If the other First Discussion Board I've asked you to post to this week is about your experience as a student (because we are all students before we are teachers), this post comes at the discussion of what it means to teach and learn today from a different angle--as it is reported on by those folks outside of education looking in.
LOCATE, READ & POST: ANY ARTICLE written in the past year on any aspect of teaching or learning. It doesn't have to be some fancy scholarly article--it could be from Time or the Globe or wherever. I will include a sample post. Bonus points if it is an article about teaching reading and writing. Post a summary of the article, roughly 200 words. Read through your classmate’s posts.
RESPOND: Read your classmates summaries. In roughly 100 words, respond with what you see as what the state of teaching and learning--both the joy of it and the difficulty of it is--based on what you are seeing in yours and your fellow classmates articles. I will provide some summative comments on what I see in an upcoming Class Update.
It is in these two introductory posts that we start to lay the groundwork for our discussion and learning this summer: we all have ideas about what classrooms should be like versus what we have actually experienced in classrooms. We want to enter into a discussion of practice wide-eyed--the good, the bad, the ugly, the real and the imagined. This is a first effort at trying to understand what a real literacy classroom looks like.