A quote from Ellin, "Teachers can help children realize that when they are fervent, when they choose to engage so deeply that the world around them disappears, the concepts they're struggling to understand become more clear, the texts they read become more multifaceted--in other words, they experience the outcomes of understanding, and the world, not just the classroom, becomes a more comprehensible place."
Now a common theme you may see through my posts is that the clock is a tickin'! My reading workshop and our revised curriculum maps have aloud me to go deeper into comprehension strategies with some leeway BUT I still feel crushed under the clock. That leads me to do as many teachers do and design the day in a way that students might not touch a book they CANNOT put down. I hope for it and a lot of them do but the struggling students' time is controlled in a different way.
So this is where I am turning to you and your expertise as a teacher and learner....watch the video and post your response. (I haven't finished reading To Understand and I'm sure she gets to answering my questions but I still have a curiosity to hear what my counterparts are doing.)
I cannot wait to hear your feedback! Thanks!