Build Knowledge Across Disciplines

March 16, 2015

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Do You Teach ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, or the Extended Core?

Do you want to know more about high yield strategies that help students build and deepen their reading comprehension?

This one-day seminar focuses on moving through questioning levels using a variety of text and discipline-based content. Participants will understand how Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels and the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy levels support the expectations of the CCSS and will develop questions and instructional prompts to facilitate partner, small and whole class discussions. Questioning methods such as QAR will be practiced. Discussion structures, such as fishbowl, pinwheel, and Socratic seminar will be explored providing a variety of rich opportunities for student collaboration and conversation to deepen comprehension. Video lessons will provide models of exemplary classroom conversations and teacher questioning. Participants will receive checklists for rigor (application of DOK and Bloom’s Taxonomy) and components of effective collaboration and academic conversations.

Participant Outcomes:

1. Recognize and create series of question prompts supporting understanding text at various levels.

2. Review and use checklists for examining questions and instruction related to rigor- Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

3. Determine the components for structuring and/or guiding effective whole and small group discussion.

4. Explore a variety of questioning and discussion structures designed to increase student collaboration and academic conversation and improve reading comprehension.

5. Develop a series of questions and a lesson plan supporting collaboration and discussion for a participant selected sample text.

An Interdisciplinary Professional Development