Category Archives: Literacy
(1) Google Mania Takes Over in July read it here
(2) To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare read it here
(3) St. Louis Summer 2015 Reading Clubs read it here
(4) Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO read it here
(5) Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Help Students Focus read it here
Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis‘ Director of Community Engagement & Education, Jennifer Wintzer, will share at the CharacterPlus National Conference how Shakespeare’s characters have grit. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ educational touring ensemble hits the road each school year with 50-minute adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, companion resource guides and supplemental workshops for students grades K-12. Explore the festival’s theatrical approach to character education with this exciting breakout session. Using key principles of character education, she will guide participants through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of some of the Bard’s most famous (and infamous) characters. You will enhance content knowledge and will learn theatre activities that support student understanding of ethical and civic values such as respect, trustworthiness, caring and fairness within the context of Shakespeare’s plays.
Jennifer’s presentation at the conference takes place just after this season’s production of Antony and Cleopatra closes (running May 22- June 14 in Forest Park). Admission to all performances is free, and this year marks the 15th anniversary of plays in the park.
The last couple of years, we’ve shared area summer reading clubs from local libraries. Here are a few for this year to consider- each is set up a little differently- some have already started!
St. Louis Public Library | May 4 – July 25. Join Every Hero Has a Story, the St. Louis Public Library’s reading club. There are two categories, for babies through elementary school, and middle through high school. The rules are simple:
• Turn in a Summer Reading Club Reading Record at any St. Louis Public Library between May 4 and July 25.
• Keep track of the library books and/or magazines you read or listen to (eBooks & audio books count too!).
• Each time you complete five books, win a small prize, and keep reading. Prizes available May 11. Age-appropriate prizes are available for babies and toddlers.
St. Charles City-County Library District | June 1 – August 1. Teens “15 hours of reading completes the program to receive a book and entry into the grand prize drawing. Read 60 more hours to receive a bonus prize and enter the drawing again! Win ca$h in the grand prize drawing!” Learn more here.
Early Readers Club and Kids Reading Club can still pick up a print log sheet at the library to help track their reading. In order to redeem prizes, participants must register and enter their reading online, which can be done at the library or from any device with internet access. Schools frequently ask for student participation numbers and taking the club online provides us with accurate statistics. Learn more here.
Come explore free online resources, create with web-based and app-based tools and plan tech-rich activities and lessons to use in your learning setting right away!
“Head counselor” Gail Lovely is a teacher and a learner. Gail has a degree in psychology from UCLA and her MS in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Gail has taught learners from ages 2 to 82 and is passionate about learning with them as she teaches. She is known for her passion for technology as a tool and is known for her practical approach to education, her appreciation and admiration for teaching and learning and her skill at making the complex understandable and the difficult manageable.
Learn more about the agenda each day and how to register here.
Tech Camp Dates
Monday, June 1, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
[To see who else is sharing their best practices this summer, click here.]
Reading is the best predictor of overall achievement. A comprehensive literacy approach is the single best predictor of reading success for all students. If you want to enhance literacy and reduce the achievement gap, Kagan Comprehensive Literacy K-5 is for you!
In this two-day workshop on Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3, participants will learn engaging instructional strategies to incorporate balanced literacy into their daily curriculum. Experience and learn to apply fresh Kagan Structures that dramatically increase not only reading comprehension, but also vocabulary, reading fluency, writing, word study and phonemic awareness. Learn remedies for reluctant and struggling readers; increase reading fluency and comprehension among all students. You’ll create a more balanced and interactive literacy approach in your classroom.
Learn more and register online by clicking here.