The ELA 6-12 Curriculum Coordinators challenge you to meet three goals this year. If you agree to take the challenge—sign your pledge at http://tinyurl.com/elachallenge2016.
1. Increase Student Movement in Your Classroom Each day more research confirms the link between movement and learning. Brain researcher David Sousa claims that physical activity increases the amount of oxygen in our blood, and this oxygen is related to enhanced learning and memory. Donna Wilson’s Edutopia post described how movement increases oxygen flow to the brain (which enhances learning), as well as altering neurotransmitters and the structure of the brain.
2. Use the Reading/Writing Workshop Model to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms Workshop Models allow students to be supported as they master the Standards through mini-lessons and process tasks to create finished products.
3. Join a Professional Education Group and/or Subscribe to Their Journals Here are some state and national organizations worth joining this school year: NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education), OCTELA (Ohio Council for Teachers of English Language Arts), IRA (International Reading Association), ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and PDK (Phi Delta Kappa).