Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Texts on Tuesdays have begun! Notice and Note!

Today is the first Tuesday of June and the beginning of an exciting summer of professional reading on Tuesdays!  Today is the kick off of the book study on "Notice and Note" hosted by many top bloggers.

If you haven't done any professional reading recently, you will know that close reading is one of the new buzzwords circulating around the field of education. The authors of this book are certainly experts on the topic!  The first section of the book tackles some philosophical issues related to reading as our world is changing and what we as educators need to do to keep up.  Want to know more? Make sure to head over to Dilly Dabbles today so that you can see some more details about this part of this wonderful professional book!

My biggest "hmmmm" while reading this section was rethinking my OWN thoughts about student devices in the classroom.  Should fourth graders be allowed to bring e-readers, ipods, and so on for reading time?  What message does it send to those who are not financially in a place to do so--does this create an even greater "haves vs have nots" in our classrooms?  Conversely...if students HAVE such tools, shouldn't they be allowed to use them?  I'd love to know your thoughts...I'm still wrestling!  

This just scratches the surface...so check out other links about this text to see more thoughts!


  1. We do allow students to bring their e-readers, but they have to get it approved by our librarian/technology administrator and sign a form (parents,too) stating that they will only use it for reading books - no web access. It's worked out fine, but most of our kids stick to old fashioned books:)

    Are We There Yet?

  2. When my son was in 4th grade, and a few times this year in 5th, he's brought his Nook to class. We didn't have to get it approved or anything- of course, there was no web access. There were a handful of students in 4th grade that were reading with e-readers all the time. Eventually, he decided that he liked good old-fashioned books better.

  3. I hadn't thought about the issue of the "haves v. have not's". We just began getting some technology in our classrooms for student use this year. I have 4 Chromebooks with three more coming next year. That gives me about enough for small groups to rotate using. As a school we're considering uplifting the ban on devices being out during the school day. My principal has been lenient in allowing devices with teacher direction, but we did have an incident of inappropriate use when we allowed them for a reward activity. That just made us realize how much we need to set guidelines and monitor use. I'm hoping to integrate the use of a classroom blog as a way for students to discuss and respond to their literature circle books next year, so allowing student to use their devices in school would be helpful. Now to think about how to structure the rules and monitoring. Thanks so much for joining us on this book study!

  4. I read this book last summer and implemented the signposts this school year. I LOVED teaching reading fiction this way! I really feel it helped my students interact with a piece of literature in ways they hadn't before. I am excited to follow along as you discuss this wonderful resource!

  5. I also was thinking abotu the use of e-readers in the classroom. I asked my students last week how many had an ipad or e-reader at home. Only 5 of 22 did. My biggest concern with e-readers (besides the liability of it breaking or being stolen) is being able to fully monitor their use. When they have physical books in their hands I can easily monitor who is reading. I worry that with them on an e-reader Iwill not be able to ensure students are reading appropriate books (both content and level). I'm sure as they become more popular in the classroom I will learn to do a better job at that.

  6. We are BYOT school, so devices are allowed and their is wi-fi access (although restricted:-). I'll be honest, it has its pros and cons. Love having the devices and teaching digital literacy - it's the way of the world for the kids of today. However, teaching acceptable and responsible use is one more thing that has to be added to the day - when there doesn't seem enough time for all of it already. Parents are supportive for the most part and the "have nots" don't mind. We have a set of computers in each room and I've found for the most part, students huddle together and they don't mind sharing the screen. I too have found, most students try reading on the ipad/nook and go back to the real book.

  7. I just started reading this book, and I can't wait to join in on the conversation. I have mixed feelings about students bringing in technology. This is not something I've tried yet. My biggest concerns would be that students use the devices responsibly and that no one feels bad for not having something to bring in. Having said that, I don't think we are too far away from trying that at my school, so I will soon see and share how it goes.

    Fit to be Fourth

  8. Hello Teacher Studio (Meg?),
    I work at an Early College High School on a community college campus. Biggest drawback--no lockers for the kids and a very heavy Holt Textbook containing Romeo and Juliet. The past two years I have allowed my freshmen to read it on e-readers and on their phones. It's so cool. They can look up stuff about the play while we read and share it. We have had such laughs at some of the stuff posted on the Internet about words and scenes (especially all Shakespeare's sexual references of course). I think we have to teach with these devices--show the kids how to use them for academic as well as social stuff.

  9. I think BYOD is good for middle & high school, but not for elementary. I like providing my kids with different forms of books. This is what seems fair to me. I am privileged to work at a Title I school with lots of technology, so we have some to go around. I am loving this book and I can't wait to read more.
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