In August I spent time visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown, Virginia. At Williamsburg, actors are employed to mingle among the visitors and take up discussing issues of the Revolutionary War time period. School age children can rent colonial costumes for the day to feel that they are part of the action. I took pictures of a group of middle school girls who had hiked up their rented dresses to stomp in the clay pits to make bricks and then wash off their feet (it was hot). I have told friends that it felt like Jeff Wilhelm's book Action Strategies being alive! I now keep thinking about ways to make students' comprehension of text deeper and more motivating to them. I'm wondering what experiences or reading have renewed you for this fall.
Or, you may want to post another question or comment that you have. The blog in the LCC site is meant to be a free-flowing conversation about literacy and literacy coaching. The topics of the forums are more focused. If you also check out the forums, you will see that Sharon Frost is now hosting a new one about how coaches gain entry to classrooms at the beginning of the school year. This is one of the first problems that coaches face in the opening of every year. It may be another place that you would like to post a response.
To post in the blog or forums, you just have to register for the site. This will take you all of about 30 seconds! You just enter your e-mail address and creat a password. Please note, too, that this DOES NOT mean that messages will start to spill into your e-mail account. To participate in the LCC, you always elect yourself to go to the site!
I hope that all of you are off to starting a great year and that you will the find the Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse a great resource and support to your efforts!