Teaching close reading is a painstakingly difficult task. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes creativity. There is no doubt that once students understand the nuances of HOW to conduct a close reading, that their comprehension skills and ability to think thoughtfully AND critically will get better. The problem is how to get them to this point. Continue reading “Teaching Close Reading? Genius.it!”
If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, you know that it’s quite the experience. For a child (or adult in my case) there is so much to take in that you get lost in the essence that is Disney. That which was only possible in movies has been recreated right in the front of your eyes. And if you blink, you’ll miss it. Literally…”How” and “why” Disney does this is two-fold. Disney incorporates hidden “easter eggs” within their parks to create layers of detail aimed at enhancing the overall experience for its guests. And it doesn’t stop there. Disney parks and movies are littered with these “easter eggs”. From sights and sounds to hidden park secrets, to the elusive Mickeys, Disney took one experience and made it truly interactive. Consider the featured image above from the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons. Take a moment to scroll up and view the image and see if you can find the hidden easter eggs, then come back down.