Presenting the Podcast, Pondering the Past and Looking to the Future

This past week The Big Fresh Newsletter, a free resource for teachers from Choice Literacy, posted a podcast discussion that we (Kristi and Marjorie) had about charts with Franki Sibberson (amazing author, librarian, and lead contributer at Choice Literacy) http://www.choiceliteracy.com/articles-detail-view.php?id=1847  .  Obviously charts are one of our favorite things to talk about, but as we talked we realized that many of the things we discussed have examples that can be found in previous posts on Chartchums. So, first listen to the podcast (if you want a bit of fun you can tally how often Kristi says, “you know?” and Marjorie says “right?”). Then you can come back to this page and see some examples of the charts, tools, and technology that we talk about with Franki.

Charts and Technology:

Technologically Speaking  https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/technologically-speaking/

Here! Hear! https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/here-hear/

This grouping of photos reminds a child that when he is writing he should: plan, use a 2 finger space, and reread with a partner.

This grouping of photos reminds a child that when he is writing he should: plan, use a 2 finger space, and reread with a partner.

Table Charts:

Keeping Charts Close  https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/keeping-charts-close/

Keeping Charts Close: Part II  https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/keeping-charts-close-part-2/

This handmade table tent is light weight and portable, making it easy to place where needed.

This handmade table tent is light weight and portable, making it easy to place where needed.

Intentional Charting:

Planning with charts: What came first, the chart or the teaching? https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/planning-with-charts-what-came-first-the-chart-or-the-teaching/

Stamina, Seminars, and Making Teaching Stick:

A New Year, A New Start  https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/a-new-year-a-new-start/

Favorite Tools of the Trade:

Tools of the [Chart] Trade  https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/tools-of-the-chart-trade/

Shopping the Specials  https://chartchums.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/shopping-the-specials/

A chart for teachers on choosing markers.

A chart for teachers on choosing markers.

While we have shared many charting ideas and experiences with you, charting is as ever changing as our teaching because we work with children who continually challenge and inspire us to take what we know to new and higher levels.  Our next post will be dedicated to answering your questions, so send us the challenges, the concerns, the ongoing questions you have about making and using charts in your classroom – no matter the subject – and we will think together with you in our ongoing search for finding answers to how best we can support our students needs and our instructional goals both.  We look forward to hearing from all of you!

Happy Charting!

Marjorie & Kristi

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4 Comments on “Presenting the Podcast, Pondering the Past and Looking to the Future”

  1. franmcveigh says:

    Thanks for this timely review! These visuals of your charts are so great!

  2. I am interested in having my students participate more in the chart making. Right now they do a lot of suggesting in terms of content, illustrations, etc. But I think having their handwriting will make it more authentic and engaging. Suggestions/advice?

    Thanks for all that you both do. You give me something new to think about every time you post.

  3. Marjorie says:

    One idea is to create the chart through interactive writing where kids share the pen with you. This works well when you want the kids’ hands to show, but also want the conventions correct. You can also ask kids to make drawings to add to the chart or include copies of their work.


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