Thursday Morning Workshops
Thursday, November 7, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Opening the Door to the Common Core: Strategies for the SMPs
Leslie A. Texas, Tammy L. Jones
The Mathematical Practices can be seen as the doorway to implementing the CCSSM. Students, as well as educators and administrators, need to understand what these eight practices entail and what they might look like in their classrooms and mathematical experiences. The key to unlocking the door of SMPs is being deliberate and intentional in their implementation. Participants will engage in strategies that aid in unlocking, opening, and successfully going through the doorway.
Integrated Curriculum, Differentiation, and the Common Core
Are you flummoxed at the thought of using the common core standards, integrating curriculum, and differentiating instruction for advanced learners as well as all your other students? This session will offer concrete tools (tiered assignments, the Parallel Curriculum Model) to help you develop rigorous and relevant instruction for your middle school students.
STEAMing Into the Future: The N2 Method
Learn how to turn your classroom environment into a think tank, research lab, and design studio built around novelty and challenge. Participants will be able to implement a 2–4 week project-based unit designed to introduce students to STEAM concepts and process skills, including critical, ethical, systems, and innovative thinking.
High Achievement in Math Guaranteed: The 3-4-5 Teaching Model
To learn math, students must do math (NCTM). So, what should we have our students do? Deficits in math achievement can be attributed to largely instructional practices that fail to reach all students. Virtually all students come to school equipped with capacities for learning, understanding, and doing math. To help all students succeed in math, educators must implement instructional practices that reach all students. Attend this workshop and experience math instruction that works!
Help! I've Got to Implement CCSS ELA Standards so How Do I Do it?
Sharon Faber, Sandra Dutemple
How will the Common Core State Standards change your teaching practices? How do the standards change what it means to be an effective teacher in the 21st century? Come learn what all teachers can do to implement the four ELA strands in any content area. You'll leave with specific ideas on how you can use text-dependent questions, close reading, and many more literacy strategies in your classes.
Writing Across the Curriculum for Common Core State Standards
Every teacher, every content area, and every student will be affected by the new Common Core Standards that emphasize nonfiction writing more than ever before. Learn instructional writing strategies for responding to these standards that will give your school amazing results. Strategies in nonfiction writing and the Common Core Standards will be woven into a writing routine. This powerful Writing Routine has created dramatic, sustainable improvements in student writing.
"This Is Boring!!"—Not Any More!!
David A. Shepard, Kelly Shepard Profitt
"This is boring. Why can't we do fun stuff in here?" How do you answer this question? Exceptional educators know students must be actively engaged to reach their maximum potential. Research shows that middle level students have a high need to be active learners, not passive sponges. This session will outline and demonstrate 20+ strategies to get students out of their seats and engaged. Many "I'll try that on Monday" ideas will be the shared as the primary focus.