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Across District Classroom Learning Lab – Middle School Social Studies – GRR with Academic Conversations

Please join us for this wonderful learning opportunity.  Marie Davis, 7th & 8th grade Social Studies Teacher is opening her classroom for a day of Across District Learning Labs this Friday, March 27, 2015.  The specifics are in the information below.  Please e-mail me ASAP if you desire to attend.  We have a limited amount of spots and they will be filled on a first come basis.  e-mail .  This is a half day opportunity so list your first choice for time and your e-mail so that I can get back to you. Nelli

This is a great opportunity to engage in conversations and learning around the Gradual Release Instructional Framework and Academic Conversations.

WHAT: Marie Davis, 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher will be hosting a Classroom Learning Lab. Marie’s teaching is framed within the Gradual Release of Responsibility with content, social and language goals framing the instruction. Marie believes that teaching students the tools to engage with any content will engage and motivate all students.
WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2015 (May only attend one session) 7 participants each sessionSchedule: AM Session – Meet in 7:15 to 7:45 AM   Pre-brief7:50 to 8:49 Observation in Marie’s Room -US History-88:49 to 9:00 Break

9:00 to 10:15 Debrief

10:15 to 10:45 – Open Conversation/Questions/Lunch

Schedule: PM Session – Meet in

11:00 to 11:30 Pre-brief

11:38 to 12:37   Observation in Marie’s Room – Social Studies – 7

12:37 to 12:45 Break

12:45 to 2:00 Debrief

2:00 to 2:30 – Open Conversation/Questions

WHERE: Kent City Middle School285 North Main Street, Kent City 49330Principal: Bill Crane
WHO May Attend 10 – Educators who are interested in growing their teaching practice around the Gradual Release of Responsibility, Social Studies instructional practices, Purposeful Talk and/or educators interested in exploring Classroom Learning Labs as a form of professional learning. Sign up on a first come basis.
WHY: Networking and growing our learning builds everyone’s capacity. We value supporting student achievement and teacher learning.


Academic Conversations: Strengthening Thinking and Reasoning Skills through Conversation 6-12

Participants in this session enjoyed some great conversations around the article from the November 2014 Educational Leadership, Talking to Learning by Elizabeth City.  After a review of the basic principles of paraphrasing they used the conversation protocol of Three A’s Plus One to process their thinking and learning.

The powerpoint of the slides are available through this link.

During our next session on February  26th, six  participants will facilitate round table discussions around their learning and application of  “Academic Conversations” to their work.

Classroom discourse is the ocean on which all else floats – James Britton