This week I am attending a 5 day professional development, Implementing Activity Centers, based on 6 Principles of Learning for Effective Pedagogy- designed to advance achievement for ELLs. The title sounds so philosophical, but the workshop is full of practical applications for the classroom. Here are a few glimpses into the the workshop.
- presenter: university professor, head of ESL certification program, Estonian born in US into an immigrant family, nature photographer
- participants: group ranges from undergrad education majors to a teacher with 37 years of teaching experience
- workshop schedule: 5 days, 8:30-3:00
- grant: paid cost of workshop (except for university credit) and $500 stipend for participants
- principles: Joint Productive Activity (collaboration), Language and Literacy Development (sustained reading, writing, and speaking activities), Contextualization (connect to what students already know from home, school, or community), Challenging Activities (complex thinking), Instructional Conversation (goal directed conversation, higher rates of student talk than teacher talk), Critical Stance (real world context)
- what the workshop looks like: we are active participants, we are grouped in various ways throughout the day, we reflect on each activity
I will have more of a reflection on the whole workshop later. So far, I can say I know I will have a lot of ideas and anticipate having a plan to implement them.