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Saturday Seminars

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

WORD PLAY:
Writing to Support Reading, Thinking and Learning

Join HVWP at this Saturday Seminar for elementary and secondary teachers and education students. Presenters will share activities and techniques that show how experimentation with words, writing and image can deepen student engagement and understanding.


8:30-9 a.m. – REGISTRATION IN OLD MAIN BUILDING, 1907 Room


9-10:30 a.m. – INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:

ALIVE IN THE GAPS AND SPACES:
Discovering Meaning through Imaginative Response to Text
Erick Gordon, Teachers College, Columbia University 

Text, in its broadest sense—literature, nonfiction, photograph, artifact—is a world of imaginative possibility. Through transactional processes, readers make meaning in both what exists on the page, as well as what might be, filling in gaps and spaces around existing narratives. These processes occur naturally, even subliminally, as readers wonder about the incomplete details, grappling with scenarios of what could be. When these ephemeral wonderings take to the page, writers can layer text on text, pushing at boundaries to uncover new meaning.

In this interactive workshop, Erick Gordon will explore how through careful and deliberate scaffolding teachers can foster processes of creatively 'filling in' or 'building around' to support close reading, analytical thinking, and empathic interpretation in the classroom.

Dr. Erick Gordon
is the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers at Teachers College (CPET), Columbia University. He is a former classroom teacher, the founding director of the Student Press Initiative, and a past director of the New York City Writing Project. He also worked at the circus.

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – BREAK OUT WORKSHOPS (choose ONE)

WRITING INTO REVISION: Multi-layered Revision Strategies
Camille Alaimo, Newburgh Free Academy
ELA and ESL teachers will write multi-genre prologomenas, or "little prologues," based on a high-interest topic of their choosing, experimenting with a layered writing and revision technique as an entry point into research. (Grades 4-12)

AUTHENTIC LEARNING: Creating a Family Album
Yessina (Jess) Carrion, Poughkeepsie High School
Participants will examine student work and discuss opportunities for authentic learning in the foreign language classroom as they create a family album through the lens of students by using a limited vocabulary. (Grades 1-12)

MATHEMATICAL REASONING: Exploring Student Understanding through Writing
Lynn Grainger, Arlington Central School District
Considering the precise nature of the language of math, participants will explore how writing original word problems based on mathematical diagrams and/or equations can push students' understandings deeper. (Grades K-6)

This seminar will take place at SUNY New Paltz in the Old Main Building's 1907 Room on the ground floor, near Studley Theater. 

No pre-registration necessary to attend. Teachers wishing to document three inservice hours through MyLearningPlan.com should register online in advance at the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center website.

SAVE THE DATES:
April 5   Saturday Seminar on Art and Writing
May 19 Teaching English Language Learners in Early Childhood on May 10 at SUNY NP