Thank you Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors (GACIS) for a wonderful conference.
Here is a brief summary of my presentation Monday afternoon. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have questions or want more information.
I shared five strategic moves to support the teachers and students in your schools and districts.
- When designing writing tasks, be intentional about both the level of thinking and the level of difficulty. Use tools like D.O.K. or Bloom’s Taxonomy to determine the cognitive level. Consider background knowledge and how much support will be needed to determine the difficulty level. We tried the Transition-Action-Detail for narrative writing. It was not a difficult task, but it required a high level of thought to complete.
Intentionally embed opportunities for students to practice skills that foster creative thinking. We discussed three of the skills: generate, hypothesize, and associate. Here’s more information about the Content Frames I shared. Check out the four charts to spark student-generated metaphors.
- Deliberately open information gaps to inspire content curiosity. We discussed the difference between diversive and epistemic curiosity. We generated questions in the same way we would help our students avoid what Ralph Fletcher calls “Dump Truck Writing.”
Make content-rich vocabulary and academic language accessible to all students. Remember that effective words walls go beyond visual compliance. We want our students to use the words in their classroom discussion and writing. We also discussed the importance of word banks. We ended this section with DRAW-LABEL-SUMMARIZE.
- Use effective feedback to empower students and tweak instruction. Analytic rubrics are great to use as teaching rubrics. They allow us to give students explicit feedback. We also played around with the Question Chart for student writers to use to form questions to help peers elaborate on writing.
You can read about each of these strategic moves in my new book, Moving Beyond Quadrant A. It includes a variety of tactics, tools, and techniques to help support your teachers and students.
Again, thank you for a great session.