Literacy Retreat 2018
Captivate the Interest of the Under-Motivated
Describe the learners
Classrooms include a wide range of learners. Some are intrinsically motivated and others are easily frustrated.
Consider the impact of the instructor
Regardless of the students’ level of motivation, engaging instruction makes a positive impact on achievement.
Maximize brain & body connection
Redefine bell work/morning work.
Pairs review previously taught content using fun and funny movements.
STAND UP–Discuss the answer to a review question while executing the designated method of delivery.
SIT DOWN–Teacher shares (e.g., I heard…), confirming information and clarifying understanding, as needed.
Grade 2 Content Review
Review how voting affects communities
Review how businesses help communities
Review how money moves through communities
Grade 4 Content Review
Review the advantages of railroads
Review Indiana entrepreneurs
Review immigrants’ affect on the economy
Flexible environments enhance learning
Use furniture as objects in the service of learning.
HORSESHOE: Whole-class conversations are best when students can see each other.
PAIRS/SQUARES: Students think individually and share with a partner. Then two pairs discuss as a small group.
REPRESENT: After discussion time, a representative per group goes to the front of the class to share out.
FISHBOWL: Small group (i.e., fish) is encircled by remaining students (i.e., bowl)
Provide various seating options to honor students’ age and energy.
Teacher Joni Long provides a variety of seating options for her fourth graders at Ox Bow Elementary (Elkhart, IN).
Teacher Stacie Short provides flexible seating in her math classroom at Concord Intermediate School (Elkhart, IN).
Establish procedures and expectations with a flexible seating environment.
Learning sticks when we ingest & digest the content
Turn & Talk for 6-10 seconds to generate a quick answer with a partner
Pool thinking with peers and converse in writing
Introduce Think, Ink, Pair, Square activity procedures.
Incorporate the 1-2-3 Show Me strategy in a Q&A session to up participation during content review. Download a set of the Hold-Up cards and make a laminated set–one per student. With the cards on a ring, students flip to their answers, hide their selections, and wait for the teacher to say “Show me.”
The same strategy can be applied with whiteboard apps on their individual devices. Rather than choosing a laminated card, students write their answers on the whiteboard. Then they reveal their screens when the teacher says “1, 2, 3 Show Me.”
Apply 4 Talk Moves in whole-class discussion