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Wednesday Preconference: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Revitalizing the Writing Classroom
In recent years, school writing has become increasingly academic and many kids feel turned off. How can we bring some of the sizzle back to the writing classroom? Topics will include the power of the mentor texts, “greenbelt writing,” expanded choice of genre, and using photographs to spark young writers.
Thursday Keynote: 8:30am-9:45am
Lessons from Squirrels—Let Us Be Fearless
Have you ever sat and observed the movements of squirrels? They have something to teach us.
Lester will explore what it means to be fearless in our teaching.
Friday Keynote: 8:30am-9:45am
Sounding Out is Not Enough: Teaching for Transfer
Current and historical research clearly illustrates ow children construct strategic processing
systems as they learn to read and write. Learning how to read and write involves more than
decoding and “sounding out” words. This session will review rigorous research and demonstrate
teaching practices that support children as they build and transfer word analysis knowledge into
the problem solving of continuous text.