Saturday, August 22, 2015

1st Annual Teachers as Readers Summer Professional Development

    The 1st Annual Williamsburg Area Reading Council's Teachers as Readers was a fantastic success! There were approximately 35 participants in the group this summer. The professional book that was used for study was Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6 by Lynee Dorfman and Rose Cappelli (Stenhouse, 2007).

    You can preview part of the text via Stenhouse Publisher's website: Preview Mentor Texts

    Participants who signed up by the deadline received a copy of the text to keep as a membership benefit. Independent reading assignments were given throughout the summer. The group met at the Berkeley's Green Club House on June 23rd and August 17th to discuss the reading and ideas for mentor texts with colleagues. 

     Participants were also required to join the group's private Edmodo page to share ideas in mid-July about the assigned reading. Group members also replied to posts made by other people in the learning community. An optional group Pinterest board was also created, where members of the TAR group shared links to mentor text suggestions. The Edmodo group will continue to share ideas, links, book ideas, and pictures of charts throughout the year to keep the learning going. The Pinterest board will also continue indefinitely, so feel free to follow our board by clicking here for the link: WARC Pinterest Board for Mentor Texts. Group members who completed the assignments earned recertification points for their efforts. Members enjoyed the book selection and look forward to putting the text to work during this upcoming school year! 

    If you want to participate in casual and informative professional development in the summer with us next year, mark your calendar. We'll post information about TAR for the Summer of 2016 in the spring via Facebook and on the blog. We look forward to you participating!