Michelle’s workshops for Teachers and Teachers in Training

Racially Inclusive English Curricula 
Immigration accounts for 72% of Norway’s recent population growth, making the country’s cultural and ethnic diversity greater than ever. As we have seen with changing demographics in American classrooms, as student diversity increases, so does the need for curricular representation. In this workshop teachers evaluate their current instructional materials and explore resources they can use to increase diverse perspectives in their English content. 

Multimodal Tools for Student Creation 
In this hands-on workshop, teachers explore several free online tools they can use with students to increase multimodality, creativity, and collaboration. Together we will practice creating video, audio, and images using the collaborative media platform HitRecord. Additionally, we will experiment with tools for student podcasting and bookmaking. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have designed a multimodal communication project they can take back to their English classroom and use with their students. 

Teacher Inquiry Group—Reader’s Workshop 
This workshop provides teachers with the opportunity to read and discuss high-interest, young adult texts using a Reader’s Workshop format. As the facilitator, I will structure and guide our group to experience the benefits of this differentiated reading practice firsthand. Teachers can then apply these strategies and the insights gleaned from this inquiry to prepare and facilitate Reader’s Workshop with their English students. 

Teacher Inquiry Group—Writer’s Workshop 
This workshop provides teachers with the opportunity to compose original writing in English and share their work using a Writer’s Workshop format. As the facilitator, I will structure and guide our group to experience the benefits of this differentiated writing practice firsthand. Teachers can then apply these strategies and the insights gleaned from this inquiry to prepare and facilitate Writer’s Workshop with their English students. 

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