This is two post topic that we are excited to be writing about and sharing with you. It has been a great experience for us to collaborate together as a husband and wife team on a topic we are both passionate about.
This week is Part 1: Purposeful Instruction: Creating Conditions for Biggest Impact On Growing Readers
Next week is Part 2: The Pieces and Parts: Thoughtful, Effective, and Efficient Planning
Part 1: The Big Picture
I (Carrie) love puzzles. I’m not sure why, but I do.
What are the steps to choosing and solving a puzzle?
Most people choose a puzzle by looking at the picture on the cover, something that appeals to them. They then have that cover, or top of the box, readily accessible to refer to as they attempt to put all the pieces together. Many people also have a method, or system, to solving a puzzle. Edges first is a common plan. Grouping alike pieces is yet another strategy. Then as you carefully study each piece, its cut, uniqueness, and color, you find another piece that it slips into it perfectly. What a sense of accomplishment each and every time the pieces come together. Slowly but surely, the picture you have been referring to takes shape, each piece an important part of the whole. As you finish those last couple of pieces, you relish in the feeling of completeness, often reflecting on your struggles and steps along the way. I often find myself wanting to glue it all together just to save it (although I have yet to do that). (more…)