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  • Hello Marina,

    I am thankful for your thoughtful feedback to my lesson planning because it spoke it helped revealed a lot, I was not aware of had it not been from another perspective than my own. To build off your your comment on the world moving at a fast pace with events evolving quickly, which I am sure is a concern with many and students…Read More

  • Dear Regina,

    I enjoyed reading your post Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind because of the intention to using multimodal literacy tools to serve the diverse learning styles of students in multicultural classrooms. For instance, you propose using Scratch to create and share stories which allows students to engage the different…Read More

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    Dear Marlen,

    I enjoyed reading your post Letter to the Colleagues because of the proposed idea to have restorative justice circles to “to speak their minds and hear out, share personal and academic stories, and give feedback and comment to each other”. This method of self-reflection I believe can be utilized Monday and Friday to gather fee…Read More

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    If you wish to know what justice is, let injustice pursue you.

    Dear Colleague: Recently, I participated in a professional learning experience with LUTE Stem at Lehman College. I learned a lot about Costa and Kallick’s Habits of Mind, Pat Carini’s Descriptive Review of a Child protocol, and multimodal composition. I had some...

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    • Dear Rafael:
      
      I am intrigued by your lesson proposal, “If You Wish to Know What Justice Is, Let Injustice Pursue You,” because you developed an idea that would allow for learners to be metacognitive while discovering other skills connected to technology, speaking, and listening. Your ideas show a commitment to the individual’s life experience, and this is significant when nurturing a classroom community.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Applying past knowledge to new situations is one vital Habits of Mind and I feel like it is a fundamental backbone to building upon prior knowledge from our multicultural students.” I think this is true as well, because throughout life, experience offers humans a vast wealth of knowledge. By dedicating time to reflecting and identifying the elements that can support us in future endeavors, we can work towards overcoming challenges and become stronger in assessing solutions based on what we already know. I think it is important that we highlight our learners’ lives and offer them opportunities to use their prior knowledge to make new connections. It’s wonderful that your students will be able to learn about this.

      Another sentence that I agreed with was: “Transferring knowledge according to new material conditions resonates with this Habit of Mind because students need help on how to think dialectically to understand a world in constant motion.” This stood out for me because it does always seem like the world is moving at a fast pace and things are evolving so quickly. However, an activity like yours invites students to slow down and pause and to discover the ways that they can connect and transfer learning (academic and life) from one setting to another.

      Have you seen this strategy, Hexagonal Thinking: A Tool for Colorful Discussion?  I thought you might be interested in this because of the strategy’s capacity to make connections between ideas and build conversation. Your lesson reminded me of this strategy because the habit of applying past knowledge to new situations is all about making connections to build deeper understanding. I have enjoyed using this strategy with my students because it is open-ended and leads to deeper, more critical thinking.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is evident that you are committed to helping students understand themselves and the world. It is inspirational.

      Marina

      • Hello Marina,

        I am thankful for your thoughtful feedback to my lesson planning because it spoke it helped revealed a lot, I was not aware of had it not been from another perspective than my own. To build off your your comment on the world moving at a fast pace with events evolving quickly, which I am sure is a concern with many and students when studying history and social events. I believe applying 3 or more literacy modalities in social studies activities encourages students to connect and transfer learning and promotes student engagement with the content.

        The strategy you recommended, Hexagonal Thinking: A Tool for Colorful Discussion, really caught my interest the main reason because how much it works with Applying past knowledge to new situations. Not only can it cross disciplines, encourage and develop group work dynamic, bridge relevant world connections meaningful and relevant to student lives, but it produces diverse student generated connections. Another area I see this benefit students is the building and strengthening of vocabulary used in students’ explanation of key ideas/hexagon.  

        Thank you again Marina. Please feel free to recommend more strategies related to developing student capacity to make connections between ideas and building conversations.
        
        Rafael

  • Dear Alexis,
     
    I enjoyed reading your post Description of a Child because it brings up issues black male
    students confront in public schools in the u.s. and the difficulties of child
    rearing for parents operating under a racist country. One sentence you wrote
    that stood out for me suggests Javonne becoming bored and disengaged in
    activities…Read More

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