Reading and Writing Journey

I will be posting my thoughts on different texts that I will be reading. The destination is not as important as the journey.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Book-New Adventure in the Brain

New Book Adventure

I started reading Reading and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene.  I am looking forward to digging deeper with this one.  Today I read the first fifteen pages and will read way more over the weekend.  What struck me most is how the the brain picks up many words per second and millisecond.  We see letters and works to the right of what we are focusing on.  The further we go out from the perifery, the less we see.  It is cool how we see so much when we focus on on word or so and then we see more.  It's like our mind is reading ahead.  I guess that makes sense with what Frank Smith had said in his book.  We are always predicting as readers and bringing in the fact that we see so much more when we focus on words and more to the right, was very interesting.  I forgot the word but it was like stuccos or something.  (I will revise this tomorrow.)  Those are the little movements our eyes make as we take in the words to the retina to the foval or some word.  I will check on that and report more tomorrow.  After reading Frank Smith, I can't wait to get into this book and the next book on Reading and the brain.  This is so stimulating and fun!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Xtranormal Inspired Work Plus Stupeflix Work

I wanted to add some more technology to the mix and show you what I have been working on with Michelle.  We are creating a Google Site called Summer Digital Reading Project.  It is an off shoot of the Elementary Reading Project.  I will create a Snag it and show it to you this week sometime.  I am pondering whether I should invest into Camstasia. It's a bit pricey but after watching some of the tutorial videos on Youtube, I am thinking that this might be just the next challenging and ultra fantastic project to make more videos using different multimedia techniques.  For now I wanted to show you my videos that I have been producing.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Abydos TORS Reading Training Day Three Pics

Here are some pics of the Abydos TOR Training Day Three.  I will send my reflection of the day soon.  I wanted to get the pics out now.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Pic Collage Photo for My Portfolio

What else?

I am going to leave this open for tomorrow and the following days.  I will be reading more and debriefing more with my friends and colleagues.

Michelle and Maureen Ponder Purves, Rodgers and Soter-They are the X Factor

Michelle and I co-constructed meaning together by reading and discussing Purves in How Porcupines Make Love III. We tried to come up with a way to show the impact they had on our thinking.  We created a little video.  We wanted to explain what we learned and then put it into practice.  You will see us use the digital in creating video to recreate the scene in Crystal Allen's book  How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-sized Trophy.  We then attempted to tableaux.  To tableaux or not to tableaux.  That's easy.  Let's get busy!  Enjoy.  I have the link to my Youtube channel.  Click on it and let the viewing begin.
Michelle and Maureen Pondering

Here are the tableaux pics:

Lamar starting a dangerous monetary relationship with Billy.  I am a tall Lamar and Michelle is a bad, bad Billy!

Lamar and Billy celebrate with a high five!

Lamar you better think before you act.  Write the essay!

Billy realizing he has Lamar in his back pocket.  Lamar thinking about his choices and justifying his bad choices to himself.  Put the money on the counter!