Use Doug Lemov's highly effective Teach Like a Champion strategies to learn techniques to check for and develop a complete understanding using intentional questioning. Participants will also learn the skill of Cold Call to keep all students accountable, No Opt-Out to implement high expectations for all learners and Wait Time to allow for students to ponder and develop answers. Each piece can be a stand-alone 1-hour workshop as well: Checks for Understanding, Wait Time, No Opt-Out & Right is Right and Cold Call.
Close reading is thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, meanings, etc. Close reading includes many elements, including using short passages and excerpts, diving right into the text with limited pre-reading activities, rereading deliberately and discussing the text with others. Learn how to implement in your school and classroom to increase student engagement and understanding.
Dive into cooperative learning, an instructional strategy in which small student groups work together on a common task. This teaching method is an excellent way to allow students to think critically without relying on you for answers. Implement elements of critical thinking and student-driven classrooms using cooperative learning.
Explicit Instruction based on Anita Archer's practices is systematic, direct, engaging and success-oriented professional development that promotes achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. We will review the following objectives: clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills and routines to teach; design and deliver effective lessons; and give students opportunities to practice and master new material. Sample lesson plans, lively examples and reproducible checklists and teacher worksheets enhance the learner's experience.
Participants will learn about the powerful use of graphic organizers and how to use them as a strategy to change the culture of a classroom and even a school. Graphic organizers are applicable to all subject areas and grade levels.
Help your students grow increasingly resourceful at problem solving and learn how to make essential questions that increase rigor in your classroom. Applicable to all subject areas and grade levels.
Simplify classroom workflow with student-driven digital portfolios. With Seesaw, you can collect and organize all students' digital and physical work while engaging parents with real-time updates on their children's school day.
Learn writing strategies for every discipline, curriculum and content that improve student mastery and increase engagement.
Show Call and Art of the Sentence work well in tandem: Art of the Sentence asks students to synthesize a complex idea, summarize a reading or distill a discussion in a single, well-crafted sentence. It’s a rigorous task that can improve the quality of students’ writing. Show Call is a tool for accountability for that written work. Show Call encourages students to give their best effort on their writing and can be used to leverage work of individual students to improve the writing of the entire class.