Are you looking for ways to improve your students’ comprehension, critical thinking, and reasoning skills all while meeting the Common Core State Standards? If so, you will not want to miss this one-day learning experience surrounding Close Reading. Through reading, viewing video, and dialogue, you will discover dozens of practical strategies and engaging techniques that are guaranteed to improve student achievement. This learning adventure is interactive, goal-focused, and instruction-based.
This Prezi presentation was designed to lead the incredibly awesome 4th- through 8th-grade teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools through an all-day professional learning experience, wherein which I shared my journey of learning and teaching Close Reading to ninth- and tenth-graders. The presentation ranges from the days where I committed sticky-note Readicide and accepted “all thoughts about texts as great” to my current days where I want students to, as Dave Stuart of Teaching the Core verbalizes it, “legitimately understand and interact with complex texts for the sake of entering the argumentative conversation of which they are a part.”
The invitation from CSPS Curriculum Director Steve Seward read as follows:
As you know, there is a buzz in education surrounding reading, writing, and thinking. Some of the top thinkers (besides yourselves: Mike Schmoker, Kelly Gallagher, Doug Fisher, Donalyn Miller, Cris Tovani, Penny Kittle) are talking about close reading and how it supports thinking, reading, and comprehension at deep levels in ALL content areas. Close Reading is a skill-based, strategy-filled, teaching focus that can be used with both and fictional and non-fictional text structures.
No comes the exciting part—One of our “VERY OWN”, Erica Beaton, will be leading a learning date for us and you are invited to attend!
Who/Audience: 4-8th grade teachers
When: November 8th, 2012 from 8:00-2:30
Where: district office (room to be announced)
If you are interested, and I know you will be, please let me know. We will have limited spots, so this will be on a “first respond”, “first signed up” basis.
The videos of my students featured below are embedded within the Prezi.
Once again, I wanted to extend my gratitude to the teachers at CSPS for their attendance and engagement during our Close Reading learning experience. I am amazed and awed by the incredible work being done in our district. I am blessed to follow and extend their work in this crazy thing called education.
Some of the additional resources we discussed can be found here:
Following the learning experience, I received such awesome feedback from an elementary special ed teacher, Brian White, “I have been sneaking close reading into the classroom little by little. Just yesterday, I watched a fourth grader use close reading strategies in math, to solve a complex word problem. Thanks again for the presentation on close reading and for reminding us all that ‘awesomeness’ is just around the corner…” How awesome is that!
Finally, I invite you to expand the conversation and share in the comment section some of the ways you support your students’ understanding through Close Reading.
- Tagged: adolescent literacy, close reading, common core state standards, Cris Tovani, Dave Stuart, Doug Fisher, Kelly Gallagher, Louise Rosenblatt, Mike Schmoker, Patricia Kain, Penny Kittle, Smarter Balanced Assessments