A Loud Mindset for Nonfiction
Ways to make your nonfiction learning LOUD:
- In Heidi Mill’s book Learning For Real, she describes the essential practice of bringing the outdoors inside. In one example, students began a science-related study by looking out the classroom window, daily. They became so enamored with birds and their nesting that it became an obvious area to gather nonfiction texts and actual nests to study!
- We all love to talk about what we read and with nonfiction even more so. Plan for opportunities for students to talk every day. During a nonfiction study, in particular, don’t just save talk for the end of class. Perhaps build a “talk spot” where partners can elect to go to talk, question, or show off the cool facts that they are always dying to talk about anyway.
- Sources do not just need to be texts, they can be people, too. In their upcoming book, Amplify, Kristin Ziemke (who is leading Virtual Think Tanks as well!) and Katie Muhtaris describe using class twitter accounts to reach out to nonfiction authors, scientists, and others to ask questions and learn more. Seymour Simon, for example, is a terrific twitter fried to classrooms.
In my Beginning Level Teacher cohort, this school year, we’ll study together some of the challenges of teaching nonfiction reading and then work together to overcome them. If you’d like to learn more, please visit our Virtual Think Tanks page.
Here’s to loud nonfiction this year!
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