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Many more breakout sessions will be presented on Friday. You will have multiple choices in each time slot.
Revision: How to Teach It, Learn It, Love It! 2.0
“They love to write, but how do I get them to love revision?”
Revision is an ongoing, creative process, not simply the act of correcting a rough draft. Yet, many students groan or go limp at the prospect for revising their work. This idea-packed presentation, based on Barry Lane’s 2 books, After THE END and Revisers Toolbox, will send you back to the classroom with practical techniques and exercises to show students how to love revision as much as professional writers do. Based on the 2nd edition of After THE END (Heinemann 2016)
“Whatever Happened to the Art of Teaching Reading?”
Recent policy and initiatives to improve reading instruction have focused on the teaching of reading as a science. While not disputing that teaching reading is indeed a science, Dr. Rasinski will make the argument that teaching reading is also an art — teachers are artists as well as scientists. Rasinski will demonstrate how all the important scientific competencies related to effective reading instruction can be taught in artful, authentic, and engaging ways.
Read Talk Write: How to Guide Students to Think About and Analyze Fiction and Nonfiction
In this active learning workshop Laura Robb will discuss the five kinds of literary conversations and the importance of students writing about texts they are reading. She’ll also share the compelling research that points out that when students write about texts they read, they can improve their reading scores by 24 percentile points. Teachers will use fiction and nonfiction to experience student-led discussions and come to understand the learning situations each one benefits. In addition, Robb will present lessons on inferring, provide a three step guide for identifying themes, as well as a conference form that asks the teacher to prepare for and focus each conference. Participants will write about reading and see that responses are informal, allowing students to test their hunches and find their way into texts.
Mirrors Matter: How Tapping into Children’s Experience Can Make Language and Literacy Soar (Part I)
Join us for this interactive presentation to learn more about the critical role that culturally relevant children’s literature can play in supporting language development and early literacy.
The We Need Diverse Books movement has been critical in drawing attention to the need for “mirrors” and “windows” in our nation’s child care programs and classrooms – mirror books that reflect children’s lives and experiences, and window books that offer views of the broader world. Much of this discussion focuses on the potential for “mirrors” to help children feel included and connected in their classrooms, but this is only half the story. New research shows that having opportunities to draw on their background knowledge and experiences is a critical factor increasing young learners’ motivation, engagement, language productivity, and depth of comprehension.
What Every Educator Needs to Know About Best Literacy Practices
This session includes background in the science of reading, the importance of decodable text and the use of mediation skills to help all students access grade level complex text. Participants will create a “staircase of complexity” and will learn and practice skills that will help even the most struggling readers to access complex text. There will be free Superkids books for teachers.
National Park Adventures and Realistic Fiction
The author will present a combination of national park drama and storytelling, national park background information from key parks, and realistic fiction writing tips and techniques.
15 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom
In this fast-paced session you’ll see 15 favorite technology tools for the reading classroom in action. These tools are perfect for K-12 teachers and totally customizable for your learning goals. Join Monica Burns as she shares her favorites tools for Chromebooks, iPads and any device you have.
#FormativeTech: Using Technology Tools to Check for Understanding
Technology tools can help teachers check for understanding in an efficient and timely manner. Learn how you can embed formative assessment tools in your instruction and quickly analyze data. This hands-on session is perfect for teachers with any device who want to understand how to use technology during their reading instruction.