Featured strategies and techniques from past sessions
If you missed a session, or simply misplaced a handout from a PDA (Professional Development Activity) session, you've come to the right place. Get caught up in just a few clicks!
PDA: March 16, 2017
This session offered excellent strategies from Kelly Gallagher, whose many books on literacy instruction are highly recommended. Literacy Charts include the Flip Side Chart (have students look at the flip side of the story, or of the history); Positive-Negative Chart (chart a character's journey through highs and lows, although it could be adapted to a country's experiences across decades - to name just one possibility); and, Responsibility Pie Charts (useful for "To what extent?" questions in almost any subject). Literary Dominoes can be used for cause and effect lessons in History, for literary analysis, or for any subject in which sequential developments are important and can be analyzed. Mystery Envelopes are a fun way to give student teams in class different sets of questions (based on fiction, nonfiction or content) to discuss and share out with the rest of the class; each group finds out their question by opening the mystery envelope). For more, see the PDF files attached below.
You may recognize the slides in the file below from the March 28 inservice. Craig created these to use with Microlab sessions. The You can download and adjust these slides to fit whatever topic you are studying. See the sticky note comments on slides for more information. NOTE: This is a Keynote file. If you have a Mac, you have Keynote on your computer (but the Keynote application may need to be updated to read and edit this file).