This morning as I was weeding my garden, it occurred to me that the mint that had overrun my herb garden was like standardized test prep. 330 more words
Close reading has been my mind a lot lately. I recently read What Readers Really Do, by Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton. I revisited Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst as well as Falling in Love With Close Reading, by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. Yesterday, Tara Smith's excellent post on reading journals gave me more to think about. This is important work. Work that will help our students "grow and develop new ideas and insights." (Barnhouse & Vinton, pg. 152) I need time to process all this wisdom and work with my colleagues to determine how we'll integrate these ideas into our teaching. I'll be sharing more about this in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I want to share a post from 2013 that still holds true today. Thank you, as always, to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Anna, and Beth for hosting Slice of Life each Tuesday. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.