I am in no way endorsing this group, but for reference here is the link to Pacific Learning, the company behind this effective practices workshop.
I was pulled from the workshop several times today. I was out a few times for a laptop and a projector having a fight and a few times for some administrative issues. Sadly those interruptions lead to a lack of focus on today’s information and practice. Never the less, I will push on like I know what I am talking about. Just be aware that my understanding may not be as comprehensive as the others.
Today started with a review of instructional strategies by grouping and using interactive large group strategies to tell more about ourselves.
Moving on, the main focus today was on comprehension strategies including:
and Monitoring Comprehension
It is the opinion of the presenters that if you choose to focus on instructional and comprehension strategies that it would work best with a full district commitment. That said, if you choose to change your own practice, I think a teacher could do worse than teaching reading comprehension skills to students. The book recommended here is Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis.
After the instructors modeled large group interactive instruction, focusing on comprehension strategies, (Great method using enlarged text to focus attention where you want it) it was up to us to develop a lesson. Pairing with a content partner we were to select a passage of text that may pose problems. My partner and I chose a passage from Poe’s Cask of Amontillado. Recognizing the descriptive language, we felt comfortable using Visualization as our strategy.
For tomorrow our plan is increase compression by gaining a visual of what is happening. We are going to question the student’s mental images and use pictures to identify complicated words or passages.
I’ll let you know how it goes.