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When Ms. Lyttle was looking for a new reading process activity to try with her sixth graders, I shared what I had learned in the recent Disciplinary Literacy Reading Apprenticeship training. We decided to do a co-teach of the metacognitive partner talk thinking strategy. The video below shows how the strategy looks with sixth graders.
Click the swirl image for some free downloadable resources from WestEd, the company who did the CMS training.
This strategy delivers amazing results in a pretty efficient timespan. The lesson plan is here including links to the demo and practice poem and more information about the Reading Apprenticeship training and Reading for Understanding. I want to specifically note that Ms. Lyttle's classroom persona is one reason this lesson went so well. It is clear that Ms. Lyttle loves her students and gives them respect and trust and appreciates them just as they are while at the same time nurturing them and pushing them to grow. It is obvious in this video that the students love being in her room and thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere she creates. My hat is off to her. Follow her at @lyttlela on Twitter.
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD