Literacy in the Sky (with diamonds??)


Well, no, it wasn’t the Beatles’ song, or anything close to it, except for the fact that this title sort of sounds like ” Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds“.

And one could certainly make the argument that there appeared to be a couple of those in the sky alongside the beautiful phrase “SHORT FLIGHT LONG ISLAND“.

This photo was taken today over Myrtle Beach as the Blue Angels flew over as part of their “Wings Over Myrtle Beach” Air Show.

That poetic phrase rings quite true, as Myrtle Beach became a man-made island in the year 1936 after the completion of the Intracoastal Waterway.  So Myrtle Beach is technically an island.

And the “diamonds” are represented by the huge ball (sun) and another small one (unknown).  So you go, Lucy.

Checking up on HOW we read (because it matters that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text whether fiction or nonfiction)

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Kylene Beers and Bob Probst have written many a gifted text for those of us seeking answers to questions we as educators carry around with us in angst, day after day, about how to solve inadequacies we see in student comprehension, in bridging gaps in reading achievement and so on.  But this one is a particularly noteworthy one, as it “busts through all the bull” that students face as they approach upper elementary into middle school years and run straight into fake news; Beers and Probst provide strategies to help students find their voice in social justice and all else they read while feeling their way through, to help themselves understand why how they read is so important. Students begin to approach text as critical thinkers:  thinking — in which the student improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinkers self-direct, self-discipline, self-monitor, and self-correct thinking.

Whoa.  For students to get to that point through strategies learned, that really is disrupting thinking…theirs and ours.