As an ELA teacher, it is hard to make students understand this is not Vegas; what happens here doesn't stay here. To facilitate that notion, after I introduce close reading and annotations, I request that faculty members in other content areas accept annotated texts from my students and build on that. The teachers are receptive to the idea and initial that the student has shown them his/her annotated text. The students learn that close reading and annotation are valuable comprehension tools to be used everywhere - not just in English class. Small cooperative strategies like this are helping our building to solidify the otherwise episodic learning that normally occurs in high schools and build a true community of learners..
Idea No. 107