Scholastic “My Favorite Teacher” IRA Breakfast
- Speakers – Sharon M. Draper, David Ezra Stein (Winner of this year’s Caldecott Honor for “Interrupting Chicken,” Walter Wick, R.L. Stine, and Tony DiTerlizzi
- Reminded us that teacher have an impact but sometimes this can be negative. For some artist, that refusal to acknowledge their special gifts gave them the determination to persist.
- Perhaps though it would be best to remember DiTerlizzi’s art teacher, “You can do this. I believe in you.” as a better motto for working with our students.
Bridging the Gap, Between School and Popular Culture: Utilizing Periodicals and Nonfiction Texts About Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels to Teach Research Related Skills: Kelly McNeal, Melda N. Yildiz
- Graphic novels, manga, and comics motivate reluctant readers
- Use to develop real world literacy skills – comprehension of nonfiction text, summarizing, synthesizing information, develop thesis statements (a strong argument in a concise way), and oral communication skills
- “Act like a team even if you don’t feel like a team.”
- Alpha boxes: graphic organizer, squares representing the letters of the alphabet. As you read a nonfictional piece, place facts that begin with certain letters in that box. Use the organizer to summarize the informational piece. (Hoyt, Linda. Revisit, Reflect, Retell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999)
- Persuasion Map (Houghten Mifflin), a graphic organizer to synthesize the research from the articles – Goal (1) – Reasons (3) – Fact/Example (9 – 3 for each reason)
- Poster Session Rubric – Readwritethink.org
- What a great workshop – we spent most of the time working and going through each step of a collaborative research process which could be used for many different topics.
Building Literacy With Free Open Educational Resources: Karen Fasimpaur
- Poll Everywhere – free resources to do an ABC type of formative assessment
- OER good for differentiating instruction rather than basing instruction off of a textbook.
- Teachers need high quality resources that are legal to reproduce or transform.
- Open license is allowed to be shared without request.
- Helps to teach the new literacies.
- OER source of content for teachers/students to build from legally, suitable for remixing for differentiation, increases equity and is free.