Literacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do your students have the literacy skills to lead their own learning?

The teachers were inspired and ready to begin the year with one PBL unit in place. They thanked me for a workshop with meaning, structure, and support for innovative teaching that was useful for them in the classroom. We all absolutely loved Kris!!! I can't thank you all enough for providing such an amazing presenter! I can't wait to see all this hard work from our teachers translate into the classroom experience. Again, a big shout out for Kris and the TeachThought team. You definitely helped our teachers grow!!!

-Janet Jenkins, Director of General Studies

Thank you for changing the way I teach!

-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher

Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!

-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher

This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.

-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher

We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!

-Shafaq Imran, teacher

Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.

-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher

The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.

-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher

This is effective and worthwhile professional development.

-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator

I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!

-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher

Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.

-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education

Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a TeachThought PD again soon!

-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher

Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!

-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher

Our workshops help teachers empower students through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Creating Powerful Writers

One Day Workshop

1a4471ce377e3025e408988c0bc8c5b5The written word has always been important. But now, it may be more important than ever, with people learning and working across time, across media, and across the globe. Perhaps more than ever, students need to be confident and competent writers. This workshop will help you create a writing-rich classroom where writers inquire, collaborate, and create. Explore the three main types of academic writing (writing-to-learn, process writing, and writing on demand). Learn best practices in teaching and assessing writing, including how to use peer conferences effectively. Find ways to provide time and ownership to student writers so that they become powerful writers for life.

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Creating Passionate Readers

One Day Workshop

passionate-readersCompetent readers do well on every academic achievement measure, but reading well has benefits far beyond academia. Lifelong readers are lifelong learners. This workshop will help you create the reading-rich classroom where students read joyfully to inquire, collaborate, conduct research, and understand human experience. Explore how to provide students more choice in reading and how to create reading tasks that mirror what readers do outside of school. Additionally, explore proven strategies that require students to dig deeper into text and to discuss it meaningfully with peers.

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Information Literacy for all Students

One Day Workshop

In this session, participants will investigate the pedagogy and curriculum behind teaching information literacy at all levels from Pre-School through High School. We will look at the major tenets of research, sourcing, critical analysis, synthesis, presentation and reflection as applied to information literacy. The session will draw upon the work of the Big 6 and the Super 3 to create a continuum of research and informational literacy learning objectives for all students

The workshop will provide instructional strategies and curricular examples for teaching information literacy at all levels, broken down by grade ranges. The conclusions drawn from the session can be applied to any curriculum or age group.

Takeaway – Baseline process of information literacy instruction by age group that can be used to develop instructional practice and curriculum for a teacher or a school.

*This workshop is led by Dr. Matt Harris, current Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Facilitating Engaging Discussion

One Day Workshop

imagesBeing able to present one’s ideas verbally is critical to success in school and in the workplace. However, in many classrooms, students speak very little. Engaging classroom discussions can spark engagement, allow students to wrestle with content, propel them to create logical arguments, and boost divergent thinking. In this workshop, explore how to increase productive discussion in your classroom. Learn best practices both for frequent, informal student talk and for less frequent, more formal discussions like those using Socratic dialogue.

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Facilitating Robust Vocabulary

vocab-appleOne Day Workshop

The size and strength of one’s vocabulary impacts how well one reads, writes, and speaks. This workshop provides key points from research and establishes the urgency for effective vocabulary instruction. Learn best practices for teaching both general and discipline-specific vocabulary words in addition to exploring digital tools and apps that can support vocabulary learning.

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Digital Literacy Through Blogging & Digital Portfolios

One Day Workshop

Edublogs_Logo_400wideDevelop a classroom blogging website where your students can host each of their individual blogs as digital portfolios of their learning. This workshop will take you through pre-blogging scaffolds and digital citizenship considerations to take with students prior to executing online postings. You will experience the steps associated with brainstorming, writing, posting, and commenting on student blogs, as well as tagging content to specific subject areas or learning outcomes. This workshop will help you to set up your blogging website and set up a digital portfolio action plan that includes pre-blogging lessons and promoting parent engagement. Student learning can be made visible as students document their learning in through blogging and digital portfolios! *available k-12+ using Edublogs and for elementary using Edublogs or Kidblog 

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