January: Ends and Beginnings
In January, we saw the end of one decade and the beginning of another. Likewise, Reading and Writing COP activity marked both an end and a beginning!
- First, we bid goodbye to moderator Jeri Gue who promises to continue to be an active member. Jeri, thank you again for your leadership during your tenure!
- Next, we said hello to me (Steve Schmidt) as the new moderator. I so appreciate everyone's warm wishes over the past few weeks!
Steve Schmidt's Introduction
I introduced myself in two posts.
- The first post described how I learned to read and opened a discussion about how our students' histories in leaning to read present challenges in our adult education classrooms. A significant comment on the thread from Stephen Coleman described the "dismal" record the United States has in teaching reading despite researchers having shown us the best evidence based practices.
- The second post centered on how I taught reading before I learned to teach using evidence based practices and asked members to comment on their reading teaching practices.
- At month's end, community member and former moderator Leecy Wise opened a promising discussion on flexible English rules asking members to contribute resources for teaching grammar.
Now that I know my way around the COP better, I look forward to more engaging discussions during a longer than usual (29 day) February!
Pun of the Post
What’s the difference between a poorly dressed person on a unicycle and a well-dressed person on a bicycle? Attire.
Thanks for being such an essential part of this community!
Moderator, LINCS Reading and Writing COP