Presentation on theme: "BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE LITERACY TEACHER. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS What do I know about the LEARNER? How do these understandings IMPACT TEACHING AND LEARNING?"— Presentation transcript:
BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE LITERACY TEACHER
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS What do I know about the LEARNER? How do these understandings IMPACT TEACHING AND LEARNING? 8 PRINCIPLES
8 PRINCIPLES TO SUCCESSFUL LITERACY INSTRUCTION
PRINCIPLE 1 Effective Teachers Appreciate the Uniqueness of Young Adolescents THINK: What characteristics need to be considered when teaching the adolescent student?
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Growth spurts Physical Growth Nutrition Sleep habits Puberty Physical changes (i.e. Voice, facial hair, etc.) Cause self-consciousness
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Peer Groups High sensitivity Same-sex friendships flourish – for emotional support Search for Identity- who am I? Where am I going? Social Justice what’s “fair” New awareness of social issues (homelessness, the environment, etc.)
INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT Reasoning Ability -shift from concrete thinking (the apple is red) to abstract reasoning (How many apples would fit in the basket on the shelf?) Metacognition – become more reflective and begin to monitor their own learning Intellectual Curiosity – Become inquisitive and interested in real-life situations that are relevant to them
WHAT ARE THE INSTRUCTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF THESE DEVELOPMENTAL CHANGES?
INSTRUCTIONAL IMPLICATIONS Active Learning – Keep ‘ em moving Social Interactions – Collaboration! Authentic Activities-”Real” experiences Strategy Instruction-”tool box” Individualization – Differentiate Inquiry Learning-Problem Solving
TRY THIS: Using what you now know about adolescents and the way they see the world, design a small lesson with your group based on the Principles discussed. Use at least 3- Instructional Implications as you create your Mini-lesson. Be sure to include : Learning Objective Materials Activities Assessment
HERE IS YOUR TOPIC CHOICES: Word Building Vocabulary Geometry Measurement Conflict Resolution
PRINCIPLE 2: Effective Teachers Understand how Children Learn
STUDENT CENTERED VS. TEACHER CENTERED Student -CenteredTeacher – Centered ConstructivismBehaviorism Sociolinguistics Information Processing
PRINCIPLE 3: Effective Teachers Create a Nurturing Classroom Culture For successful literacy instruction......how is my classroom organized?....how is my classroom managed?....how is my classroom climate and community established?
ACTIVITY: Ideal Classroom Sketch Article – Questions 1-3 Physical space Management plan Starting each day Revise Sketch Climate?
PRINCIPLE 4: Effective Teachers adopt a Balanced Approach to Instruction
BALANCED LITERACY APPROACH Reading Literature Reading Nonfiction New Literacies (information technology) Literacy Strategies and Skills Oral Language Vocabulary Comprehension Writing Spelling Literacy in the Middle Grades: Teaching Reading and Writing to Fourth through Eighth Grades. Gail E. Tompkins, 2010.
PRINCIPLE 5: Effective Teachers Scaffold Students’ Reading and Writing
HOW DO WE DO ALL OF THIS? READING WORKSHOP MODEL Scaffold Approach using a Variety of Authentic Materials and Direct Strategy Instruction Modeled Shared Guided Independent
PRINCIPLE 6: Effective Teachers Organize for Literacy Instruction