Teachers Teaching Teachers #269 Asking Frank Questions with Fred Mindlin, Cynthia Shidner, Valerie Burton, Gail Desler -10.26.11


We asked important questions about reading, censorship, teaching with prescribed curriculums, freedom, and more on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers

Chris Sloan

Gail Desler

Fred Mindlin

Monika Hardy
Barry Floyd,
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Cynthia Shidner

Paul Allison

Valerie Burton


Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.

20:55:08 JoseRodriguez: Hey Paul..

20:55:32 JoseRodriguez: Will check in a bit later.. just getting ready for dinner.

20:55:58 JoseRodriguez: I signed up for youthvoices this week..

20:56:03 Paul Allison: Love to have you in the hangout.

20:56:15 Paul Allison: Yes, I saw, I made you a teacher/administrator.

20:56:22 JoseRodriguez: very cool…

20:56:50 JoseRodriguez: I will be available after you guys start. In about 20min or so.

20:56:57 Paul Allison: Working with Bill Fitzgerald to re-activate mp3 RSS to enable podcasts. See you soon.

20:57:04 JoseRodriguez: great..

21:08:26 Paul Allison: Welcome!

21:08:36 PeggyG: Hi Paul

21:09:17 Paul Allison: Hey Peggy

21:09:25 Paul Allison: People are gathering slowly.

21:09:36 PeggyG: are those actual grade levels or ability levels?

21:10:38 Chris Sloan: Hi Peggy

21:11:02 PeggyG: Hi Chris

21:12:36 PeggyG: so the students are all in the same grade level but very different ability levels

21:12:54 Chris Sloan: different grade levels in the same room

21:16:37 PeggyG: all sophomores…

21:22:50 PeggyG: hearing everyone great

21:28:47 JoseRodriguez: Hey There..

21:29:05 PeggyG: Hi Jose! Welcome back to TTT

21:29:15 JoseRodriguez: πŸ™‚

21:29:55 Chris Sloan: Hi Jose

21:30:23 JoseRodriguez: Hi.. trying to load livestream..

21:30:24 PeggyG: sounds like fun!!

21:33:54 JoseRodriguez: Had to change browser..

21:34:14 JoseRodriguez: no coming in loud and clear..

21:34:20 JoseRodriguez: now…

21:34:53 JoseRodriguez: darn.. those furlough days..

21:37:41 Paul Allison: Jose, feel free to join us in the Hangout if you would like.

21:38:24 JoseRodriguez: sure.. in a bit. Also cool to hangout in chat πŸ˜‰

21:39:50 Chris: terrible hotel connect … sorry to miss you all! will catch the archive.

21:40:08 PeggyG: sorry Chris!!! bye

21:41:15 PeggyG: what a GREAT idea Paul!!

21:42:12 JoseRodriguez: We visited our school library today…. We had a discussion about the whole purpose of reading.

21:42:29 JoseRodriguez: Can’t force me Mr…

21:42:54 JoseRodriguez: Reading logs … as in forced reading is NOT cool

21:43:42 JoseRodriguez: more recreational.. I shared what I was reading.

21:44:18 JoseRodriguez: Get into the flow.. like it.

21:44:38 Chris Sloan: How did the discussion about the purpose of reading go?

21:45:15 JoseRodriguez: well.. we came to a consensus.. As long as it is interesting .. then you don’t feel like it’s work.

21:45:24 PeggyG: tried to add a link and got kicked out!

21:45:31 Chris Sloan: that’s a good rationale

21:46:25 JoseRodriguez: We are able to explore.. learn… and pursue our own interests.

21:47:18 JoseRodriguez: And sharing out with others would be cool.. The kids are willing to blog about it.

21:48:46 JoseRodriguez: It is funny how kids come and ask me.. if books are ok to check out.

21:48:59 JoseRodriguez: they want to know if they are interesting to me.. πŸ™‚

21:49:49 JoseRodriguez: a lot of series.. childrens books.. I challenge them to get into a book.. and try to finish them and read some more.

21:50:49 PeggyG: good advice Jose-they can really get hooked if they find a series they love!

21:55:01 JoseRodriguez: We do a lot more reading that we think..

21:55:16 JoseRodriguez: Text.. and our interaction is all around us

21:55:29 JoseRodriguez: NOT all reading is a nove..

21:55:32 JoseRodriguez: novel

21:55:41 PeggyG: doesn’t it depend on goal/objective for the reading?

21:55:47 JoseRodriguez: yep…

21:56:10 JoseRodriguez: We all have to pass English class, might as well enjoy

21:56:42 PeggyG: if it’s all about the content in the story it doesn’t matter who is doing the reading

21:56:47 JoseRodriguez: story sounds familiar.. πŸ˜€

21:57:10 PeggyG: very!!!

21:57:31 PeggyG: love that comment!!!

21:57:41 JoseRodriguez: A whole lot… My students are into comics…

21:58:09 JoseRodriguez: My daudghter in 11th grade is into tumblr…

21:58:23 PeggyG: what a telling example!!!

21:58:38 PeggyG: lots of reading going on there

21:58:40 JoseRodriguez: just getting into twitter.. and now part of the new media journalism in her school

21:59:21 PeggyG: those were great questions!!

21:59:23 JoseRodriguez: Her class is in a competition to get attention of traditional school newspaper..

21:59:31 JoseRodriguez: as in.. replace

21:59:53 PeggyG: oral surveys or written surveys?

22:00:19 JoseRodriguez: very… cool. AP.. that is open? interesting.

22:01:28 JoseRodriguez: My daughter shared a poem with me today… she found it online.. Legal Alien..

22:01:32 PeggyG: the goal isn’t really reading books–the goal is reading to acquire specific reading/literacy skills

22:01:54 JoseRodriguez: from Pat Mora on Chicano.. Mexican American Identity

22:02:22 JoseRodriguez: and not necessarily on a test.

22:02:59 JoseRodriguez: Well.. there is a lot to say to shared experiences.

22:03:07 JoseRodriguez: And books can do this for us.

22:03:29 JoseRodriguez: Whole Western Culture is built on this premis.

22:03:51 JoseRodriguez: being instructed in the classics.. etc.

22:06:06 PeggyG: thesse are really great points!

22:06:16 JoseRodriguez: true.

22:07:06 PeggyG: Paul are the people in Hangout seeing Jose’s points in the chat? They are really good! πŸ™‚

22:08:04 Chris Sloan: Jose’s comments are great, but unfortunately, I can’t copy them into the chat

22:08:04 JoseRodriguez: *)

22:08:10 Paul Allison: Not really… we’ll have to work on that.

22:08:43 JoseRodriguez: no worries here.. just enjoying the experience..

22:09:12 PeggyG: definitely!!

22:09:39 PeggyG: they need to log into the ETT chat

22:10:14 JoseRodriguez: there is a separate… google hangout chat? or is it on livestream?

22:10:39 PeggyG: yes

22:10:52 PeggyG: but it all needs to be here

22:10:59 JoseRodriguez: ah.. was thinking google hougout was video only

22:11:05 JoseRodriguez: yep…

22:11:39 PeggyG: at least so they can see comments from people who aren’t in Hangout

22:12:12 JoseRodriguez: totally missed that last week.. I didn’t see a chat in the hangout. πŸ˜€

22:12:19 PeggyG: Jeff always keeps reminding people in CoolCast to post in ETT chat

22:12:30 JoseRodriguez: yep.. he’s the man

22:13:37 PeggyG: for sure!!!

22:15:58 PeggyG: that is such a vibrant, authentic learning environment for Monika

22:16:17 PeggyG: shared reading is great for everyone!

22:16:45 JoseRodriguez: Well cool hanging out! Take care all.

22:17:15 PeggyG: you too Jose!!!

22:17:33 PeggyG: good night all

22:17:50 Paul Allison: Thanks!

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