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Language Arts & Literacy [clear filter]
Thursday, March 7
 

12:45pm

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Launch pads and safety nets
Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. In this session, the speaker will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan.This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It addresses metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012),   Disclaimer: Elements of the Tell me! program, developed by the Centre for Literacy, will be used in this presentation.  

Speakers
avatar for Ashely McPherson

Ashely McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. She offers intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before the Centre for Literacy, she taught grades one and two at a Francophone school. Ashley was nominated for... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)

2:30pm

Mettre en oeuvre les meilleures pratiques pour enseigner l’écriture
This session will be provided in French. Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. In this session, the speaker will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan.This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It addresses metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012),   Disclaimer: Elements of the Tell me! program, developed by the Centre for Literacy, will be used in this presentation.   

Speakers
avatar for Ashely McPherson

Ashely McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. She offers intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before the Centre for Literacy, she taught grades one and two at a Francophone school. Ashley was nominated for... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)
 
Friday, March 8
 

9:00am

Make Writing: Engaging Your Most Print Resistant Writers
You know who I’m talking about: The kids who can’t sit still. The kids who refuse to put down print. The kids who claim to hate writing. You aren’t alone in your frustration, you know. Over the last two decades, I’ve worked with so, so many writers like this, in my own classroom and in my writing studio, too. Want to know what the most important thing I learned was? That I had a lot of learning to do.
It all started when I admitted defeat, dropped my pencil and asked, “If you don’t want to write, then tell me: What would you rather be doing?”
 
That’s when my most resistant writers became my greatest teachers. They taught me a great deal, and I’d love to share my learning with you.
 
Participants in this session will gain:
  • A deeper understanding of the maker movement and why it’s important to create future-ready writing workshops and classrooms
  • Low budget supply lists and all of the inspiration you’ll need to create tinker trays, totes, and tool buckets with purposeful intention
  • Mini-Lessons and instructional approaches that will help you make great use of those tools while elevating the writing process, craft, and form
  • An awareness of five specific approaches that integrate making and writing in every content area and grade level
  • Promising practices that help transition your most print resistant writers from making to the written word without too much turbulence

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)

9:00am

Teaching Word Solving Strategies - A Forgotten Skill?
Limited Capacity seats available

While strategies for comprehension are the primary focus of reading instruction, the ability to recognize words by sight and how to solve unfamiliar words is also necessary. So you know your students would benefit from learning these specific skills, but you're not sure how to teach these strategies. This session will show you how to identify students who need this specific instruction and how to actively engage them in word work lessons. The areas that will be addressed include: how sounds in the English language are represented by various letter combinations; how to break words into parts; and how to effectively use context to solve unfamiliar words – ALL WITHOUT WORKSHEETS! As an added bonus, many of these skills are related to helping students become better spellers too. Optional $10.00 (cash only) fee for a CD with printable materials.

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Lamont

Blanche Lamont

other, Rainbow Literacy
Literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered literacy workshops to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. She is the author of Mentoring... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 3 (100)
 

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