In this series of videos, I take workshop participants through a lesson designed to explore how students can have personal and meaningful literacy experiences by connecting text and stories to their lives.
“I have found that to create meaningful literary experiences in the classroom I need to take into consideration the whole child – her life outside of school, her culture, and her skills and prior knowledge.”
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In this series of videos, I invite students to share personal stories and use those as an entry point for analyzing and discussing two texts, “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.
Archive of Session One of our Workshop
Thanks for taking part in a great first Session!
So that you can review our Workshop at any time, we’ve posted this archive of Session One. Please feel free to review it as you consider how you can engage students’ personal experiences to support their reading and learning.
When you’re ready, please check out the Driving Questions for Session 2, scheduled for Tuesday, August 29th.
These questions will help to refine your understanding of ways you can do more to engage the whole child in your classroom–her life outside of school, her culture, and her skills and prior knowledge; share and test your ideas for how you can adapt this approach to your own classroom; and get ready to support other teachers as they personalize this practice to serve their 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 teaching practice presented in Session One? How would you describe the impact this approach could have for your students?
- What about the teaching 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 to engage your students’ personal experience that you could adapt or incorporate to better personalize this reading-focused practice?
- What help or support would you need to present this practice 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?