Inquiring Minds Want to Read and Write: Framing Curriculum and Instruction as Inquiry

October 30, 2013 (0 Comments)

Posted by: ASLC

Want to engage and excite your students in reading and writing? Wondering how to use the Inquiry process to deepen your instruction? Renowned author, researcher and presenter Jeffery Wilhelm will be presenting an interactive workshop designed to build a community of readers and writers in your classroom.

"This interactive workshop will pursue several strands:
1) What is inquiry and why does this structure engage and assist learners? You will examine inquiry, and how inquiry contexts embed assistance in literacy, deep conceptual understanding, and naturally lead to social action.

2) How can we reframe units we already teach as problems to be solved through the use of “Big” or “Essential” Questions?

3) How can we use questioning and discussion techniques to make reading and writing activities into a form of inquiry? It will examine inquiry approaches to curriculum and instruction, from reframing curriculum through essential questions to frontloading and effective questioning at the lesson level. Special attention will be given to approaches for helping students use inquiry strategies to comprehend text, ways to facilitate powerful inquiry driven discussions, and methods for creatingmeaningful assessments that drive literacy learning.

4) How can we use inquiry to create a community of learners working for social action and service? Dr. Wilhelm will discuss how group work/differentiation combined with inquiry, deep conceptual understanding, and social action creates a community and network or learners doing significant work together."

Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is an internationally-known educator, author, and presenter. A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Dr. Wilhelm is currently Professor of English Education at Boise State University. He is the founding director of the Maine Writing Project and the Boise State Writing Project. He has authored or co-authored 17 texts about literacy teaching and has won the two top research awards in English Education.  


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