Hints for Site Leaders
Successful Workshop Sessions
These guidelines will help you conduct successful workshop
sessions, particularly the Getting Ready and Going Further
segments. These 30-minute, pre- and post-video group discussions
will help participants better understand the video programs
and enhance the workshop experience. Getting Ready prepares
participants for what to focus on during the video programs
and Going Further provides the opportunity to analyze and
reflect on what they saw.
Each week, someone should be responsible for facilitating
the workshop sessions. This may be the registered "site
leader" or another volunteer, or you may choose to divide
and rotate duties among several participants. For the purposes
of these instructions, we will refer to the site leader as
facilitating the sessions.
Prepare for the Session and Bring the Necessary Materials
The site leader should review the entire session in this guide
before arriving for the session, as well as reviewing the
Materials Needed for that session. The site leader will be
responsible for bringing enough materials for the participants.
If you are viewing the video programs on videocassette/DVD, the
site leader may want to preview the programs.
Before the First Session
You may want to photocopy this guide for all participants
so they may follow along, refer back to ideas covered in the
session, or have their homework assignments handy. Or, you
may direct them to the workshop Web site to print the guide themselves (direct them to "Support
Materials"). Either way, you will want participants to
have the guide before the first session, so they will come
prepared. Be sure participants know:
- They should bring a journal and a pen or pencil to each
workshop session, including the first;
- There are suggested reading assignments prior to the first
- It would be helpful if they were to review the first session
in the guide before arriving.
Keep an Eye on the Time
We have suggested the amount of time you should spend on each
question or activity.
Record Your Discussions
We recommend that someone take notes during each discussion,
or even better, that you tape-record the discussions. The
notes or audiotapes can serve as make-up materials in case
anyone misses a workshop.
Share Your Discussions on the Web
The workshop sessions serve as a starting point to share and
think about the workshop ideas. Encourage participants to
continue their discussions with participants from other sites
on Teacher-Talk at the workshop Web site.
You will need to assemble the following materials to help
you in using these video clips in a professional development
- A VCR/DVD player and viewer (television set or monitor) to show the
- Be sure to position the monitor at a place where
all participants can view it easily.
- Adjust the lighting to avoid reflections or
- Check the connections between the VCR/DVD and TV
or monitor, and make sure they are both plugged
into a working outlet.
- Notebooks or paper, pencils or pens
- Other materials may be needed for activities suggested
for individual clips. Consult the Guide Book materials related
to each video clip to find out the scope of these activities
and plan your session accordingly.
- Note: A supplementary resource is Making Meaning in Literature: A Video Library, Grades 6-8. While not required for the workshop, viewing of the videos from the library can provide additional insight into envisionment-building classrooms. Visit the Web site at http://www.learner.org/envisioningliterature and select Making Meaning in Literature: A Video Library, Grades 6-8 for more information.
- Read the sections of the guide devoted to activities
and discussion questions related to each clip
several days before the workshop.
- Note materials that are needed and gather them
before your session begins.
- A dry-erase board, flip chart, or large pieces
of art paper will help in recording major points
raised in session discussions.