In this series of videos, I describe Four Square. This is a strategy that teaches students how to read with purpose, close read, annotate and cite evidence, and take information from multiple sources to produce a single answer.
"I want my students to understand that reading is a way we construct our understanding of reality, but that our understanding of reality doesn’t have to be concrete."
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Get ready for Session One of our Workshop.
In the first Workshop session, you have the chance to learn exactly what makes this teaching practice successful in the classroom.
You learn the preparation required to share this approach with your students; the ways you can introduce this practice to your students most successfully; and exactly how your students can benefit as a result. You also have the chance to ask questions and to share your own ideas.
Make the most of our first Workshop session, by taking time in advance to think about your responses to these driving questions:
- What do you already know about engaging your students to work collaboratively to develop and synthesize their ideas? What about this classroom practice would you like to learn more about?
- How do you think your students might benefit if you were to engage them even more to work collaboratively to develop and synthesize their ideas than you already do in your classroom?
- After reviewing the videos of the professional learning sessions in preparation for our Workshop, what specific questions do you have about what you saw?
- What ideas do you have for incorporating the read-aloud strategies presented in these videos within your own classroom? What could you incorporate directly? What would you need to change or modify to serve your students?
Get ready for Session Two of our Workshop.
In the second Workshop session, you have the chance to share and refine your own take on the professional practice introduced in Session One.
You have the chance to ask questions that can refine your understanding and impact your practice; to share and test your ideas for how you can adapt this teaching practice for your own classroom; and to support other teachers participating in the workshop as they personalize this practice to serve their own students.
You have the chance to ask questions and to share ideas, but to make the most of our second Workshop session, please take time in advance to think about your responses to these driving questions:
- How–in your own words–would you describe the classroom practice presented in Session One? How would you describe the impact this level of engagement could have for your students?
- What about the classroom practice presented in the first Workshop session seemed most useful to you? What single component or idea seems like it would most strongly resonate with your students?
- How do you think your students would respond if this practice was presented to them exactly as described in Session One? Which elements do you think you’d need to change to better serve your students? Which would you be sure to present without modifying?
- What elements would you add? Do you have resources, materials, or lesson plans you already use that you could adapt or incorporate to better personalize the suggested approach to read-alouds?
- What help or support would you need to present this approach in your own classroom?
- What changes, if any, would you need to make to your school schedule or to your classroom environment for this practice to succeed for your students?