The Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) 50th Annual Conference is coming up soon. Check out the scheduled presentations from these inspiring Stenhouse authors and give your professional learning a boost!
- Thursday, 4/4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., “The Writing Thief: Where Literature Lives in the Writing Classroom” It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Using the Traits of Writing as a guide, explore new books so student writers thrive.
- Thursday, 4/4, 3:00 m. – 4:15, KEYNOTE “What’s in Your Writing Wallet? Yes You Can Teach Writing Well Without Worksheets” Explore new ways to teach writers without worksheets – ways that really work. Learn how to create and manage a Writing Wallet that you can use right away as you help students understand writing process – especially revision and editing.
Gravity Goldberg, new Stenhouse resource coming soon!
- Thursday, 4/4, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., “Teach Like Yourself: Why Your Students Need You to Be You” What your students need most is for you to show up fully as yourself in the classroom. When you are your most authentic teacher self you give permission for your students to be the same and the real work of learning can happen.
- Thursday, 4/4, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., AUTHORS AND APPETIZERS
- Friday, 4/5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., “Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language” Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Where do concept formation and mentor texts fit in? Come discover brain-based, practical ways to use the reading and writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that enhances composition and comprehension.
- Friday, 4/5, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 a.m., “Inspiring Learners: Embedding Social and Emotional Skills in Literacy Workshops” Social and emotional learning is at the heart of good teaching, but as standards and testing requirements consume classroom time and divert teachers' focus; these critical skills often get sidelined. This session will show how to teach social and emotional skills with engaging and integrated literacy lessons.
- Friday, 4/5, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., “Everyone is a Teacher in a Writing Community” Diane and Lynne discuss their rationale for foregrounding formative assessment in classrooms, addressing how we help students build their writing identity, and how we use that knowledge to inform instruction. The facilitators explore peer, small, and whole group conferences with video clips, giving close-ups of writing workshop in action.
- Friday, 4/5, 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., CLOSING KEYNOTE “Let’s Switch Questioning Around-Reigniting Readers’ Sense of Wonder” Teachers get weary of always being the ones responsible for asking the questions. Research is clear. Whoever is asking the question is the one who is learning. When the experts get to ask all the questions, students’ thinking shuts down. During this keynote, Cris will ask teachers to consider questioning in a different light. She will encourage participants to examine how questions drives their comprehension and consider how they can use what they discover to reignite their students’ curiosity about required curricula and content.