|Lester Laminack spoke |
about the power of the read aloud.
The conference is a three-day event, preconference workshops on Sunday and two days of workshops and sessions on Monday and Tuesday. This morning, on the last day of the conference, I am waiting to hear Mary Pope Osborne speak about her passion for writing and reflecting on what I have gained from the conference. I am making plans for my teaching and instruction based on what I have learned here. I was lucky enough to spend Sunday with Kylene Beers and Bob Probst and I am looking forward to implementing some of the strategies they have discussed. They presented very useful information to teach the signposts which they write about in their books Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies. I read Notice and Note when it was first published, but need to reread parts and I am looking forward to reading their newest book on nonfiction. Many of the strategies they discussed are intended to scaffold students to go beyond a surface level understanding of text to dig deeper into meaning. I think many of these strategies are going to be beneficial to my students.
|Kylene Beers and Bob Probst discussed signposts for fiction and nonfiction.|
Attending Literacy for All this year has led me to develop plans for my teaching and plans for my reading life. There are strategies I want to try and new professional texts I have added to my to-be-read pile. I still have the rest of the day to enjoy the conference and I’m sure there will be more learning, more conversations, and more ideas to come.
|Three big questions Beers and Probst say students should be asking about nonfiction text:|
What did the author think I already knew?
What surprised me?
What changed or conferred what I already knew?