Here we are 12 years into the new millennium but we are still talking about the 21st Century and the changes that need to be made, so why is that? Change takes time and adopting new pedagogy and daily practices takes a new level of comfort that isn't present for many of us. So how do we get there? In this module, participants will examine their current stage of development in the transformation to 21st Century classroom and their own change process while gathering ideas for implementing new technology strategies into current pedagogy. This module, which is geared toward novice technology users, will include activities to help participants find new tools to bring engaging multimedia lessons to their students that met them were they are, as well as help build a personal learning network to provide support and inspiration for moving forward.
Participants will explore the diverse world of multicultural children's literature and its role in the classroom. Participants will learn what multicultural literature is, why it is an important resource to provide for all students, resources they can use to find high-quality texts, and how they can incorporate these books in their teaching both to facilitate students' literacy development and increase their cultural understanding of the world around them. This module requires that participants have access to children's literature through a school or community library in addition to internet resources. Participants will create annotated bibliographies and lesson plans that they can use in their classrooms.
Participants will become familiar with research-based principles for teaching gifted readers. Participants will learn to recognize the characteristics of gifted readers and explore options for providing instruction for these students in either regular or special settings. Specifically participants will explore the use of both small group settings and the reader's workshop setting to provide adequately challenging instruction of text through the use of higher-order thinking questioning, rigorous curriculum design, and the use of themes and big ideas. Participants will apply these principles in the design of a unit or lesson on a particular text that can be used in their classroom.
Reading in the content areas is extremely important. In this module, we will work on developing the essential knowledge and skills needed to facilitate vocabulary teaching and learning in content areas (math, science, social studies, physical education and health). The module will help participants learn strategies to help students in K-12 grades succeed in vocabulary learning and develop the ability to design and implement appropriate content area vocabulary instruction. Participants will be asked to create content area related vocabulary lesson plans that they can use in their classrooms.
Participants will explore the combination of character education and literature in the classroom. Participants will learn what character education is and how literature and standards can be a resource for integrating this important topic into their classroom. Additionally, participants will learn about the benefits of Read Aloud lessons with character education, explore the importance of questioning in examining texts, and review resources that can be used to find high quality texts.
Participants will explore best practices in literacy in order to best meet the needs of students that may not be making expected growth in the classroom. Participants will learn how to analyze reading behaviors and target instruction that will boost academic performance of low achieving students.
Participants will explore how Purposeful Annotation can enhance reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Participants will learn what Purposeful Annotation is, why it is an important strategy to provide for all students, and how you can incorporate this best practice in your classroom.
Our digital world is rapidly changing and new technologies are being developed every day. With this comes a change in literacy and how our students are reading. As many schools turn to one-on-one computing, students are interacting with digital texts more frequently. In this module participants will look at online versus print text and strategies they can use to help students successfully comprehend no matter the format.
Participants will explore what fluency is and how it impacts reading proficiency. They will learn the true definition of fluency and the criteria that defines a fluent reader, the developmental stages of a fluent reader, and how to develop and foster fluency in reading. Participants will also learn different ways that fluency can be assessed and methods that can be used for teaching for fluency and practicing fluency. Participants will have the opportunity to observe videos and explore websites with lesson ideas that they can use in their own classroom.
Participants will focus enhancing vocabulary instruction in the classroom. Participants will learn how to identify appropriate vocabulary for instruction in a variety of texts. Many vocabulary activities and strategies for implementation will be given.