Tag: children’s literature class

  • “Everybody Has a Reader Inside of Them”: 10 Big Ideas of a Children’s Literature Course

    “Everybody Has a Reader Inside of Them”: 10 Big Ideas of a Children’s Literature Course

    Yesterday, I shared the favorite reads in a Children’s Literature course I teach for preservice elementary teachers. Today, I’m focusing on their key learnings from the course. For the second part of their final exam, I ask them to present the 5 big ideas they learned about reading this semester. I think it feels like…

  • Reading Challenges: Slice of Life #sol18 25/31

    Reading Challenges: Slice of Life #sol18 25/31

    One of my favorite truths from Donalyn Miller’s wonderful book, Reading in the Wild, is that readers have plans. I love┬áto make reading plans. I am constantly cooking up some new plan for myself. Sometimes, maybe even often, I spend more time making reading plans than I do actually reading. I’m not sure what Donalyn…

  • A Slice of Children’s Literature Class: Slice of Life #sol18 16/31

    A Slice of Children’s Literature Class: Slice of Life #sol18 16/31

    Yesterday, something magical happened in my Children’s Literature course for pre-service elementary teachers. My phone had ticked down from 18 minutes, and the bell began to chime, signaling the end of our reading time. I slid my finger over the alarm to turn it off, tucked an index card into my book to mark the…

  • Mock Caldecott Results

    Mock Caldecott Results

    This week in my Children’s Literature class, we did a Mock Caldecott unit. First, we read and discussed A Sick Day for Amos McGee, one of my very favorite Caldecott winners, and viewed a short video of Erin Stead describing her process. Then, students worked in small groups to read and discuss 8 former Caldecott…

  • Celebrating Children’s Lit Class #celebratelu

    Celebrating Children’s Lit Class #celebratelu

    Visit Ruth Ayres’s blog to find out what others are celebrating. This week, I’m celebrating the reading community and #booklove I see developing in my Children’s Literature class. Tuesday’s class was really exciting to me. I looked around the room and saw that most students had brought a small stack of books with them to…

  • 5 Things I Loved about Last Week #Celebratelu

    5 Things I Loved about Last Week #Celebratelu

    Visit Ruth Ayres’s blog to see what others are celebrating this week. I am really enjoying my classes this semester. So three of my celebrations focus on things that happened at work. (And feel free to check out our course hashtags and join our conversations!) 1. In #contemplitclass, we read and discussed Junot Diaz’s linked…