Coffee for the Brain

Final Insights for 2015-16

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If you need summer credits, this workshop is for you!

How do we provide the optimum environment to motivate students to learn and grow? How do we motivate them to engage deeply and not just comply? Engaging Students with Inquiry will help you create inquiry lessons/units that spark curiosity and develop a community of thinkers and learners. This workshop is applicable to all content areas and grade levels.

We are currently offering 1 credit for the workshop, but we are working on making a second credit available for those who want/need it. Some of the topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Workshop Model
  • Questioning Strategies
  • Document-based Inquiry
  • Essential Questions
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Student Engagement

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1. It's fun.

2. It keeps your imagination active.

3. It strengthens your relationship with the children in your life who read.

4. It sets an example for the children in your life, making them more likely to become


5. It clues you in on cultural references that you may have missed (both current and


6. It's fast. Children's books are usually shorter than adult books, so if you don't think you

have time to read, you DO have time to read children's books.

7. It allows you to read across genres. Children's books aren't limited to mystery OR

science fiction OR fantasy OR literary fiction. They can have it all.

8. It's like time travel - it's an easy way to remember the child you once were, when you

first read a book.

9. It's often inspirational - reading about heroes and bravery and loyalty makes you

want to be a better person. And couldn't we all do with some of that?

My addition:

10. It allows you to match kids with good fit books. :)

Thinking Child

The Literacy Shed now has a 'Thinking Child' shed which links thinking and learning. "They offer regular practice at things like problem solving, predicting, playing with language and making mistakes: they encourage children to brainstorm ideas and exercise creative thinking."

Check it out:

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See you next school year!

Chris Cahoon

Please feel free to contact me for support. I'm happy to be a thinking partner as you plan and prepare for next year! I'm available to help plan lessons, model lessons, facilitate teaching labs, find resources for you, or whatever you might need.