ABYDOS: A Weekend in Review
Session 1: Opening General Session
I’m going to be honest. I was on my phone for most of it. The organizers spoke for some of it, tooted their own horn, and then let an author read from and talk about her books. Pinterest was my saving grace.
Session 2: Scaffolding Inference for Deeper Connection
Session 3: Visible Learning: What Research Shows Works for Every Student... Every Time!
Session 4: Analysis Entente: A Guide to Finding and Communicating Meaning of Texts
Session 5: Mix It Up: Guiding Students into Meaning Using Mentor Texts
Session 6: Podcasting: Sound and Narrative
This session was so cool. It was basically the art of “reading” a podcast. I’ve been trying to figure out ways to incorporate podcasts into lessons and I didn’t think that it was defendable in the current landscape of teaching. But this gave me my reason… my excuse. And I think that podcasts are going to be a regular thing in my classroom next year.
Session 7: Comprehension: The Case of Classroom Versus State Assessment
I was talked into this session. And the person who talked me into it left 10 minutes into it because they thought it was going to be something other than it was. And honestly, I got a lot out of it. Especially when it comes to questioning and short answer responses (since they are no longer on the state test). The group I was with and I were redirected during this training, which made me salty. Otherwise, it was food for thought.