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Audience: Appropriate for all grade levels
Katie Wood Ray
Read Aloud: An Essential Tool for the Teaching of Writing
The more teachers understand about the role reading plays in learning to write, the more purposeful they can be in selecting texts to support young writers and reading these texts aloud with intention. Explore the powerful tool of reading aloud in the writing workshop.
Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Guided Conversation
Over 160,000 students miss school each day because of fear. An alarming number of young people have taken their own lives as a result of the desperation associated with relentless bullying behavior. These behaviors begin in our preschool and elementary classrooms escalating into the middle grades. Let’s work together to create a culture of kindness and caring where bullying behaviors cannot thrive. Together we will explore the use of read aloud and guided conversations working through five layers of understanding to develop empathy, insight into bullying behaviors and appropriate responses when those behaviors occur.
IT’S ALL PERSONAL
From Violation to Redemption—circle my thematic world from ROTTEN RALPH to “Jack Henry” and “Joey Pigza” to the Newbery Medal winning DEAD END IN NORVELT to my young adult memoir, HOLE IN MY LIFE. What do all these books have in common besides my pen, cats, characters, history, and lots of catharsis? Join me as I circumnavigate my own world. (Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME)