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What I’m Reading This Summer: Education Edition

‘Tis the season for getting into some good education books. I’m not in grad school yet so it’s good to get into some more academic reading.

1. Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle

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I have had this one since college, and it is always so inspiring to go back and get tips and ideas. Something I have always been struggling with is implementing a Writer’s Notebook like Kittle does. This year one of my goals is to be more intentional with it.

2. Productive Group Work by Frey, Fisher, and Everlove

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This was given to me *cough* last year *cough* to read by my new teacher induction coordinator and I still haven’t gotten around to cracking it open. Group work isn’t something that I would say I really focus on managing in my classroom, which probably means I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. It will be good to be more knowledgable about it.

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Coming back up for air so I can rant about “learning styles”

Hi all. As you can see, I haven’t posted on here for awhile.

This school year has been crazy, as I’m adjusting to a new teaching position. Though I definitely could have written more, I’ve chosen to spend it doing non-education related things, like enjoying all Colorado has to offer.

Today it’s raining, so it’s not offering me much. I’ve been meaning to blog for awhile (I even have a little reminder on my phone on Sundays to blog, which I’ve been directing my opposition defiance toward (“I won’t blog! You can’t make me!”) I’ve been on the edge of teacher burn-out lately, as most are these days, so I’ve left the blogging up to someone else.

But I’m back, maybe just for this post, maybe not! Who knows?

Awhile back, my students had to complete a survey imposed by the Colorado Department of Education as part of its ICAP program, which has something to do with preparing students for college and career success. The survey, although I cannot recall its exact name, was focused on determining a student’s learning style—whether it’s “kinesthetic,” “auditory,” “visual,” etc. It seemed to be based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, appropriated into the “learning styles” pop psychology that had me schooled at some point into believing that it was true and valid.

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