Archive for the ‘Literacy’ category

Second Grade Communities Blog Project

January 11, 2007

Warte have kicked off a great project at where students can display some drawings and writing related to their communities and then get comments. The commenting has been going well, and I am particularly excited to see if we can grow this and some similar projects to, as Will Richardson says, “give the students’ work some wings.”

If you are reading this, hop over to that blog and make a comment. (Note: your comment will not appear until approved; comments are moderated.)


Communication: What’s the Best Tool?

October 11, 2006

An explosion in communication tools is spreading as technology springs forward. There have been many tools for much of human existence, so in a sense nothing is really new. Yet communication streams and networks are in rapid transformation. New vehicles for exchange include blogs, podcasts, vodcasts, and wikis, with more on the way- each with potential for variable distribution or containment.
What is the best tool? Well, obviously it depends on the content of the message and plans to extend the content or broadcast it. But fundamentally, an agreement to communicate with a given tool set is the primary determinant of communication quality. Tin cans and string work better than other options if that is what the parties wish to use.

It is not unusual for people to say, “I don’t check my email.”

It is not uncommon for people, even ones who know each other, to walk past one another.

The fundamental question is, “Do we want to communicate?” All too often, the answer based on the evidence is negative. And then what are we saying?

But the trend is hopeful, leading toward more articulate and varied communication using new communication and networking tools and information resources. Young people are linking with friends near and far, learning to callaborate around common interests. Many of us are building personal learning communities, and creating relationships that formenrly could not exist due to geography.

Tim Shanahan’s Framework

September 24, 2006

My plan is to take this framework and link activities and resources that support the Framework’s elements. Please comment, and I will add resources to what is here. Andy
Word Knowledge
25% or 2-3 hours of instruction

1. Sight Vocabulary (know a growing body of words that can be read quickly, accurately and easily)
2. Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (sound-symbol relationships)
3. Spelling (conventional ways, accurately)
4. Structural Analysis (prefixes, suffixes, vocabulary)
5. Word Meaning


Up to 25% or 2-3 hours of instruction

1. Reading speed
2. Oral reading accuracy
3. Phrasing
4. Expression
5. Has to sound like English language, e.g., grouping of words


25% or 2-3 hours of instruction

1. Types of information (teach students to look for particular types of information and drawing inferences)
2. Organization of information (different text structures and ways to remember information)
3. Comprehension, inquiry and study strategies (techniques, e.g., prediction, summarizing)
Graphic Organizers


25% or 2-3 hours of instruction

1. Purposes (variety – narrative, persuasive, explanatory, descriptive)
2. Products (e.g., support, elaboration, convention that can be observed in any product)
3. Processes (procedures, activities that will help to write effectively, e.g., brainstorming)
4. Audiences (e.g.., prior knowledge of readers, interests of readers)
Sites for Publishing Student Work
Blogging Techniques for the K12 Classroom

Writing with Technology: Resources compiled by Andrew Yale