Literacy, Laughter, and Learning
This lively, interactive, idea-packed and laughter-filled presentation is for teachers who want to deliver effective literacy instruction to all their students. Strategies for developing phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension abilities will be shared. Classroom-tested activities based on scientific research will enable teachers to meet Common Core Standards while having fun with their students. Teachers will leave this dynamic workshop with many ideas that will engage all students in learning and improve their reading achievement.
Creating Strategic Readers in the Secondary Classroom
This practical and enjoyable workshop will focus on instructional strategies, activities and materials that will assist secondary students in becoming better readers in all content areas. Research-based and effective instructional practices for creating interest in reading and for developing vocabulary, fluency and comprehension abilities will be shared. Teachers will learn how to engage students more actively in reading, meet Common Core Standards, improve test scores, increase achievement, differentiate instruction, encourage higher level thinking and instill an interest in reading.
Literacy Instruction: What Every Administrator Should Know
As instructional leaders, administrators and coaches need to know what constitutes effective literacy programs and how to support their development and implementation. This engaging, informative and practical workshop will present ideas that administrators can utilize to support teachers’ efforts to improve student achievement, increase test scores, differentiate instruction, help their students enjoy reading and writing and develop life-long learners. Instructional strategies that address the Common Core Standards will be shared.
Mary Bigler shares the joy and wonder of reading by introducing books that will tickle children's funny bones, light up their eyes or touch their hearts. Joke books, picture books, novelty books, poetry, informational texts and resource books will be featured. She discusses the importance of reading aloud to children and demonstrates how to actively engage children in reading so that every child experiences success.
Comprehension Activities That Work
Evidenced-based research supporting strategies that assist students in close reading and comprehension of informational and narrative text will be introduced in this workshop. Activities that help students monitor their reading, self-question, identify main ideas, infer and predict while they read, visualize and summarize what they read and engage in higher level thinking will be shared in this practical and informative program.
Listening, Laughing and Learning
Songs, chants, poems and books that engage students with language, will be featured in this interactive workshop featuring brain-based research. Ideas for improving children's listening and speaking abilities will be shared. Activities that build imagination, classroom community, phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition and fluency will be presented.
Customized Workshops and In-Service
Designed to meet the needs of your particular audience are available upon request.
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