October 14th, 2010
Presenters: Tonya DeGeorge & Zandra de Aroujo, UGA
Technology: PowerPoint. Black & white,Times New Roman. There was a “wordle” on the title page. When they ran out of handouts, they gave us their email address & said to request copies. Better than the last one, but would have been even better to give us a website to find/download them.
Hands-On: OK, it wasn’t really hands-on, but they did give us 4 math-themed graphic organizers that were only partially filled out and had us work together with out group to complete it. Good point made: Graphic Organizers shouldn’t need lots of explanation, their whole point is clearly show relationships. We also received a copy of roles for group work and got to practice it with the people at our table on a real math problem.
What I liked: Focus on vocabulary and reading strategies. They talked about graphic organizers in math, which is something I really like, but that I’ve been extremely slack about. I should totally do these for “do now” problems to activate prerequisite knowledge and for “tickets out the door” to see what they learned from the lesson. We also had good whole-group discussion time to reflect on what we are learning. (Note to self: I may need to do this part more with my students–I’m at the point right now where the majority of class time is group work and small group discussions, but wrapping up the ideas for everyone is very useful!)
Interesting: This is the first session where they mentioned any research. It seems to be largely about ESOL students, but as they say, strategies that are good for ESOL students are good for any struggling readers. They were also the only people who asked for feedback (verbal, during session) on how interesting/helpful their session was.