Welcome to the World of Periscope! PD in your PJ's, Yes Please!

Have your heard about the new (actually 1 year old, but in the world of social media, 1 year is still pretty new) and totally hot app called Periscope? Do you know what it is? Do you know what it can do? Well, personally, it is totally revolutionizing how teachers are sharing best practices. I actually feel like to Periscoping is the new blogging.  Don't get me wrong, I will not stop blogging, but if you like reading my blog, then you will love listening to my Periscopes, and the "scopes" of other teacher bloggers.  

What is Periscope?
Periscope is a live streaming video, so that means when I broadcast, it's live, in real time, it's unscripted, and very much like a conversation. Instead of reading juicy reading tips and strategies on my blog, you get to listen to me talk about reading tips and strategies to you, from my home. You get to hear it straight from me...straight from my mouth, goofy facials expressions, my sarcasm and all!

Since Periscope is a live broadcast, it's available for 24 hours on the Periscope app. After that, most scopers archive old scopes over at another website called Katch. Since October of 2015, I have made over 30 literacy Periscopes...it's like PD in your PJ's! How cool is that?  To watch me live, download the Periscope app and create an account using your Twitter account (if you don't have a Twitter account, create one first...and I'm write another blog post about all the wonderful professional reasons teachers should be using Twitter, too) and search for me at @hellojenjones. That's my handle on Periscope, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Then, when I go live, your phone will send you an instant notification that I am broadcasting live, and if you able (like, not driving) you can watch. When you catch a Periscope live, you also have to option to write comments and be a part of the broadcast, which is pretty cool! Teachers on Periscope is actually a pretty sweet community of loving, supportive teachers just trying to learn from one another and spread positivity around the world. For real.

Here's a scope I did about the teaching the reading comprehension strategy of Making Connections. This is a great example of a Periscope. Please note that Periscopes are not meant to be perfect, polished and scripted presentations. They aren't. They are conversational, real, raw and unpolished, which is kind of the beauty of Periscope.

Below is a Periscope by Kami Butterfield, her handle on Periscope and Instagram handle is @teachingwithappitude. She is a 3rd grade teacher in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in a 1:1 iPad classroom. She is an iPad guru, y'all, and so are her students. She shares amazing tips, strategies for iPad management, apps for creation (not consumption) and incredible examples of student projects made with iPads. She did a Periscope last night, where she showed how she used my ELA Common Core Graphic Organizers with the app, PicCollage, and everything is paperless...nothing to run off, photocopy, no ink, etc. It's beautiful. This scope is also helpful for any paper products you buy on Teachers Pay Teachers, because the app works for any pdf product, not just mine.

In the spirit of this blog post, and Kami being so sweet to feature my product in her scope, I have set these products to 50% through the weekend, but on Monday, they will be back to full-price.  This is an incredible offer, because these are some of my best sellers that sell at full price without a problem. Each set of ELA graphic organizers is over 300 pages each.

The above two K-2 products are sold as a bundle by clicking on picture above.
Products are sold separately, too. Links in the product description. 

3-6 Bundle Sold by clicking on the picture above. 

Great! So now, see how Kami uses these packs with iPads only!!

There are so many other great teacher scopers and non-teacher scopers to follow. Here are my recommendations:

The last two Periscope accounts are not teachers, but they are interesting and entertaining. +Euro Maestro  is an American traveling and periscoping his way across Paris. And +Chalene Johnson is a fitness author and instructor and a social media whiz. I enjoy listening to them both.

In addition, I wrote an article for the International Literacy Association last week all about how teachers, schools and districts are turning to the iTeachTVNetwork for high quality, free professional development. Here's the link to my article featured in the App a Day column.

Watch all my past periscopes at www.katch.me/hellojenjones! Come join me or better yet, make a scope of your own!

Ron Clark Academy Take-Aways

We went, we learned, we laughed, we wrote, we danced, we sang, we ate, we jumped, we slid, we conversed, we, tweeted, we instagrammed, we rallied, we smiled, we loved, we lived, we shopped, we dined, we valeted, we slept, we played, we caffeinated, we periscoped, we hugged, we cried and then we came home and blogged about it! 

There were so many amazing highlights from our trip to Atlanta to visit the Ron Clark Academy, it's nearly impossible to try and capture them all. But, I'm going to try...in pictures. For our two day visit on October 15-16, 2015, there were 125 students, 22 RCA staff and 411 teacher visitors.


And, greeted in front of the school each morning by Mr. Ron Clark himself, who is a master group selfie taker! #themanofmanyfaces


Yep. Life-changing. Teacher-changing. 
If you have a will to go, find a way....

and GO!

All Educator Trainings are HERE

R.I.P. Round Robin: 19 Reasons Why It Is Not a Best Practice

First of all, welcome back to another brand new school year! You are feeling rejuvenated and refreshed and ready to make a difference in the lives of the 24 or so young people in your classroom? Summer was great. You read some books and blog posts or maybe even attended a conference.  Hopefully by today, everyone is back in school starting a brand new school year, so I hope you make it your greatest year yet with high levels of thinking and speaking and that your students exceed maximum growth in all areas.  With that said, let me go back to summer, and something that happened on my summer journeys that inspired this post.

 I had the wonderful opportunity to present at the national iTeach1st Conference in Las Vegas this summer (and the TpT Conference), and after my I Heart Guided Reading workshop, several teachers came up to me and said, "So we're not supposed to be doing Round Robin Reading anymore?" N.O. No more Round Robin Reading.  I feel like the word is out on this (and has been for quite some time) but not every teacher has received the memo....OR...they received the memo and are still doing it anyway.  There is no research to support that students become better readers by Round Robin Reading...not to mention the No.1 reason that Round Robin Reading is NOT a Best Practice...it doesn't help in the "getting kids to love reading" department of teaching!  So, without further delay...my top 19 Reasons Why Round Robin Reading (and other turn-taking Reading) is NOT a Best Practice in reading instruction. As if the first 5 reasons aren't enough...there's a full 19 reasons just for good explicit measure!

Download it free HERE.

There are several bottom lines on why Round Robin Reading does not help readers become better readers. The number one reason seems so obvious. Children hold onto meaning when they read the WHOLE story themselves. If children do not read the whole story themselves, and read it only in a Round Robin format, and let's say they have three turns and the story is 16 pages long, then that means they are only reading page 1, 8 and 16 (hypothetically). That's like the first 16th of a movie, the 8/16th of the movie and the last 16th of a movie...are you really going to comprehend the movie by only watching a fraction of it at the beginning, middle and end of the movie?  

The next bottom line and second main reason to NOT do Round Robin Reading is the emotional agitation, aggravation, and anxiety it causes both high readers and low readers. Low readers are self-conscious enough as it is that their reading is labored and slow, so the last thing they want is a public performance spotlighting their reading challenges and imperfections.  On the same but different note, it is painful for high readers to listen to low readers struggle through text and have to listen to the labored, incorrect, slow oral reading.  This is why peer Round Robin readers just TELL struggling readers the words at tricky spots, because THEY CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.  So listen, let's not put high or low readers through this emotional turmoil for no reason or research base behind doing so.

And here's the third most important bottom line...Round Robin Reading (and other turn-taking reading) does NOT help kids LOVE reading!

Reading Engagement Photo Credit: Hope King at Elementary Shenanigans

In a survey, teachers said they used Round Robin for a few different reasons:

1. " because kids said they liked it..."
My response: Kids may know what they like but they don't always know what's best for them or other students. Reading less is less work, kids are experts and figuring out ways to do less work. Let's not give in to this.
Non Round Robin Reading Solution:
 Partner Reading. 
When kids do Partner Reading, they get to read out loud, listen to each other read, and read the whole text. Each partner is responsible for the comprehension of the whole text.

2: "to help my students' reading stamina..."
My response: Kids do not improve their reading stamina by reading only parts of a text, and by doing start/stop reading.
Non Round Robin Reading Solution:
Reading Stamina Graph. 
Kids will only increase their stamina if they A)know what reading stamina is; B)have strategies and a plan (goals) to increase it; and C)have a way to progress monitor themselves to see if they are improving at what they said they wanted to improve. Have students keep a Reading Stamina Graph and record their daily stamina minutes by shading up to the number of minutes read without interruptions or leaving their just right spot.

3. "to help my students' increase their fluency & comprehension..."
My response: In order to increase your fluency and comprehension, you have to read the whole anything of anything to comprehend it, and you have read the whole enchilada more than once or twice.  Ever listen to the tail end of a conversation? See the middle part only of a movie? Or, listen to half of a voice message?  Comprehension does not occur without ALL the information, and sometimes we have to listen or watch it twice...that's what good listeners do!
Non Round Robin Reading Solution:
Close Reading
All students read the text, on their own, at their own pace, individually. If the text is hard or intellectually challenging, but short, they should do it at your guided reading table. Each student has their own copy of the text. Each student annotates on their own paper.  The teacher asks questions of the students and a discussion about the text ensues. Repeat: A collaborative discussion ensues. The discussion covers the three main strands of the reading standards over a three day period, at least, where the first day discussion is about Standards 1-3 - Key Ideas and Details, translation, WHAT THE TEXT SAYS.
 Day 2 discussion is about Standards 4-6 - Author's Craft and Structure - translation - HOW THE AUTHOR IS SAYING IT.
And the Day 3 discussion is about Standards 7-9 - translation -
  This technique is known as Close Reading.
Non Round Robin Reading Solution:
Guided Reading
 If the text is not hard, or at the group's instructional level, but students read the text, on their own, individually at their own pace and you listen in to one reader at a time, while you listen to the rest of the students out of the corner of your ear, this technique is called Guided Reading.
Non Round Robin Reading Solution:
Independent Reading
If the student can read the text at a better accuracy rate than 95%, like 96-100%, then this would be considered an independent level for that student.  For example, students in a guided reading level F, would have at least 8-10 books in their independent reading basket at level E, or D and E.  With this, the student is doing several repeated readings of the same books, increasing their fluency and making very few errors on the text. The student can find a just-right spot and sit in a just-right position and read and reread the books in their independent book baskets to themselves, out loud, silently or into a whisper phone. Many students can co-read all around the room in this structure, while you read with students at guided reading.  This structure is otherwise known as Independent Reading, and there is very little chance for disruption and non-comprehension because students are feeling like successful readers in their independent reading level zone. See pictures below of students reading books at their independent reading level, in just-right spots, in just-right positions. Research also shows that students are motivated to read books higher than their independent reading level because it's a book they are interested in, motivated to read, and have self-selected, then they are most apt to actually read it despite it being "above" their reading level.

Reading Rockets also shares 11 alternatives to Round Robin Reading.

And, a great article by to pretty much sums up why we need to put Round Robin Reading to rest, once and for all. 

Click here to download it. 
(The co-author of this article is a different Jennifer Jones, not me)
I wish everyone the best teaching year yet! 

17 New Hello Fonts Released Today

Download fonts at the links below....

(like in your classroom only, at home, for your Girl Scout troop, for a friend's baby shower, for the PTA letterhead, for your blog*, for your family Christmas letter, for your child's science fair project, stuff like that...)

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If you have any doubt or wondering about whether or not you think you need to purchase a commercial license (because it's not listed about, and there are many interpretations of "commercial" just gmail me at helloliteracy. 

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