One more thing I pulled from this week’s reading: the idea of synthesis as a way to demonstrate understanding of multiple texts (as described in the Zawalinski article). We often expect kids to summarize and synthesize without actually teaching them how to do it. Those are tough skills to teach. But the graphic organizer (figure 3 on page 658, Starting to Synthesize–Synthesis Scaffold) in that article looks fantastic! It breaks down the skill of synthesizing into all the smaller steps, using clear, student-friendly language. These are the kinds of tools I love. Again, I need to think about how exactly to apply this with my students…which means I have to step back and think about how to integrate blogs meaningfully in my work with kids. But I’ll get there. Hello higher order thinking!