Presentations
 
  • Teachers as Decision-Makers: How To Use Student Work for Intentional Teaching

  • Reading Curriculum Design with Students at the Center

  • Reading Notebooks: What, Why and How to Support Students' Thinking and Writing About Reading

  • Powerful Conversations: Tips for Creating Classrooms of Conversationalists

  • Focusing on Fiction: Lessons and Look For's When Teaching Readers To Interpret Characters and Themes

  • Focusing on Nonfiction: Lessons and Look For's When Teaching Readers to Synthesize and Understand Perspectives

  • Conferring Made Simple: Using Three Choices To Make Personalized Instructional Decisions

  • Thin-Slicing: Trusting Our Teacher Intuition and Reclaiming Our Voices

  • Four Steps for Targeted Instruction: An Assessment Framework for Readers of All Ages and Levels

Workshops
 
2010 - present
2010 - present

We present to large and small groups around the country on a variety of literacy topics. We can customize the presentations to match your school or district's needs. What follows are some of our most popular presentations.

We work with groups of 5-25 teachers at a time to not only explain, but show a teaching method or process. Workshops include classroom demonstrations, student work analysis, and time to create tools that teachers can go back and use in their classrooms right away. What follows are a sample of some of our most popular workshops.

Decisions About Book Choice: What To Look For and Key Qualities To Consider

  • Why is reading aloud and book choice so important?

  • What does it mean to teach readers versus books?

  • What do I look for when making book choices?

  • What types of books do I put in my classroom library collection?

Decisions About Reading Notebooks: Setting Students Up for Deep Thinking

  • How do students use reading notebook entries as a tool for understanding?

  • What are the key lessons that show students how to take ownerships of their reading notebooks?

  • What are the types of entries students tend to create?

  • How might we assess students' thinking through entries?

  • How do reading notebook entries help teachers decide what to teach next?

Decisions About Student Conversations: Teach Readers To Discuss Thinking

  • How do students use conversations as a way to develop and deepen thinking?

  • How do we teach students to stay on topic and refer back to the text in conversations?

  • How can we use a variety of structures for productive conversations with students (partnerships, book clubs, whole group read alouds, book club read alouds)?  

  • How do student conversations help teachers decide what to teach next?

Decisions About Fiction: Teach Students to Understand Characters and Interpret Themes 

  • What are the most important skills to focus on when teaching fiction reading?

  • What are the three most common types of thinking about characters?

  • How do I assess students' understanding of characters and interpretations of themes?

  • What reading notebook entries help students develop deeper thinking about fiction?

  • How do student conversations and entries about fiction help teachers decide what to teach next?

Decisions About Nonfiction: Teach Students To Synthesize Information and Understand Perspectives

  • What are the most important skills to focus on when teaching nonfiction reading?

  • What are the three most common types of thinking about perspectives?

  • How do I assess students' synthesis?

  • What reading notebook entries help students develop deeper thinking about nonfiction?

  • How do student conversations and entries about nonfiction help teachers decide what to teach next?

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