Web Site and Print Guide
The Inside Writing Communities, Grades 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, facilitator tips, 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 Main Page
The main page for each individual workshop provides a brief overview of the topic, outlines the different sections, and presents the workshop's learning goals.
Prepare for the Workshop
The workshop preparation page includes a warm-up activity and readings to be completed before viewing the videos. Complete the readings and chart to stimulate your thinking about the workshop topic.
Analyze the Videos
This section includes a summary of the videos, key practices to observe, and pages with questions and activities for each of the two videos featured in the workshop. You can watch the videos in their entirety (each video is 30 minutes long) or in segments.
Extend Your Learning
This section consists of two parts: Examine Your Practice and an interactive exercise. Examine Your Practice presents a quote or excerpt on the teaching strategies presented in the workshop, followed by guiding questions. The interactive exercise lets you explore the strategies 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.
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 to summarize your understanding of the topic. This assignment completes each workshop.
The Printouts page includes a complete list of the readings, charts, and any other materials needed for the workshop. If you lack regular access to a printer, you may want to print all documents for a session from this page at one time.
The Assignments page provides a list of the required assignments for the workshop. You can use this page to make sure you have 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 workshop.
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.