As we — Bob Probst and I — get ready for tonight’s chat (Thursday, Jan 31, 8 EST), we thought we’d take some space we have here but wouldn’t have on Twitter, to talk a little about our goals for tonight.
We’re excited to have a conversation tonight about close reading, about the role of fiction in a time when many encourage more and more NF, about what it means to foster engagement, and what rigor in a classroom is all about. These are all things the two of us thought a lot about as we wrote our new book, Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading.
Now we want to hear from you about those topics. And, we’re happy to answer questions you might have about any of the new strategies we present in the book.
If you’re new to Twitter chats (as is Bob. I’ve been explaining today — see the photo — that he really doesn’t need his microphone), then give this new way to be a part of a national conversation a try. Go to Tweetchat.com and in the search box at the top of the page, enter noticeandnote. Normally you’d need to enter the hashtag (#) first, but at this site, it’s already there for you. If you don’t have a Twitter account, this will still let you read what others are saying. If you want to join in (and we hope you do!) then you’ll need to sign in at Tweetchat.com with your account to participate. And you can of course join in from your own Twitter page, just be sure and use the hashtag (#) before the name of the chat: #noticeandnote. Everything will begin promptly at 8 pm EST.
So, thanks to Vicki Boyd at Heinemann for moderating tonight. And more importantly, thanks to you, for thinking carefully about how we help all our students become close readers and then sharing your thoughts with us this evening.