Join us for this free workshop to learn how to make simple instructional adjustments that lead to powerful shifts in student engagement, empowering students to persevere in becoming better readers!
Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:30 AM.
Workshop from 9 AM - 12 PM.
Sponsored by Okapi Educational Publishing
More than ever, teachers are expected to teach the same academic standards to all students. The recent trend towards whole-group instruction—with grade-level, complex texts, in particular—has created instructional difficulties. Worried that their teaching has become too heavily scaffolded and too teacher-directed, many educators are concerned that the current distribution of teacher-student work is not doing enough to prepare students, especially those who struggle. Teachers are eager for strategies that engage students in difficult work, that make complex ideas simple, and that give students language for communicating about their reading processes.
In this workshop, Burkins and Yaris will share practical ways to get students “unstuck” by shifting the language of reading instruction, adjusting conventional prompts, and reframing scaffolding. They will equip you with new ideas for enabling readers who are likely to “slip through the cracks” or plateau in their reading growth. Considering the ways read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading are connected, participants will explore “next generation” thinking for each instructional context and learn new insights into these instructional contexts. Burkins and Yaris will also make connections to mindset, student engagement, text level, and teacher language, considering when they do (and do not) help students develop efficient reading processes and enthusiasm for reading. Join us to learn how to make simple instructional adjustments that lead to powerful shifts in student engagement, empowering students to persevere in becoming better readers.
About Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are the authors of the celebrated new book from Stenhouse Publishers, Who’s Doing the Work?: How to Say Less so Readers Can Do More. They also co-authored Reading Wellness: Lessons in Independence and Proficiency (Stenhouse, 2014). Both titles provide practical ideas for teaching students to become increasingly independent and proficient in an age where heavy teacher talk is the status quo.
Jan and Kim are also the writers and thinkers behind Burkins and Yaris—Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, where their blog and their instructional resources have drawn a national audience and made them thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction. They are passionate about helping teachers navigate, understand, and implement standards-based instruction without sacrificing their inner teacher. In their role as staff developers, they work closely with schools and districts, facilitating professional learning, conducting in-class demonstrations, and developing curriculum. You can connect with them on Twitter (@burkinsandyaris) and on their website (BurkinsandYaris.com).
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