Reading Instruction: A Vital Balancing Act, K-6
Dates: July 8-August 19, 2020
Credit and Contact Hours: 3 credits 60+ online hours
Intended audience: teachers of grades K-8
Instructor: Ellen A. Thompson, Ed. D.
This online course will allow participants to understand more completely the vital components of a comprehensive balanced literacy approach for the teaching of reading. The use of intentional design, purposeful learning materials, evidenced based reading instruction, along with the strategic groupings of students based on data combine to create powerful learning for all students. This course will bring urgency to our literacy instruction to encourage and produce readers who really are engaged in their reading. As teachers we balance what is needed to make each reader successful. Using the text, This is Balanced Literacy, K-6, written by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nancy Akhavian, we will begin to develop the high impact learning experiences needed to push our readers into that deep thinking mode. All participants will use a cloud-hosted Learning Management System to gain new content information, contribute to large group and strand discussions, hand in and share assignments, and discuss readings, etc.