Center for Teaching and Learning
Focused Inquiry Groups (FIGs) - BSI
Reading Apprenticeship: 2009-2010
The Reading Apprenticeship (RA) FIG completed its second year at Chabot College in 2009-10. The five original RA LIRA-trained FIG members remained in this year’s FIG, as did the additional four faculty who joined in Winter 2009. Two new faculty joined this year, bringing us to eleven members from disciplines across the curriculum. Four of our members attended the RA 2009 Summer Conference, and five attended the RA 2010 Winter Conference. In short, each member has received RA professional development training, and two of our original members, Cindy Hicks and Patricia Wu, provide RA professional development to community college faculty throughout the state.
This year the group discussions focused on:
Most of our discussions focused on the first two questions during August, September, and October 2009. Detailed minutes from these meetings are attached. The conversation shifted to the third question in November, and continued throughout the rest of the academic year. Most of our time was spent in sharing and discussing student work from our various courses. We looked at and/or discussed a variety of data, including:
We spent an entire meeting in Spring discussing the results of the Fall 2009 Learning Engagement Survey with Carolyn Arnold. We felt that many of the numbers did not really reflect what we were witnessing in our classrooms. In fact, some of the RA classroom student responses seemed to show lower engagement than in the general student population. So, we went through each question and eliminated some, and edited others. This was a very thoughtful discussion in that it encouraged us to name what we were seeing and how we thought this could best be captured in a statistical survey format.
Some of our members presented an RA introductory workshop session for the October 2009 Flex Day. Participants were introduced to the RA framework, and had the opportunity to practice RA metacognitive routines in small groups. The session was well attended and very well received. In October 2010 some of us will present an RA session at the “Strengthening Student Success” conference in Southern California.
This Spring we recruited heavily to form brand new RA FIGs for the next academic year. Cindy Hicks will facilitate on-campus RA professional development in Fall 2010, with other FIG members assisting. We expect between 12-20 participants. WestEd is hosting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) training this summer for approximately ten Chabot faculty, and a separate RA FIG will be formed from this group. Some of the 2009-10 FIG members have agreed to mentor these new groups and individual members as they begin to incorporate RA routines into their classrooms across campus.
Each member of our group has been trained in Reading Apprenticeship through the West-Ed Winter Conference in Reading Apprenticeship. Three new members of our group will attend the Summer LIRA in 09.
Integral to the success of our FIG is having a diverse faculty from across
the curriculum. As expert readers in their disciplines, Patricia, Wanda, Ming,
Jane, Kent, and Nick have particular insight into how a scientist, accountant,
mathematician, historian, or a second-language learner reads. Their expertise
makes them the best practitioner to apprentice students on reading and then
those students can apprentice other students. One of the intended goals of our
FIG is to share best practices between our disciplines to serve our shared
students. Our FIG allows for coordination across the disciplines to include
reading instruction that fits our classrooms’ particular learning objectives and
to move reading from the halls of English to the halls of every subject area.
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