June 28, 2017 - Day 2 - Connecting Reading and Writing
Keynote: Matt Glover – Connecting Reading and Writing
The thinking that children do when they are composing text for books they can’t decode is similar to thinking children engage in when composing text for the books they write. By connecting reading and writing we can help students become stronger writers.
Morning breakout sessions
Matt Glover: A Year of Writing in Preschool: Designing Preschool Focus Ideas (Gr. PK–4K)
We can better support writers at any age by ensuring that teaching builds logically, both within a unit and across a year. In this hands-on session we will design a year-long plan for writing and learn the process for creating a Preschool Focus Idea.
Lisa Cleaveland: Starting With A Stack: Exploring A Predictable Framework for Unit Study in the Writing Workshop (Gr. K–1)
During the year, every unit of study follows a predictable pattern. Studies begin with reading immersion from a stack of picture books selected by the teacher. It may be a stack gathered by either genre or craft. The study then zooms in for a closer look at particular books in the stack, and children begin trying the work of the study in their own writing and illustrating. Over time, children come to recognize this predictable framework for study and the way of thinking about writing it represents. Using photographs, videos, looking at anchor charts and children’s work samples, this session will give an overview of this predictable framework in action.
Afternoon breakout sessions
Matt Glover: Conferring with Preschool Writers (Gr. PK–4K)
Individual writing conferences represent high differentiated and individualized instruction, which makes them both powerful and challenging. In this session we will practice conferring with preschool writers.
Lisa Cleaveland: Conferring: The Talk That Fills Our Classroom
Sitting down beside a child to talk about the book they are working on seems easy and simple to do, but is it? Do you sometimes question yourself in the conference? Do you think you have chosen the right thing to teach? Have you talked to the child in a way that you have left them with energy for their next steps, or did you deflate them? As classroom teachers we sometimes question ourselves in how effective we have been at growing our writers when we confer with them. We will dig deeper, watch experts and work on helping our students become better writers through powerful conferences.
Closing address: Lisa Cleaveland – Questions, Insights and New Ideas
In our final session together, participants will be able to talk, share and reflect. Time will be given to talk/share new ideas and insights going forward for the next school year ahead. An open forum of questions/insights will leave us inspired as we wrap up our conference.