Monday, July 04, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?--Online Edition

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Stuff I've read online this week:

I continue to follow-up on the responses to Kate Messner and Phil Bildner being disinvited to scheduled school visits. Publishers Weekly shared this piece: Authors Respond to Disinvites from Schools.

I am always amazed that we are still talking about reading levels but there is a good, thoughtful piece at The Teacher Triathlete. You know how I feel about levels....

Our district Chief Academic Officer, Kim Miller, shared this piece in an email last week--Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule--Such an interesting thing to think about when it comes to creativity and learning.  

And if you don't read Pernile Ripp's blog regular, I would add it to your list of must read blogs. One of her recent posts I love is The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers.

I've been thinking a lot about young children and the need to teach about social justice. A good piece from Edutopia is Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity and Social Justice.

Resilience is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure was an interesting new way to think of resilience.

My principal, Jen Schwanke had this great piece on her blog called Bring it to Life...Or Not?  Love the whole idea of this.

A long but interesting piece about race: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People about Racism.  It is one I have to revisit as I think there are lots of important things to think about.

One of my favorite people, Ann Marie Corgill, shared this on Facebook--Not All Teachers Want to Be Administrators. It is always a hard thing for some people to understand. I loved this article as I do believe "I belong in the classroom."

An interesting piece I am thinking about from TeachThought--7 Shifts to Create a Classroom of the Future. Not sure I agree 100% but some good things to think about talk about.  


  1. Thanks for the article on teaching social justice, Franki - I began exploring a unit on this last year, and am looking forward to expanding upon it in the year to come.

  2. Quite a few articles I am interested in, Franki. I read the one by Ann Corgill, terrific!

  3. Reading levels drive me NUTS......!!!

  4. Love this roundup! I definitely am saving this link.
    P.S. I cannot stand reading levels/lexiles!

    Happy reading this week :)

  5. Hi Franki!

    I am a current grad school student in elementary education, and I will be starting my student teaching in the fall. I really enjoyed reading the articles you posted. I have been learning about leveling in my classes, and the teachers at my school have talked about the importance of leveling and the need to have a leveled library in the classroom. This was the first time I had read about the benefit of not having a leveled library. Is your classroom library leveled? I am always looking to hear/learn from experienced teachers so I would love to hear what you think about leveled libraries. Thanks for your time and for sharing these awesome articles!

    Megan O'Leary

    1. I've always believed that book levels are for teachers, not for kids. My classroom library is not leveled. I want kids to choose books that ae engaging and accessible for many reasons. I don't think there is ever a reason for a child to know his/her level.


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