Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Notice and Note Book Study Post 7

The sections of the book for part 7 today are pretty short and to the point.  The first section introduces the questions that accompany the signposts.  As I read, I wondered how having just one question would work when there are so many different circumstances in which a signpost might be observed.  After watching the accompanying video to this section by the authors, which can be found here, I was happy to hear that the authors struggled with the same idea.  They realized however, that after starting with the anchor question, other questions to further understanding naturally occurred in discussion.

The next topic is a difficult one for me.  I find myself often in the position of telling to be able to move on rather than taking the time to teach students to "fish" for themselves.  I love that the signposts help us generalize examples for students so that they are better able to comprehend on their own.  This is certainly a new habit I'm going to have to build myself, and a bit scary to tell you the truth.  I just have to remind myself that the students don't know how it's "supposed" to be, so if I make a mistake in my mind, they don't know it and I can just keep improving and working toward making it better.

Now I'm not one to re-invent something that has already been done and is terrific.  There are many fantastic free resources in the way of bookmarks and posters for you and your students to use to support you in teaching the signposts and anchor questions.  Here are some of my favorites. 

Teaching with a Touch of Twang did a great bookmark and response sheet in her last post on our book study here. 

Now's she's updated this same response sheet to include the anchor questions.  Get the updated sheet here. 

From Tori Gorosave on TpT:

Do a search for Notice and Note on TpT and you'll find several formats of posters, book marks and response forms to suit your style and needs. 

How do you teach your students to "fish" and wean them to find their own points of comprehension? 

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  1. I have the same issue with telling rather than fishing. I am hoping that with the questions as my guide I will be better at it this year.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

    1. I agree that the questions will be so helpful. They are open ended and I really like the model lessons that the authors take us through in upcoming chapters.


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