November 16, 2015
This week’s LitBit focuses on opportunities and interactions. Be sure to read the bits of information and see some of the great opportunities available to your students.
What is the purpose of school?- Ted Dintersmith is a successful venture capitalist, father of two, and producer of the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.” He’s working on encouraging communities to re-think the purpose of school. Take a moment and read his thoughts and findings in this Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/03/a-venture-capitalist-searches-for-the-purpose-of-school-heres-what-he-found/?postshare=9491446773811032
Opportunities and Interactions- Recently added to the website is a new Writing Feedback protocol you can use with your students. It is designed to provide a small-group writing conference led by students to offer suggestions for writing improvements. I’ve had great success with the protocol in my language arts classes and the learning center. Instead of hearing “I like your paper. You did a good job!” students are able to receive specific feedback that they can take back and use to enhance their writing. http://www.rcsthinkfromthemiddle.com/writing-workshop-feedback-protocol.html
Kids Standard- Motivate. Activate. Celebrate. Kids’ Standard Magazine is a publication dedicated to letting the voice of students be heard. The purpose of the magazine is to help kids believe in themselves, learn and research, and to become self-motivated learners. November’s issue focused on the theme of Growing through Failure. It featured articles from students across Oakland County as well as our own Erika Lusky and a parent from Long Meadow/West Middle School. You can read the November issue here http://www.kidsstandard.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Kids-Mag-Nov-2015-Issue.pdf
Be sure to check out the Kids Standard website and see how you and your students can get work published in an upcoming issue. http://www.kidsstandard.org/
Thursday, November 19- Clarkston will visit to learn about Reuther’s CoT journey and see a lesson in-action in the Think Tank.
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