Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop
New Literacies of the Internet Reflect on Your Learning | New Literacies of the Internet
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?
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?
- social studies
- social skills
- 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
5.2 Analyze the Video | New Literacies of the Internet
Watch the video, "New Literacies of the Internet," taking notes as you watch. After you watch, jot down your answers to the questions below. If you prefer to watch the video in segments, pause the video when you see the next chapter heading.
Workshop 1 Creating Contexts for Learning
This session examines how classroom organization, routines, and grouping practices can enhance literacy skills in the middle grades. Literacy expert Jeanne Paratore discusses teaching strategies that foster reading and writing skills. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 2 Fluency and Word Study
This session focuses on how students in the middle grades develop vocabulary and reading fluency. Literacy expert Richard Allington discusses specific teaching strategies that help build fluency and vocabulary, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 3 Building Comprehension
Comprehending text is one of the main goals of reading. In this session, literacy expert Nell Duke discusses what good readers do and strategies teachers can use to help students build comprehension skills. Classroom footage provides examples of comprehension strategies.
Workshop 4 Writing
This workshop examines the relationship between reading and writing in the middle grades. Literacy expert Nadeen Ruiz discusses the connections, conventions, and inventions that provide a framework for teaching writing, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 5 New Literacies of the Internet
This workshop focuses on the evolving use of networked technology in education. Literacy expert Donald Leu discusses strategies that help students effectively read, write, and communicate on the Internet. Classroom examples illustrate strategies for using Internet resources in the classroom.
Workshop 6 Teaching English Language Learners
Changing classroom demographics call for a range or teaching strategies. In this session, literacy expert Robert Jim�nez discusses strategies teachers can use to create a successful learning environment for all students, while supporting English language learners. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 7 Teaching Diverse Learners
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how teachers can meet the diverse needs of readers and writers in their classrooms. Classroom examples and teaching strategies address different aspects of diversity, including culture, language, background, ability, and learning approaches.
Workshop 8 Assessment and Accountability
This session explores assessment, standards, and outcomes. Literacy expert Kathy Au discusses the strategies teachers can use to assess students' understanding in reading and writing. Classroom examples illustrate how students can participate in their own assessment.
Supplementary Workshop 6 - Teaching English Language Learners
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