Orlando IRA Day Three

Sneaking a Picture With R. L. Stine

Sneaking a Picture With R. L. Stine

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

  • http://www.k12opened.com/IRA2011
  • 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.

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