Workshop Session Summaries
1. Creating a Literate Community
In this session, you will explore the ways in which classroom organization and routines influence both children's opportunities to read and write and their attitudes towards reading and writing. Classroom excerpts from the Teaching Reading video library provide illustrations to inspire discussion on the routines and arrangements shown in relation to your own classroom communities.
2. Supporting the English Language Learner
Led by guest lecturer Dr. Mileidis Gort, you will examine research-based principles that support English Language Learners' literacy and language development. Classroom excerpts illustrate effective second language instruction and provide an opportunity to reflect on your teaching practices. You will observe a teacher-led activity that makes selected texts comprehensible and accessible to English Language Learners.
3. Word Study and Fluency
The complex topic of teaching phonics sparks a challenging debate in this session, which examines the foundational elements of emergent literacy, the principles of effective word study instruction, and the explicit teaching of fluency. The principles serve as a lens for discussing the teaching practices viewed in classroom excerpts and analyzing a phonics lesson.
4. Comprehension and Response
This session focuses on essential comprehension strategies that characterize good readers, and components of explicit and strategic instruction that promote these strategies. You will observe grade-level groups plan a lesson based on a strategy that supports student comprehension of and response to the story Stone Soup.
5. Teaching Writing as a Process
Drawing the distinction between writing in response to reading and writing as a process, this session explores the challenges in instructing and inspiring students to create their own stories through narrative writing. As you watch classroom excerpts, you will consider opportunities for students to plan, draft, revise, and edit their work and your own writing programs.
6. Differentiating Instruction
In this session, Dr. Paratore engages the evidence that grouping students appropriately and providing them with equally appropriate literacy instruction enhances achievement in reading. Classroom excerpts illustrate good practices of different grouping models that support the needs of all students, and allow you to reflect on your teaching practices.
7. Using Assessment To Guide Instruction
This session examines assessment practices used to measure student performance and inform instructional practice. You will observe assessment routines in classroom excerpts and reflect on your own classroom assessments. At the end of the session, you will observe teachers analyze a first-grader's reading assessment and writing sample, and discuss further instruction for the student.
8. Connecting School and Home
Highlighting the importance of home-school partnerships, this session explores the factors influencing a child's home literacy habits, and the ways in which teachers can support them. You will view and discuss classroom excerpts illustrating ways to connect school and home literacy, and consider how to promote effective parent involvement.