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Reading is Thinking: Comprehension at the Core Reading, Writing And Thinking In The Active Literacy Classroom With Stephanie Harvey and Debbie Miller

24th September and 25th September 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)

“Kids’ thinking matters!” When our students begin to understand that their thinking matters, learning changes. They develop a passion for literacy. The refrain of What time is recess? When’s lunch? becomes an anthem of “Can we please go read now?” As educators, we take kids thoughts, ideas, questions, opinions and learning seriously.

In this workshop we advocate instruction that engages kids and guides them as they read, write and think their way through the day and across the curriculum. We teach the reader not merely the reading, by sharing and modeling strategies that support readers to merge their thinking with the information, ask questions, construct meaning, acquire knowledge and actively use it.

Our staff development efforts support teachers to plan engaging instruction that places an emphasis on teaching for understanding. Based on the comprehension research of David Pearson and his colleagues, our focus is on teaching comprehension strategies that lead students to become thoughtful, active, independent readers and writers. We advocate active literacy classrooms where students read, write, talk, listen and investigate their way into thinking, learning and understanding. Inquiry based learning and project based learning are central to understanding and acquiring knowledge in classrooms such as these.

Principles that guide our work include:

Teach for understanding and engagement

Foster passion and curiosity

Make thinking visible

Create an environment that values collaborative learning and thinking

Support kids to read extensively in text they can and want to read

Build instruction around authentic, relevant and significant topics

Provide explicit instruction with the Gradual Release of Responsibility framework

Create a common language for literacy

Differentiate instruction and text

Teach with the end in mind

Support kids to build independence and develop agency

Create deep, curious thinkers and lifelong learners


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September 24, 2016
8 am
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