Guided reading might seem like a simple strategy for growing good readers to great thinkers who can comprehend. But as Author Jill Eggleton reveals in her three-part series on balanced literacy, effective guided reading instruction requires a knowledge of the appropriate skills for each level, the importance of digging deeper into texts, and effective ways to keep students engaged.
In this webinar, Dr. Douglas Fisher focused on insights and findings from his latest book, Unstoppable Learning. In this research-driven professional development session. Learn how systems thinking can enhance teaching and learning schoolwide.
Are you struggling to get lasting literacy progress out of your K-5 students despite the fact that your classroom library or school bookroom is stuffed with leveled books? As powerful of an instructional approach as guided reading is, supporting the growing appetites of your aspiring Literacy Heroes requires more than just leveled books. It requires a delicious “balanced literacy” burger made up of multiple ingredients—or instructional approaches—that work together in a balanced way. In part 1 of this series, Jill shared new ways to think about balanced literacy.
Too many use the term “literacy” interchangeably with “reading,” but the reality is that literacy is more encompassing: it is reading, writing, and speaking. Ensuring all students have mastered these capacities is perhaps the greatest challenge facing schools today – and it touches all disciplines, from language arts to social studies to science. How can we overcome this challenge and ensure our students are mastering all aspects of literacy? The answer is simple, although not easy: the production of language. It’s time to get students talking!
Sociolinguistic variation is one of many forms of diversity in the writing classroom. How can educators draw on research into dialect variation and weave it into a reader’s or writer’s workshop? This webinar is presented by Dr. Julie Sweetland, a sociolinguist who has been actively involved in improving teaching and learning for over a decade. Learn about sound strategies and creative lessons designed by a linguist with classroom experience that proved to be highly effective.
John Hattie’s research – over 800 meta-studies on learning and achievement, involving more than 800 million students – has transformed education. In this webinar, Dr. Nancy Frey, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and co-author of the new book Visible Learning for Literacy, delved into how Hattie’s findings apply to literacy instruction and how educators can implement the practices that work best to accelerate student learning.
Explore how art and literacy are intrinsically linked and enrich each other. In this webinar, Cheri and Kristen read children’s artwork, decoded the drawings and paintings for meaning, and used the art as a springboard for many types of writing—descriptive, persuasive, expository, poetry, and narratives.
In April 2016, the Modern Language Association released the 8th edition of its Handbook for researchers. In this informative session, participants learned about the changes, and how MLA streamlined citation guidelines.
Authentic tasks can serve as both rich learning activities and assessments of understanding and transfer. In this webinar, Jay introduced some of the principles and best practices for creating and implementing ELA, science, and social studies performance tasks.
International test results in 31 countries showed females outperformed males in reading, and concluded that boys are “the new disadvantaged.” In this webinar, discover why “gross engrosses,” the importance of using humor with boys, and book titles boys will love to read.
After many years, Go Set A Watchman, the long-awaited companion to To Kill A Mockingbird, has made its debut – and it comes with as much excitement as it does questions. In this exclusive webinar, Jonathan Burnham, Senior VP/Publisher and Editor at Harper Books, presented background on the author, Harper Lee, and the importance of this book in schools and society. Mr. Burnham answered many of the most widely-discussed questions surrounding these two books.
The writing standards represent the “synthesis” level for College & Career Readiness. Short Constructed Response requirements set the stage for what is expected in the Writing and Performance Task assessments. In this session, Kevin Baird explored exemplar items for actual writing assessment prompts, and investigated instructional strategies to develop proficiency among students. Kevin also looked at the requirements for writing in mathematics.
In this session, Marianne explored fine motor and sensory aspects of development, which impact future efficient handwriting and compositional writing. Activities and techniques are ready to use in the classroom tomorrow! This is a “must see” session containing critical, inspiring information for administrators, teachers, caregivers, and parents … Write Out of the Box!
Are you tired of hearing, “How many sentences or paragraphs must we write?” Do you want to spark your students’ passion for writing? Are you looking for new ways to engage and inspire your students’ writing? Gayle explored one way to ignite your students’ passion for writing through digital storytelling.
Interested in the many ways that digital images can be used to build critical thinking skills and student collaboration? Wondering how digital images can deepen and strengthen the learning going on in the classroom or library? In this webinar, Sara Torpey shared simple, practical strategies for incorporating digital images into everyday teaching!
With or without the Common Core, there is a renewed focus on inquiry in K-12 education. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in research skills, but they seldom have a clear understanding of how to grow their learning – how to shift from superficial, fact-finding overviews, to deep, targeted, and detailed evidence collection.
Writing, and associated Speaking and Presentation, is the method by which we show our thinking. How do we plan for and execute instruction at the deepest levels of cognition (DOK 3 and 4) using writing and speaking to synthesize learning and assess student performance?
With the release of the “Common Core” standards, the phrase “Close Reading” became a buzz overnight. In many classrooms, the idea of “Close Reading” resulted in kids failing at tortuous lesson, and teachers drowning in pre-planning with very little student results. In this session, presenter Kevin Baird discussed highest impact strategies for implementing College & Career Ready standards by looking again at the concept of Precision and Precision Reading.
It’s the number one priority for our classrooms as we get back to school. How do we plan our lessons, and integrate resources, to support deeper vocabulary investigation and greater collaboration and conversation?
Writing has been reinvented, but most schools can’t get past the paper. Notecards, filing cabinets, notebooks, journals and more have new electronic equivalents. In this webinar, Vicki Davis, a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director at Westwood Schools in Georgia, presented the nine ways writing has been reinvented in schools along with the specific objectives we should teach with them.
You don’t have to do it on your own! In this session, presenter Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness, provided educators with specific strategies to engage students in selecting their own stretch texts from electronic titles, as well as pragmatic tools and priority steps to evaluating your own resources and lessons.
Empower students to publish one-of-a-kind books using photos, text, drawings and audio with Shutterfly’s Photo Story for iPad App. This free app is ideal for Project Based Learning and enriching your classroom literacy program, while enabling students to achieve many of the College and Career Readiness Standards in English Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies.
One of the critical Common Core skills is to summarize the main ideas contained in a text. Writing a crisp summary depends upon distinguishing key ideas from details. This webinar provided strategies for helping students improve their abilities to write and understand the components of summaries.
The largest, most difficult, and most impactful “shift” in Common Core and other “Next Generation” learning standards is the recognition that students must be able to perform at a deeper level of cognition – literally, “depth of knowledge”. In mathematics, the majority (~80%) of Common Core and similar standards in mathematics establish “Depth of Knowledge 2: Skills & Concepts” as the most common level of student performance.