and his research that speaks to students needing access all day long to material they CAN read. And this led to the problem of accessing non-fiction text that kids can understand, especially online.
At this point, one of the teachers shared something she had learned through her use of Twitter as a means of professional learning. It was a revelation to me and some of the others in the group. So much so, that I was compelled to share it with you, just in case you had not come across this either.
You can search on Google, looking for text written at a basic reading level.
Type in your topic. Let's try polar bears.
On the results page, click on Search Tools, then on All results and then on Reading level.
Now choose Basic and you will get a list of sites written for kids, in language and format they can more easily understand.
Thank you to Laura Steinhoff (Follow her on Twitter @L_Steinhoff or read her blog firstname.lastname@example.org ) for this invaluable tip.
Access to non-fiction text suitable for research into Science, Social Studies or Health topics just got easier.