For those lucky educators going to the annual Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA) Conference in San Antonio, TX next week, here is a rundown of the presentations being given by two wonderful Stenhouse authors. Learn how to empower and engage your students and think beyond leveled books with Franki Sibberson. And join Jeff Anderson to learn about harnessing language convention to purposefully activate meaning in both comprehension and composition. Enhance your professional learning with these dynamic presenters.
Saturday, 1/26, 8:30–10:00 a.m., Regency/Second Floor – Ballroom Level
“Passionate Learners—How to Engage And Empower Your Students” Franki Sibberson, President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a fifth-grade teacher in Dublin, Ohio, where she has taught for over 30 years. She has co-authored several books including Beyond Leveled Books and Still Learning to Read. Franki is a regular contributor to Choice Literacy and she blogs with Mary Lee Hahn at a Year of Reading.
Saturday, 1/26 1:30–3:45 p.m., Live Oak/Third Floor – Hill Country Level
“Workshop With Franki Sibberson: Beyond Leveled Books” If we are committed to creating classrooms that grow lifelong readers, every reader needs to find joy and purpose in reading. This is not possible when we rely too heavily on levels. In this workshop, Franki will discuss the limitations of levels and the importance of looking beyond level when creating classroom libraries, conferring with students, and planning for instruction. Lists of books that Franki has used with her students will be shared.
Sunday, 1/27, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Rio Grande/Second Floor
“Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers Into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1–5” Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Explore ways to harness language conventions to purposefully activate meaning in both comprehension and composition. Author’s purpose is why, and author’s craft is how. How do we move the conventions of language from being viewed as a right and wrong proposition with only one correct answer? We know we acquire language through imitation. That’s how we learned to talk, read, and write, and if done well, language conventions can also be explored with ease and enthusiasm in much the same way. Come discover brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that grows young writers and readers.
Don’t miss these opportunities!