Throughout the two days, participants will realize just how much important thinking and sophisticated strategizing children do as readers before they are reading conventionally, and Kathy will suggest ways we can support and nudge forward their reading identities, their oral language, and their meaning-making capabilities during this vibrant time. Through videos and in-person demonstrations, Kathy will share examples of classroom practices that foster reading development, whether or not children are reading conventionally.
Once children are beginning to read conventionally, Kathy will show why it’s so important to continue to support them as meaning-makers by sharing some of the latest research-based ideas for how to help children think deeply, talk well, and respond in alternative ways to their texts.
Throughout the days, participants will have opportunities to try out some of the teaching strategies and methods. It will be helpful if participants bring along the following: