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Saskatchewan Reading Conference

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On April 25th-26th I had the privilege of presenting at the 2013 Saskatchewan Reading Conference in Moose Jaw  Saskatchewan.  They have had the snowiest winter in history in Saskatchewan and there was still snow on the ground when the plane landed!  The venue for the conference was a hockey rink – home of the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors.  I made a lot of connections as I spend many hours in hockey rinks with my boys!   This was a first for me, however, presenting a workshop in one!  When I saw the back doors opening up during my presentation, I thought “Uh-oh – the zamboni is coming!”  When I told my son Oliver about the venue the only thing he wanted to know was:  “Was your face on the Jumbo Tron?”  

The event was attended by over 300 teachers and several extremely well respected speakers with whom I felt privileged to be among – including  Kylene Beers/Bob Probst (authors of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading)  Sue Jackson (Scholastic’s National Literacy Consultant), David Booth (author of Reading Doesn’t Matter Anymore and MANY others!)   Aimee Buckner (Author of Notebook Know-How), Kathy Cassidy (author of Connected From the Start: Global Learning int he Primary Grades)   I was fortunate enough to attend Kylene and Bob’s presentation and am excited about trying some of these ideas out with my students when we are reading our novels for Lit. Circles.  

Although my workshop sessions were focused on an Introduction to Reading Power, I was amazed at how many teachers already knew and were using some of the strategies in their classrooms.  The response I received  was extremely positive and many teachers were kind enough to come up to me and tell me personally how Reading Power had changed the way they thought about reading instruction.  I could not have received a bigger compliment. 

Thank you to Tana Arnott and Amanda Hassen and their team for all their hard work to organize this event.  I look forward to visiting Saskatchewan again very soon!  

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School Visit

Auguston Demos

Auguston Demos

Auguston Traditional School – Abbotsford

On April 24th, I was invited to Auguston Traditional School in Abbotsford to do some Writing Power demonstration lessons with K-5 classes. This was a follow up session to a Writing Power workshop that the staff had attended last year.  Most of our classes have been using Writing Power and I went in to help move their learning foward.  I focused on some important writing lessons including Walking Stories and Climbing Stories with the grade 2’s, 4 Corner Picture Planning with the Grade 1’s, Personification with the grade 5’s and Organizing Ideas in writing with the Grade 4’s.  The principal, Woody Bradford, the staff and the students welcomed me with warmth and hospitality and made me feel right at home.  The school is beautiful and is fully equipped with Smart Boards, Mac Computers and Ipads!  I had to put my very limited Smart Board skills to the test!  Workshops are good for overviews, but the real learning I feel happens in classrooms with real students doing real writing.  I loved watching the students respond so positively to the lessons and seeing how they tried out what they had learned.  Thanks for a wonderful day, Auguston!

Learning together

Learning together

                        

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