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6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Series - Day 4: Instructional Practices in Speaking, Listening, and Discussion

March 4, 2020 - 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Event Description

Target Audience: Grades 6-12 ELA Teachers

Research shows that intentional collaboration through speaking, listening and discussion helps students gain a deeper understanding of content across disciplines. While students are often asked to collaborate, they may not be formally instructed in how to interact effectively. This session explores classroom routines and activities to help students gain skills for communication and  collaboration. Staff members are highly encouraged to attend in cross-disciplinary teams representing English, science, social studies / history and math, as well as administrators and support staff. The training begins with the whole group learning together about the theory and components of secondary writing instruction. Next, participants will break into discipline-specific groups for content-focused learning facilitated by ISD consultants. The last hour of the session will include time to meet as school teams to process the day’s learning, and plan next steps.

Participants will leave with a general understanding of 
  • how to design meaningful opportunities for students to collaborate within, and beyond, the secondary classroom
  • what effective student communication looks like in the secondary classroom as well as in each of the four core disciplines
  • how intentional instruction in collaborating with peers supports content learning and increases engagement
  • research-supported ways to provide regular opportunities for students to practice questioning skills, listening skills, respectful disagreement, and engage in collaborative sense-making 

Event Details

  • When:
    March 4, 2020 to - 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Where:
    MISD
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