WRITE from the Start!
For many of our youngest students, writing develops more easily and naturally than reading. In this activity-packed session, we’ll analyze actual student writing samples and discuss developmentally-appropriate teaching for students at all stages. We’ll look at the building independence through the writing workshop and how to effectively use modeled, shared and interactive writing. You’ll get dozens of practical lessons that you will be able to take right to your classroom, such as Bubble Gum Writing, Strikethrough, Bossy Sentences, the OREO Organizer for persuasive writing and Bow-on-the-Present Endings.
GUIDING READERS: MAKING THE MOST OF THE 18-MINUTE SMALL GROUP READING LESSON
Guided reading is one of the most powerful tools we have for differentiating literacy instruction. In this session, Lori will share a lesson structure that involves focused multiple readings for comprehension strategies, word study and fluency practice. We’ll look at how the guided reading lesson differs for emergent, early, developing and fluent readers and you’ll pick up a collection of ideas for small group teaching and independent (“must-do”) activities, from sticky note toolkits to dollar-store manipulatives.
PUTTING THE “PLAY” BACK IN WORD PLAY
Take advantage of terrific tips and techniques for building vocabulary and supporting word study. Learn ways to make your morning meeting more productive with “A Week of Wonderful Word Warm-ups.” Reinforce word study in the context of shared and guided reading and writing workshop. Poems, picture books, puzzles and reading manipulatives from the dollar store are just a few of the tools we’ll share in this fun-filled, interactive session.