Samantha Bennett: Smarter Every Day - Systems and Structures to Maximize Student (and Teacher!) Engagement and Achievement (Grades 3-12)
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Samantha Bennett will illustrate how systems, structures, routines and rituals, combined with thinking, planning, and conferring, will drive students’ growth, inform assessment and instruction, and increase both, student and teacher engagement. Participants will look inside workshop classrooms where teachers and students work side by side—where students develop literacy skills through a combination of doing what readers and writers do and purposeful, sensitive interactions with their teacher.
Sam will offer tangible evidence of teachers’ practices, demonstrating how they listen to students and use that information to build lessons that propel them into deeper thinking. Explore how teachers learn about their students, use careful one–to–one assessment to inform their teaching, and reflect on their own practice as well.
Workshop Learning Targets
By the end of this day-long workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Articulate what matters most to student learning on a daily basis.
- Support their beliefs with research / theory.
- Describe a routine lesson structure that supports what matters most.
- Verbalize key planning moves that maximize student engagement and achievement.
Who should attend?
3rd–12th grade classroom teachers, teacher leaders, literacy coaches / reading specialists, administrators, curriculum and instruction directors -- anyone interested in daily systems, structures, routines and rituals to increase student engagement and achievement.
About Samantha Bennett:
Samantha Bennett is an instructional coach, educational consultant, author and editor. She spends most days in classrooms working shoulder to shoulder with teachers to figure out how we can make school worthy of students’ time. Sam’s publications and online resources include:
That Workshop Book: New Systems and Structures for Classrooms that Read, Write and Think (2007);
Adolescent Reading RX: What to Do When Teen Readers Can’t or Won’t (2013);
Everyday Habits that Grow Successful Readers (2013); and,
Imagine it Better: Visions of What Schools Might Be (2014).