How to Engage Your Strongest Readers

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This summer, I was lucky enough to be inn the presence of Mary Ehrenworth at Teachers College as she gave us strategies for how to support our strongest readers.  Inspired by her words and knowing that I would have readers that were well beyond their years, I decided to put her words into action.  But what did it look like in the classroom?

I met with them frequently.  All kids had one to one with me at least every other week depending on what we were doing.  This meant I knew what every kid was reading and working on.  I also met with them in small groups or in partner ships.  They pushed each other’s thinking just as much as they pushed mine.

We revisited ideas.  Too often their initial ideas were good, but not deep thinking.  In the past I would have been happy with…

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In the Skype Studio: How social media transforms ideas and movements

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Last week, Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Crimea, giving a controversial speech that posited Russia’s annexation of the peninsula as part of historical tradition. In March, when Crimea first voted to become a part of Russia, TED Fellow Ed Ou was there. He shared what he saw on the ground—Russian flags being hoisted over a military base—during a Skype conversation with Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, makers of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square; Bahia Shehab, Egyptian street artist and TED Fellow; Anwar Dafa-Alla, the organizer of TEDxKhartoum; and Brian Ries, Mashable’s real-time news editor.

Above, watch this fascinating conversation in the lobby of TED2014, about how social media shifts the power dynamics of social movements, allowing individuals to tell their own stories above and beyond what the government and traditional media have to say.

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Reflections on the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, from the lead exhibition designer

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A look at the Slurry Wall inside the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. Here, lead exhibition designer Tom Hennes reflects on it opening to the public. Photo: Jin Lee A look at the Slurry Wall inside the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. Here, lead exhibition designer Tom Hennes reflects on it opening to the public. Photo: Jin Lee

If you watch TED Talks, you know Tom Hennes’ designs well. His firm, Thinc Design, created the stage for the TED conference in Monterey and Long Beach from 2003 through 2012. Thinc Design was also the lead exhibition designer for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened to the public yesterday. The TED Blog asked Hennes to reflect on the opening:

At 9 o’clock yesterday morning, the doors of the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened for the first time to the general public, represented in the growing queue by a slightly wary group led by an intrepid woman in a pink t-shirt. I’ve become so accustomed to the sound of workers and machinery down there, 70 feet below the Memorial…

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TEDx celebrates 10,000th event. A handy infographic to show just what that means.

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Happy 10,000th event, TEDx! Since its start in 2009, TEDx events have been held in 167 countries at an average rate of 8 per day. These events have taken place at locations as far flung as Mount Everest and the Sydney Opera House but, beyond that, these events have transformed individuals and their communities. Below an infographic—created by designer Megan Jett—that breaks downs the who, what, whens and wheres of TEDx events. Add to the conversation and share your TEDx memories using the hashtag #TEDx10000.

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Guided Reading within the Daily 5 Framework

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I was filling in for a 3rd grade teacher, who needed to attend an assessment meeting on behalf of one of her students. When I walked in, she had me start the third of four rotations. She uses the Daily 5 framework in her classroom, so students not meeting with me were engaged in tasks such as reading to self or working on writing.

Our goals for guided reading: Expression; fluency; decoding; self-correcting. A tall order!

The group coming to me was reading a Time Warp Trio title. The students seemed motivated to dig back into this authentic text.

Not having taught guided reading in some time (I have been a principal for seven years now), I relied on what I know now – the Ongoing Cycle of Responsive Teaching:

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I started the group by modeling what strong expression and accurate reading looks and sounds like. After I read a…

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