Workshops – Research-Based Strategies for Reading, Writing and Reasoning

This workshop will focus on using research-based strategies in reading, language arts, science and social studies with special emphasis on decoding and comprehension skills. It features proven methods for helping students to acquire reading strategies and effective writing skills using exciting literature to motivate students for reading, writing and research projects.

Topics to be explored

  • What research says works.
  • Developmentally appropriate reading activities
  • Thinking processes essential for competent readers
  • Comprehension skills made easy with literature
  • Teaching summarizing, cause/effect, decision-making, problem solving
  • Picture books appropriate for middle school/junior high
  • Bringing social studies alive with fiction and non fiction
  • Improving oral reading with concert reading
  • Fostering a climate that encourages risk-taking
  • Writing strategies to assure student success
  • Research projects in which students take pride
  • What makes a really good nonfiction book?
  • Building a strong working vocabulary
  • Developing critical reading and critical listening skills
  • Integrating non-fiction trade books in the reading program
  • Creating readers with readers theatre
  • Thinking skills essential for independent learning
  • Evaluation tools
  • A Workshop Speaking Directly to Your Concerns

    Meeting Performance Standards Using Scientifically-based Strategies

    Nancy Polette is Professor Emeritus at Lindenwood College. She has taught all the grades during thirty years in the public schools and has been Director of the Laboratory School during her twenty years at Lindenwood University. She is the author of over 150 professional books as well as the picture books, The Little Old Woman and the Hungry Cat and The Hole by the Apple Tree (both published by Greenwillow Books). School Library Journal describes Nancy as “an educator with imagination, creativity and an appreciation for the intelligence of children.”