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Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5
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Asking Questions: An Interactive Guide
1. Foundations

2. Looking at Literature

3. Starting Classroom Conversations

4. Classroom Dialogues

5. Using Art and Other Disciplines To Enrich Classroom Conversations

6. Beginning the Year

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

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Workshop 1. Foundations


Channel-TalkLit3to5

[Channel-talklit3to5] Workshop #6

From: douglas gerbrandt <dugnsus@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri Oct 28 2005 - 18:34:26 EDT

Hello!

I have been really impressed with these teachers and am learning so much by
watching how they start off the year. I have my students decide their own
rules, also and find this to be very valuable. We usually start off filling
out a chart that is sectioned off into fours. The boxes say My Job, Not My
Job, Your Job, Not Your Job (one title in each box). Then I write down
their responses for each. I have found this to be a great way to start off
the "What should our classroom rules be?" discussion. From this chart, the
students think of rules for the class and I write them all down on another
piece of chart paper. I write down all responses to validate their voice
and sharing. Then we usually take a break and come back to it a little
later to narrow the list down to five rules. Usually I try to lump several
responses into one general rule. After we have five, I write them down on
poster board and during our class meeting that day, we all sign the bottom
like a contract saying that we agree to following these rules. This has
proven very helpful when future discipline problems come up, too. The
students feel ownership with these rules and want to follow what they
themselves came up with. After that, I give them all a five page booklet
in which they write and illustrate each of the rules.

A new idea I want to try is having the students bring in their favorite
books the first week of school and sharing them in small groups. I really
liked how the one teacher modeled the activity beforehand and then had them
create a "Fantastic Reads" chart afterward.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Susan Gerbrandt

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