PBS TeacherLine’s course RDLA400 – Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World is set to begin tomorrow, March 13th, with Introductions and Orientation.
In this course from PBS TeacherLine, you will explore the answers to essential questions of reading using digital resources. You will also learn the basic elements of and rationale for reading initiatives that inspire students to read independently. You will discover a wealth of online literature resources, gain a deeper appreciation for digital reading and audio technologies, and learn how author and genre studies inspire and motivate student reading. Moreover, you will explore your own personal reading habits and use this understanding to model passionate reading. All of these activities will occur in a collaborative, online professional learning network.
Please visit PBS TeacherLine website today to register!
Extremely thankful for teachers, this weekend! This weekend’s quote shared by a teacher in the online course I facilitate (Thank you, E.M.!)
“The literacy-rich environment also provides students with opportunities to engage with and see adults interact with print allowing students to build their skills in understanding the conventions, purposes, and functions of print. “Children learn how to attend to language and apply this knowledge to literacy situations by interacting with others who model language functions” (Gunn, Simmons, & Kameenui, 1995, 11).
Source: Gunn, B., Simmons, D., Kameenui, E. (1995). Emergent literacy: Synthesis of the research (Technical Report No. 19). University of Oregon: National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators.
More Weekend Ed Quotes
Presenting new research from our collective paper, “Online Course Facilitators Describe What Works in Learner-Centered Feedback“ at the in Washington,
Our paper reflects the writing collaboration of six PBS TeacherLine course facilitators and the PBS Program Manager, Francine Wargo. The course facilitators are Helen Teague, Rose Castro, Dr. Joyce King, Victoria Lara, and John Tierney.
Here is the abstract of the paper:
Abstract: A four-point-effectiveness checklist for continued student engagement through personalized assessment feedback in online courses is described in this poster and accompanying paper. Designed for pre-service and in-service adult learners, the checklist reflects research in pedagogical practice of knowledge transfer, adult learning theory, and the TPaCK instructional framework. Data sources include the feedback artifacts of current online course facilitators, who are also the co-writers of this paper. Post-course assessment data from adult learners validates the success of these methods in both current teaching practice and subsequent professional development through participation in online courses.
Also today, online Course Facilitators from describe what works for our learners in a participatory share session, aptly titled “Effective Practices in Online Course Facilitation: Roundtable Participatory Share.”
Here is the Abstract:
Abstract: The most effective online course facilitators implement personalized messages and content that inspires, engages, and educates. The courses’ sound structural strategy ensures implementation by teacher-learners. This interactive roundtable features online educators who will share best practices and the educational effectiveness of content that allows learners to exit each course with a set of materials ready for use, vetted, and strengthened by experiential analysis and subsequent recommendations. This roundtable discussion will include video clips of online course facilitators and teacher-learners describing various aspects of their experiences while in their online courses. Teachers and teacher-learners may appear live from remote locations recounting their experiences.
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Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital Age
If you want kids to love reading, set up opportunities for kids to work together and with you around books. If you want them to be lifelong readers, work with them to encourage them to build reading into their daily life when away from school. If you want them to care about books, give them a chance to take on books that might be too hard for them. Give them ways to gain social rewards for using the knowledge that they gain from such reading. ~Tim Shanahan on Literacy, in this post