Answering Your Questions: How do I help students with the Signpost Anchor Questions?

As Bob and I looked through the Notice and Note Book Club page, we saw some questions that we thought we would answer via video.

This first question is from Jasmine Meade who wondered how she could better help her sixth graders who were doing a good job of noticing signposts but then were struggling some with the anchor questions.

We understand that struggle and in our short video here below, we offer what we hope will be a helpful solution. Embedding the video here might not have been smart as it seems to need a lot of buffering. So, you can also pop over to my Facebook page and see it there, easily.

PS: Cancer treatment still going well and I’m loving all the hats and scarves teachers from across the nation are sending. Many thanks. I feel  your support each and every day. #IveGotCancerAndImOk


2 thoughts on “Answering Your Questions: How do I help students with the Signpost Anchor Questions?

  1. Dear Kylene,

    I am a second grade public school teacher from Western Massachusetts. After reading your November 11th blog entry, I want to say, “I am praying for you.” I pray that you stay strong every single moment of every single day.
    I am sorry to be asking you for some help with something given what you are currently dealing with.
    I am in the process of gathering paperwork to submit to my district for a horizontal move on our teacher pay scale. We need to show proof of attending workshops by attaining certificates.
    I sat in Riverside Church for a Saturday Reunion at Columbia University on March 28, 2015 to hear your closing speech. I have the bright yellow letter that I was given that day with notes from your speech. You said several things that have stuck with me: “Stop buying chocolate (since 90% of our chocolate is harvested by children)”, “How are we making learning relevant to the students we teach?”, “The single most predictor of success is reading volume, Literacy = Power and Privilege”, “Learning to navigate your life by reading about ways that other people navigate theirs”, and finally, “By teaching literacy we are teaching compassion and empathy”.
    The Reading and Writing Project doesn’t give out certificates for this event since their is no registration. I need a certificate as proof of having attended for my six hours of attendance (from 9-3). This certificate will enable me to get credit for the time spent at Columbia that day.
    Is there any way that you can help me attain a certificate of attendance?
    Do you need me to call you and have a phone conversation?
    All my best,
    Susan Pelis

  2. Hey Kylene! You presented for my school district in August, and you showed a PowerPoint referencing an employer survey of desirable job skills. You showed the list and had us guess the top ones. Unfortunately, I didn’t right down the rankings you then shared. Can you please let me know the answers? Thinking about doing something similar with my students… The options were:
    English Language Skills Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension
    Oral Communications Writing skills (Editing) Written Communication
    Mathematics Teamwork/Collaboration Government/Econ.
    Science Diversity Information Technology
    Arts Leadership Foreign Languages
    Creativity History/Geography Ethics/Social Responsibility
    Professionalism/Work Ethic Lifelong learning/Independence

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