Elementary Reading and Writing Workshops in the Inquiry Classroom with Kathy Collins, Feb 14-15, 2015

ISM is very pleased to host Kathy Collins for this 2-day workshop to support elementary teachers with reading and writing in an inquiry classroom. We hope that you will choose to attend.

Workshop Overview:

For a great many teachers, an underlying tension exists when we strive to be well-planned, yet we also want to infuse our reading and writing workshops with an inquiry-mindset. On one hand, teachers may appreciate the instructional security of pre-imagined units of study to help guide their day-to-day teaching, yet on the other hand, they resist instruction that feels scripted, mandated, and meant for classrooms elsewhere. The challenge is to create conditions within our workshops so that children learn all they need to know to become engaged, strategic readers and writers, while also making room for them to pursue questions, projects, and interests that may arise.

This two-day workshop is designed for teachers who are developing reading and writing workshops in their classrooms but who also want to ensure that children’s experiences as readers and writers are filled with a spirit of inquiry and unforeseen possibilities. With the support of activities, demonstrations, and video, elementary grade teachers will consider these questions:

  1. How do we implement reading and writing workshops characterized by equal parts intention and joy?
  2. What are research-based best practices for effective whole-group, small group, and one-to-one instruction?
  3. How can we fit an inquiry mindset into our reading and writing curricula and balanced literacy components?

These sessions will be full of practical ideas and classroom strategies to help teachers find the sweet spot that exists between being well-planned and being highly responsive, between implementing reading and writing workshops and an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.

The days will be divided into these portions:

  1. A wide-angled look at a comprehensive literacy approach that issues invitations to all learners
  2. A zoomed-in examination of best practices within workshop teaching
  3. A close-up look at ways to make room in the reading and writing workshop for inquiry-based teaching and learning
  4. A focus on supporting children’s engagement and intention as readers, writers, talkers, and thinkers

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