September 24, 2016
September 25, 2016
NIST International School
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