Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Topic: Teaching Success

10-second review: Teachers need to analyze successful teaching units to determine why the unit was successful.

Title: “March of the Penguins: Building Knowledge in a Kindergarten Classroom.” L Fingeret. Reading Teacher (October 2008), 96-103. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: This idea of analyzing teacher successes came as part of an article in which children were exposed to read-alouds and films on the topic of penguins.

Comment: We all have success stories on units or teaching episodes that work. Ever think about why they work? What are the underlying characteristics that made your teaching successful? How do you know it was successful? Can you build a list of the characteristics that make your teaching successful? RayS.

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