WEP 0063: Jennifer Serravallo on Reading Strategies and Writing Strategies

An Interview with Jennifer Serravallo, Author of The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book

Kelly interviews author, speaker, and educator, Jennifer Serravallo in this 63rd episode of The Wired Educator Podcast.

Jennifer is the author of several awesome books on education including: The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, The Reading Strategies Book and her upcoming Writing Strategies Book. Kelly and Jennifer talk about her writing, and great reading and writing practices.

Remember, all educators are teachers of reading and writing.

Jennifer was a teacher in Title I Schools in NYC, and later a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She is now a national consultant and speaker who helps urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction. She is the author of numerous books on the teaching of reading and writing including the New York Times bestseller, The Reading Strategies Book and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment series. Her latest book, The Writing Strategies Book, will be released in February 2017. Check out her blog at www.jenniferserravallo.com and tweet her @jserravallo.

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Mentioned in this podcast: 

The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.

Pre-Order The Writing Strategies Book NOW! And be one of the first to receive it when it ships!

The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy McCormick Calkins.

In the Middle, Third Edition: A Lifetime of Learning About Writing, Reading, and Adolescents by Nancy Atwell. 

Jennifer’s podcast: Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo!

Jennifer is on Twitter: @jserravallo
Jennifer’s blog and website: www.jenniferserravallo.com
Jennifer’s Facebook group connected to Reading and Writing Strategies:
Heinemann: www.heinemann.com
Scrivener: The best writing software for everyone!


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iPads and My Golf-Club Metaphor

WE Golf Club Metaphor

I own a lot of iOS devices. In fact, I may very well own them all. Seriously.

People know me as an “Apple guy” and contact me when they need help choosing “the right” device for them.

The answer to that question can be as simple and complex as you wish to make it.

For me, each iOS device has its unique role and purpose.

While I am not suggesting you need every iOS device, I would like you to hear me out and digest my Golf Club Metaphor:

I have met some amazing golfers, of which I am not one, that are so good they could easily crush me with a single golf club to my entire bag. I don’t really know for sure, but I can imagine my friend Del selecting an 8-iron and using it to drive, chip, and even putt.  There is no doubt in my mind he would beat me with that one club on every hole.

While that one club really could serve my friend well, it does not serve me; I’m just not that good. I need the extra distance the driver will give me, the accuracy of a putter, and all of the other advantages I can’t even appreciate in the other clubs.

A single iPhone or iPad absolutely can indeed serve all of your needs. There is no question. I have used my iPhone to write scenes in a novel, pay bills, sell items on eBay, and even create artwork that I have sold. Still, I am better served when I have a specific tool for each job.

I want to have a bag of great tools at my disposal to do my best work and play my best game. I know not everyone can afford to have a bunch of devices. I get it. These devices, however, do last a long time, in fact my original iPad still works great. Amazing. I also love how they all sync to each other, so the work I am doing on one picks up exactly where I left off on the other.

Here’s what I am using and why:

iPhone 7 Plus: Your smartphone is your go-to device for most of your work and most of your diversions. You use it every day and most of the hours of the day. I am always perplexed by people who hesitate to upgrade to a new one or repair a damaged one. Your smartphone is like your car; you need a dependable one. I really hesitated on getting the bigger model, but I am glad I did.  I love, love, love the camera and reading on the device. I went all-out and purchased the biggest model. I need lots of room for photos, apps, and videos. I was worried the bigger model would be too big. It’s not. It fits in my hand and pocket fine. And the camera… Wow!

iPad Air 2: I use this iPad for consuming. This is my everywhere iPad. This iPad can go everywhere and I can get some serious work with it. Still, it does not fit in my pocket so I have to carry it. If I don’t want to carry it I will take an iPad mini, which actually does fit in my khaki pockets but not my jeans.

iPad Pro 12.9 inch: I use this iPad for creating. I’m an artist and this is the greatest pad ever! If you are an artist and haven’t tried the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro… you must demo it. It made such a huge impact on my art. I use the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app to do all of my artwork.)  I love reading magazines on it with the Texture apple because they are the size of actual magazines. I love to read comics on it using Marvel Unlimited because they are actual size of comics. I use both iBooks and Kindle apple to read books. Both fantastic. I use the Blogo app to blog and Scrivener app to write my books. This iPad is now my creation workhorse. The best keyboard and case for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch is the Logitech Create iPad Pro Case. 

iPod touch: I use this for flights and travel. It saves my iPhone battery. I also like having a backup device when I travel. Lots of perks.

iPod nano: I use this for music during my art presentations and conference presentations. I connect it to my speaker system and it’s a go. I make special playlists for every presentation. Opening, work in progress, and conclusion. Music is important and sadly too often forgotten.

iPod shuffle: This is still the best solution for me to go running with because of its tiny size and it is distraction free. I love that the iPad shuffle is so inexpensive too.

Do I still use a laptop? Yes, but my iPad Pro is quickly replacing a lot of work. I currently use an older MacBook Air, but I hope to soon replace it with a new 13 inch MacBook Pro maxed out. I create a lot of video and produce a blog on my MacBook. I also write a lot, and it’s form, size and weight still feel the best for writing. I also use animation software that is not found on the iPad yet. So, the MacBook is still my professional level tool, however, as I mentioned, I am slowly but surely replacing jobs on the iPad occasionally and not looking back.

Twenty-one Goals Every Educator Should Make in 2017

How Many Have You Completed?

I love setting goals and making resolutions. I am always trying to become a better version of myself.  I want to be a better educator, parent, husband, speaker, and more. As educators we set high standards for our students and we motivate them to become their best.  We share and encourage resources to improve the lives of our students. We care passionately about their current and future success. We need to do the same for ourselves.

Each year year I write a blog post to inspire educators to become even better and consider accomplishing something that maybe they didn’t think they could do. I challenge teachers to do something that would benefit their classroom, their students, their district, and themselves.  Take a look at my list for 2017 and see if you found some that you already do and some that might be a real challenge. I hope you find this list inspiring.  I add to this list and change it each year.

1.) Build A Tribe: I want you to create a community where you can share ideas and challenge each other as educators. Your community can be created in anyway you like. Maybe it’s a Facebook group, a book club, a Pinterest Page, a Twitter hastag, or even a blog or podcast.  I really enjoy hosting my own blog.   (It could be a personal blog, one for your students, or maybe one for you colleagues.) Share the accomplishments you and your students are experiencing. Ask questions. Ask for help. Share what you have learned. Perhaps you can help olve a problem. Archive your best work. Build connections

WEP 0062: Dunk Tank, An Interview with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

An Interview with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-11-36-24-pmIn this podcast Kelly interviews authors Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter about their hot new book Dunk Tank. The official title of their book is: Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want to See you Drown.

Both Rick & Rebecca are educational disruptors and forward thinkers with a passion to support ALL current & ALL future educational leaders (PK-20). Their mission and vision is simple: We must break the glass ceiling to eliminate the status quo to ensure equity for ALL students. Rebecca and Rick have both faced adversity in their careers and are willing to do whatever it takes to call out ALL the “elephants” in the educational room so that educators, political leaders, and industry innovators can leverage talent and work together to best serve kids.

51ifw-sibdlAbout the book: 

Have you ever felt as if a supervisor, coworker, or even your own school board was trying to sabotage you?  No school leader is immune to the effects of discrimination, bad politics, revenge, or ego-driven coworkers. If you’ve ever worked in such conditions, you know that adversaries can make your job as a school leader miserable. But even if you’re lucky enough to be thriving in your current role, you’ve probably seen leaders whose careers have been tanked by difficult and demanding circumstances. You may even wonder from time to time, “Am I next?”  In Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank, Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter interviewed superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the nation who have faced “dunk tank” situations. Through real-life stories and by sharing insightful research, the authors (who are dunk tank survivors themselves) equip school leaders with the practical knowledge and emotional tools necessary to survive and, better yet, avoid getting “dunked.”

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot is learning and fun for EVERY Classroom

Become an Apple Teacher at the Apple Teacher Learning Center for Free. Great PD: www.appleteacher.apple.com

Rick’s book: Sutures of the Mind: Unleashing the Power of Mindfulness in 30 Days While Rescuing Your Spirit

Rebecca’s most influential read: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Rick’s most influential read: Exploiting Children: School Board Members Who Cross The Line by Matt Spencer.

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

Favorite apps: SnapChat, Wunderlist



 

WEP 0061: PocketLab, An Interview with Clifton Roozeboom

PocketLab: A Small, Affordable Sensor Perfect for STEM, PBL, and More!

mjy3odg1ngClifton Roozeboom is the inventor of PocketLab, a technology platform for
hands-on science learning. PocketLab is used by tens of thousands of
students and educators in 44 different countries and has received
recognition from Stanford University, Yale University, ProtoLabs, the
New York Museum of Modern Art, and the National Science Foundation.
Clifton received his PhD from Stanford University in mechanical
engineering. His PhD research was on micro-scale sensors for wireless
sensor network applications.

385215058PocketLab is the perfect device for classrooms. Our school is now using PocketLab in our STEM room.  These tiny sensors can be attached to just about anything to measure and record scientific data.

In this interview Clifton gives us the background on how PocketLab came to be and the many, many incredible ways they are being used in classrooms from primary all the way through post secondary learning.  There are many takeaways in this podcast.  You will certainly leave dreaming up ways you and your school can benefit from this affordable, portable sensor.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Earn badges to become an Apple Teacher. My challenge to you!

The Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya. Support their new school. We did!

www.thepocketlab.com

PocketLab Sensor for less than $90. 

Clifton’s favorite book: Thinking Fast and Slow

Clfton’s Favorite apps: Google Science Journal and Motion Shot by Sony (Both Free.)

Also, check out Wired Educator Podcasts: 14 with another inventor, Roger Wagner, and episode 38 with Jarius Makimba of Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya.