…blog post of interest from a third grade teacher…I used music throughout the day when I taught my middle schoolers. Music was definitely a classroom tradition.
Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing | Scholastic.com.
There are many interesting ways to use Journal Writing to encourage the voices of all students, as well as spark interest in writing. The Journal strategy presented in this post reminds me of the Shared Journal strategy for the youngest writers (K-2), wherein students share their daily journal entries then vote on which entry they will all write.
This post from Edutopia.org is exciting to me.
So, today in my Hope College class of preservice teachers we engaged in the Tell Me strategy to express thoughts about the first two chapters in our course text, Mosaic of thought: The power of comprehension strategy instruction, Ed 2, by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmerman.. The teaching profession is “hot” today with strategies to help students to comprehend “complex texts,” and for the students in the class, Mosaic is indeed a complex text. They respond individually to me through Double Entry Journals, but the Tell Me strategy allows them a structure within which to mingle their voices in small groups–to share their thoughts and to listen to the thoughts of their classmates.
I engage them in use of strategies they will eventually use themselves as teachers. Tell Me is socially-driven, which is so beneficial to middle schoolers. So, here is how the strategy plays out:
There are three “Sharings” of focused thoughts about the text they read (in this case, first two chapters of our class text).
First Sharing: Enthusiasms What rocked you? Made you think, wow, that’s cool. Got you excited?
Second Sharing: Puzzlements, Wondering, Difficulties What places in the text made you stop and question–what’s this about? Or, were there statements or passages with which you disagreed? Were there passages or concepts that you didn’t quite get?
Third Sharing: Connections How did you connect to your lived experiences? To other things you have read? To life, in schools or otherwise?
They worked in small groups, each member contributing to all three Sharings. Then, we came back together as a whole group to share.
I cannot take credit for this strategy–I have adapted it over time from an unknown source. All I do know, is it works!! I hope you give it atry!
love this image and can’t help but relate it to writing and taking risks to write. However you might connect, the image is sweetly powerful…
Great article (located on a cool resource website The Edvocate) on the how’s and why’s for integrating the arts across the K-12 curriculum, a topic of passion for me. I especially love this statement from the article:
Why does art integration work?
The science behind arts integration is solid. Simply put, more of the brain is at work when the arts are part of the learning process, strengthening attentiveness, reaction time and comprehension. There is also plenty of research to suggest that arts education methods improve long-term retention. In other words, what the students learn through arts integration will stay in their memories for longer than that year’s standardized test. When students are allowed academic expression through artistic means, like drawing a picture or writing a song, the information is embedded in their minds. Long-term learning and practical application of knowledge are both supported when the arts are integrated. (Matthew Lynch, 2014)