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Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop

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What Did You Learn?


Consider what you have learned about teaching new literacies from Professor Leu’s comments, the classroom examples, and the readings and activities in this session. Write a summary of what you have learned. Use the questions below to guide your thinking. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment and, if you are taking this workshop for credit, include it in your Literacy Practices Portfolio.

  • Which ideas from the video reflect what you are currently doing to integrate technology with your literacy instruction?
  • What questions do you have about these ideas with respect to meeting the needs of all of your students?
  • How will you change your instructional practices to include the use of technology and the Internet in your literacy and content-area curriculum?
  • What professional development and/or resources will you need in order to make these changes?
  • What ideas do you have for grouping students so they will have equal access to technology in the classroom?

Final Project

If you are taking this workshop for credit, complete the next section of the Literacy Practices Portfolio.

Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio




If you are taking this workshop for credit, continue constructing your portfolio of instructional practices. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment. Your portfolio for this workshop will include the following five items:

  • current practices in place in your classroom
  • changes you would like to make
  • a description of one change you have implemented
  • evidence of student learning

1. Current practices

Include your written response from What Do You Do? Then, think about your present literacy instruction and how you integrate technology into your instruction. Write the answers to these questions:

  • How do you use the Internet or other technology to teach the following subjects?
    • reading
    • writing
    • science
    • social studies
    • math
    • social skills
    • other
  • How do you use technology to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues?
  • What Internet resources do you use in lesson preparation?
  • What Internet resources do you provide for students to reinforce skills and strategies?
  • How do you share Internet resources with colleagues?
  • How do you teach your students to locate information on the Internet?
  • How do you teach your students to evaluate Internet information?
  • How do you ensure that your students are safe on the Internet?

2. Changes you would like to make

Include your written response from What Did You Learn?

3. One change you have implemented

a. Make a change

Choose one instructional change that you described in What Did You Learn? to implement now. What is your thinking behind making this change? Describe the change in detail and explain how it will be implemented (e.g., an instructional practice, a lesson plan, a plan for modeling a strategy, etc.). What are the expected outcomes for student learning? Design a lesson plan and implement this change.

b. Reflect on the change

Write a brief reflection about what worked when you implemented this change and what you will change the next time you teach this lesson. (If you are taking this workshop during the summer, describe the learning goals and expected outcomes of this change.)

4. Evidence of student learning

In this section of your portfolio, you will submit evidence documenting student learning. Select one student and describe his/her performance in using the Internet effectively. What did you do to scaffold instruction for this student? Include two to three performance samples and documentation of the support provided for each. How will you continue to scaffold this student’s Internet use? Listed below are possible pieces of evidence:

  • student performance samples
  • anecdotal records of student performance
  • evidence of Web site use
  • evidence of learning from Webquest or Internet Inquiry

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Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop


Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation. 2006.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-815-7