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Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5

About This Workshop

Asking Questions: An Interactive Guide
1. Foundations

2. Looking at Literature

3. Starting Classroom Conversations

4. Classroom Dialogues

5. Using Art and Other Disciplines To Enrich Classroom Conversations

6. Beginning the Year

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

Site Map

Workshop 9. The Professional Teacher

   Many different 'settings' are good for sharing ideas.Classroom Connection

Student Activities

Try these activities with your students.
  • Experiment with some of the Suggested Uses of Sticky Notes (PDF) listed in the workshop resources for this session.
  • Use the Student Survey (PDF) provided in the workshop resources for this session to probe student responses to classroom activities (or develop a similar survey of your own). Analyze survey responses for patterns that might help you fine-tune your instruction.
  • Try "Save the Last Word for Me" (the activity demonstrated by BJ Namba and her collegial group in this workshop session) with your students: Ask them to identify a significant passage from their reading and write it on a card; then ask them to write the reason they chose the passage on the other side of the card. In groups, have them share their passages, and have group members discuss why they thought the passage was chosen before the reason is revealed.

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