Web Site and Print Guide
The Teaching Reading 3-5 workshop and featured classroom videos are 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.
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, presents the session's learning goals, and gives a short biography of the literacy expert.
Before You Watch
The Session Preparation page includes key terms, a warm-up activity, and readings to be completed before viewing the video. Complete the charts and review key terms to stimulate your thinking about the workshop session's topic.
Analyze the Video
This section includes a summary of the video and divides the video into segments, organized by the guiding questions and main topics for the program. You can watch the video all at once (each video is 30 minutes long) or in segments. Use the questions that follow each video segment to focus your viewing and response.
Extend Your Knowledge
This section consists of three parts: Examine the Topic, followed by an interactive activity, and Tips for New Teachers. Examine the Topic presents selected readings that expand on the principles discussed or examine an alternative point of view. The interactive activity lets you explore reading principles and teaching strategies more thoroughly. Finally, the Tips for New Teachers section outlines things to consider about each session topic if you are new to teaching, or simply new to the topic at hand.
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.
Reflect on Your Learning
This final section encourages you to review what you have learned and think about changes you would like to make in your practice. Answer the questions posed to summarize your understanding of the topic. If you are taking the workshop for credit, you will be building a Literacy Practices Portfolio. This assignment completes each session.
The Printouts page includes a complete list of the readings, charts, and any other materials 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 Resources page provides a list of helpful books, articles, and Web sites to supplement the information found in each session.
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 notebook 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.