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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





Literacy and Inquiry with Kath Murdoch


We had two great days of inquiry thinking and learning with Kath Murdoch this weekend as well as two additional days with our ES and MS faculties last week. Through it all, we came away with a wealth of practical classroom strategies and thoughtful reading materials to help us all in our pursuit of being inquiring learners. For ISM teachers, please find several resources on the portal here: \\server17\stares$\2011-12 Professional Learning\Professional Learning\Professional Days at ISM\2011-2012\Jan 26-29 – Kath Murdoch

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” Dr. Haim Ginott

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Literacy and Inquiry with Kath Murdoch – January 26-29, 2012

On Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, ISM will host Kath Murdoch from Australia to speak about Inquiry and Literacy. In this workshop, Kath explores the links between an inquiry approach and literacy in the primary school. There is an increasing awareness of the need for students to “make connections” in their learning – to see the links between learning areas; to link prior and new knowledge; theory to action, and classroom learning to the “real world.” As teachers, we are now striving to make our classrooms places wehre students are given the tools to help them become life long learners. How do we do all of this and ensure that we are “covering” the literacy demands of the curriculum as well?

As students explore topics and issues of substance across the curriculum, they work with and generate written, visual and oral texts. These texts provide us with wonderful literacy teaching opportunities and the chance to really stretch students’ thinking skills. At each stage of an inquiry, we can challenge students to use reading, writing, speadking and listening skills for worthwhile purposes and gradually find ourselves planning and teaching in much more efficient and powerful ways.

Kath will also spend the previous Thursday and Friday at ISM working with elementary and middle school teachers and students to model the Inquiry approach to learning and to observe ISM teachers in action. This will be a very enriching four days and we look forward to our professional learning experience with Kath.

For information and registration details on the weekend workshop: Literacy and Inquiry Workshop Flyer

Register online for January 28-29 at: http://bit.ly/tSiY3T

For inquiries, kindly contact Armie Bausas bausasa@ismanila.org

Inquiry into Science Inquiry: An Interactive Look at Effective Strategies

Inquiry into Science Inquiry: An Interactive Look at Effective Strategies
Consultant: John Stiles
November 5-6, 2011
Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok

This course is an introduction to the research-based best practic3e of science teaching using inquiry, the prevailing science education paradigm, as the approach. Participants in this interactive course will learn about the research base for using inquiry strategies, participate in modeled lessons, reflect on their learning and teaching in light of inquiry, view and discuss videos of exemplary teachers of inquiry, interact with well-known experts in the field of science education via electronic communication, and plan their own inquiry-based lesson.

For more information, kindly click on this link: Course Overview

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