{{Bursting}} With Knowledge!! :o) - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

{{Bursting}} With Knowledge!! :o)

Ohmigosh, ohmigosh, ohmigosh, ohmigosh, ohmigosh!!!

I'm seriously bursting with all the knowledge I acquired at our Summer Literacy Institute. Have you ever felt that way after a workshop or really awesome staff development? You just can't even wait to get started, but at the same time, you are overwhelmed with how to implement all the amazing stuff you just learned about...?

That's me. And I taught a break-out session all three days, so I wasn't even able to attend the other break-out sessions... I'm almost afraid of what I'd feel like if I HAD been able to attend other sessions too. My head might have exploded! :-P What I'm sharing with you in this post came from our amazing keynote speakers we had each day! I'll be sharing what my partner and I taught in our break-out session in a future post (or two) as well! :) Of course, these are only just a few of the amazing things we were immersed into this week, but I hope you'll find them helpful!

The first day, our keynote speaker was Dr. Marcia Tate, author of the books, Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites. She is all about using engaging instructional strategies to teach, and so am I! None of her strategies are "new ideas" to me really, but she was so positive and uplifting as she went through her presentation, it really pumped me up to ENSURE I use these strategies even MORE in my classroom.
(Background is by Clipart Cuties, the frame is by Lovin Lit, and of course, the font is by me!)
I'm going to print this to keep with my lesson plan book to remind me to incorporate these strategies daily, and if you'd like, you can, too! Click here to get this printout for free! :)

Our second day, we had Linda Hoyt for our keynote speaker. She is the QUEEN of non-fiction! She shared a strategy called VIP - Very Important Points. The students take a sticky note and cut it into smaller strips. As they read, they mark in the text the points they think are very important. Because they only have 3-5 (depending on how small they cut the sticky note), they must choose carefully to determine importance. After, they talk to each other to explain why they chose the points they did, and why they are important. I thought this would be a great help to researching, along with general comprehension of course. I will definitely be using this strategy!

Today was the last day of the Institute, and we ended with a bang! Dr. Douglas Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey shared the stage to share about close reading and text dependent questions. (Click the links for articles written by these two!) I am going to share a video below that they shared with us today because whether you are a 1st grade teacher or a 4th grade teacher or a middle school teacher, this FIRST GRADE classroom should be an inspiration to you when it comes to close reading! If these first graders can take it to this level, we can totally do it in any grade! This shows the importance of setting high expectations for your students.

Some tidbits about the video:
*this teacher pulled the article they are reading together from NEWSWEEK. There is a push for complex texts in all grades, and we must not forget that we have to stretch their listening comprehension as their reading comprehension catches up!
*the teacher NEVER corrects "wrong" thinking. He keeps going so they can change their thinking later.
*I love the way he is constantly assessing their understanding having the students use sign language to demonstrate whether they agree or disagree with someone's answer.
*I also love how he has trained them to speak politely when they disagree!

Get ready to be blown away by some smarty-pants!
There are lots of other videos on their YouTube channel if you're interested! :)

I hope this post was helpful to you, and not overwhelming. :-P I considered spreading this out over three days, but I just couldn't hold it in! :o)

I'd love to know if there was anything that got you excited in this post!


  1. It sounds like it was a great institute. :) Thanks for sharing what you learned. :)
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  2. I just love Marcia Tate. She's such a motivating presenter. I've purchased several of her books in my library for my teachers. Sounds like you had a really great professional day. Great video! I know I'm constantly learning to improve reading instruction.

  3. Thanks for typing up the list of strategies! I also love the name of that woman's book about worksheets. I'll have to check that out.

    Literacy Spark

  4. I am interested in more close reading and text dependent questions. These are what we are expected to use these formats in our instruction. Going to check out your links :) I am jealous you got to experience some awesome PD, ours haven't been very good lately.

    I {Heart} Recess

  5. We saw Dr. Tate last summer. It was a great training! Great PD in the summer is definitely a good way to start the new school year....you get lots of fresh ideas!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  6. I love the idea of cutting the post-its and having them mark the most important details. So many times, they think everything is the most important :) This will make them really focus..thanks for sharing!

  7. I completely understand! I attended a Kagan training last week and was overflowing, too. :)

    Thanks so much for the print out. It is such a good reminder to mix things up. Looking at the list I would definitely say role playing, humor, and music are the 3 I need to practice integrating more!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  8. It sounds like you had some excellent speakers. Linda Hoyt is one of my all time favorites. I love the VIP idea.

    Thank you for sharing.


  9. Wow, I am definitely overwhelmed by this video... I have some mixed emotions about it. First grade?! Seriously! "I respectfully disagree..." Love it! I will be using that language with my third graders! I LOVE the VIP strategy and cutting the Post-Its. I am stealing that idea for sure!

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful PD. For me, blog reading is the best PD I get!!!

    Koonce’s Korner

  10. I love when I attend professional development that is so beneficial! Unfortunately, it's been years-we haven't had the funding to attend these kinds of institutes, so I appreciate you sharing! Very impressive video! I like the words they use to disagree too. Thanks for the instructional strategies-great reminder for the plan book! Lots of great information!
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  11. I can attest to the success of using VIP's in the classroom. I was introduced to the idea about ten years ago in a professional development reading strategies class that I took one summer at a local community college. I started using them immediately come the new school year and have continually used them in all my classes, including Religion. They are a great thinking tool!!!!

  12. The video was wonderful! First grade...OMG! I forwarded it on to the leadership team. You can definitely tell that he implements all of this stuff in his classroom regularly. It was not rehearsed for the sake of taping. I want to be able to hang stuff all over the room like he does. The fire marshal would ticket me for sure!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  13. I love when you leave PD feeling uplifted and motivated instead of overwhelmed and stressed. Thanks for sharing all of this great PD. I can't wait to hear about your break-out session. I can't believe the language he uses with his class - I often look for a word that I think the kids will already know/understand - but he used words like annotations with his grade ones!!

  14. I'll have to come back for the video, but I love the post-it note idea. Sounds like you have a lot to digest!

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  15. Holy Moly, Jivey! I am amazed at the kids, the teaching, and the people you were able to see! I feel like I'm as excited by the whole thing as you must be, and I wasn't even there. I can't wait to click on the articles, and get these ideas going in my planning! I even love the way the teacher had a student demonstrating the following along on the overhead (although I can't believe he HAD and overhead!). That's an awesome way to keep a squirmy kid engaged...DUH! Why haven't I thought of that before???

  16. I love Marcia Tate! She came to our school a couple years ago and changed my way of thinking. Dendrites and all!!!! I own almost everyone of her books and love her! Did I mention that I just LOVE her! Keep sharing stuff...I feel like I need a refresher course.
    The Teacher Next Door

  17. Thanks for sharing! I love the picking out the important information with post-its.

    Blessings of a Teacher

  18. Wow! That video was awesome. I'm thinking I don't expect enough of my kiddos. Thank you so much for sharing.


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