Web Site and Print Guide
The Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop is designed for individual or group professional development. Using the workshop guide, you can run a complete professional development workshop with colleagues or follow the videos by yourself and connect with others through Teacher-Talk. The guide features pre- and post-viewing activities and discussion questions to help you use the videos. It also includes readings, interactive components, and individual or group activities that expand each topic beyond the video.
You can access the guide online, or print it from this site. Print guides are also provided with the purchase of the workshop on videocassette/DVD from www.learner.org.
To help you get the most out of the workshop, the online guide is organized into the following sections:
Workshop Session Main Page
The main page for each session outlines the different sections of the workshop and presents the session's learning goals.
Before You Watch
This section includes a short summary of the video and the Session Preparation, which includes readings and activities to be completed before viewing the video. Complete the charts and review key terms to stimulate your thinking about the workshop session's topic.
Watch the Video
This section divides the program into three parts: Lecture, Classroom Excerpts, and Discussion. In the Lecture, watch Dr. Paratore present the research-based principles related to the topic. Then observe the principles in action in the Classroom Excerpts. Finally, compare your observations with those expressed by the workshop participants in the Discussion. Use the questions that follow each video segment to focus your viewing and response.
Examine the Topic
This section consists of up to three parts: Extend Your Knowledge, Analyze Your Teaching, and an interactive activity. Extend Your Knowledge presents selected readings that expand on the principles discussed or examine an alternative point of view. In Analyze Your Teaching, you can reflect on your own instruction and better understand the continuum of teaching reading. The interactive activity allows you to explore reading principles more thoroughly.
Put It Into Practice
This section helps you to apply what you have learned to your own teaching practices. The activities are designed to assist you in developing resources for your classroom and provide lesson-plan templates, record forms, and worksheets to use with your literacy instruction.
This final section encourages you to review what you have learned and to revise the notes you have taken. Answer the questions posed to summarize your understanding of the topic.
The Printouts page includes a complete list of the readings, lecture posters, and charts needed for the workshop session. If you lack regular access to a printer, you may want to print all documents for a session at once from this page.
The Assignments page provides a list of the required assignments for the workshop session. You can use this page to make sure you've completed all the assignments required for professional development or graduate credit.
The Related Resources page provides a list of books, articles, related resources, and other materials used in the video workshop or recommended as further reading.
Also available from this Web site is Teacher-Talk, an email discussion list, through which you can communicate with other workshop participants online.
Using the Guide
If you are working alone:
- Identify your goals as you prepare for the session.
- Use the questions to generate self-reflection.
- Write responses to questions in a journal to review at a later date.
If you are working in a group:
- Prepare for the session before meeting with the group.
- Use the questions to stimulate discussion.
- Compare experiences to better understand literacy instruction in different grades.
- Collaborate in planning activities and developing resources.