Kelly Gallagher/Penny Kittle Summer Institute: Planning a Year Around Workshop Teaching (Grades 6-12)
This workshop will focus on effective language arts instruction in Middle School and High School
Based on an action-research study conducted in their own classrooms, Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle will offer models for lesson and unit design that align with the research on student engagement and independence. Participants of this workshop will examine their own process for crafting literacy experiences for students and reflect on the conditions they have established in their classrooms that lead to initiative and independence.
DAY 1 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD
Creating Reading Lives that Last: Balancing Independent Reading, Book Clubs, and Core Texts
Reading habits do not emerge by accident, but through careful and purposeful modeling and instruction. We must meet children's social and learning needs as we support their lives as readers. These needs are intertwined and interdependent and have more to do with reading success than school-centered standards do. We will consider classroom conditions grounded in the key principles for motivation: relevance, engagement, and success. We will show how we help readers construct identities of power and opportunity, to challenge themselves as readers, and to act with agency in our classrooms through meaningful talk and writing in book clubs, in core texts, and in the increased volume of their independent reading.
DAY 2 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH
Risk, Voice, and Clarity in Writing: Leading Students to Craft Writing with Increasing Skill and Independence
In a world of increasing literacy demands we are all writing more than ever. We need to lead students to write, reread, and revise their words and deepen their thinking as a daily practice in our classrooms. Within this workshop, we will practice our most powerful teaching tool – the teacher's model of thinking and demonstration in reading and writing. We'll examine student notebooks where writers collect thinking, collaborate on writing, and reread to find the heart of their writing. Teachers will leave this workshop with instructional strategies that encourage and motivate writers to produce their best work.
Graduate Credit (Optional): 1 grad credit will be available through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for an additional cost of $200 (payable to the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh). Information about the graduate credit registration and course work will be shared on day 1 of this workshop.