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Teacher PD

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Building Adolescent Readers
This 2-disc set brings effective reading strategies to life. Presenting examples of both small- and whole-group discussions, Building Adolescent Readers demonstrates how to engage students with a variety of texts, teaching them what it means to be a good reader. Stenhouse Publishers, 2005. (97 min. ; $3.24)


Comprehending Content
In this 4-disc set, high school teacher Cris Tovani brings viewers into her school and classroom and shows how she and her colleagues are meeting the challenge of improving students' reading skills across the curriculum. Includes examples of Cris working with students using texts from multiple disciplines in her classroom, as well as collaborating with colleagues throughout the school. Disc 1. Modelling what good readers do -- Disc 2. Interpreting data : charts, graphs, standardized tests -- Disc 3. Reading like a mathematician -- Disc 4. Synthesizing complex ideas. Stenhouse Publishers, 2004. (120 min. ; $6.48)


Conferring with Boys
In this video, Max Brand confers individually with two different boys in this fifth grade classroom: one during writer's workshop, the other during reading workshop. Max demonstrates the key elements of successful literacy conferences with boys- plenty of wait time, homing in on specific text, and discussing reading or writing strategies the student is using. Stenhouse Publishers, 2006. (11 min. ; $1.62)


The Joy of Conferring : One on One with Young Readers
This program lets us join Debbie Miller and see what happens at the individual level as she conducts reading conferences with her students. In the first program, Debbie engages in a series of six conferences with students who have a range of needs, from decoding and comprehension, to writing thoughtful responses to their reading. The second program focuses on two of the biggest concerns teachers have about conferring with students: that there is never enough time, and it is difficult to get students to choose the right books for independent reading. It presents in almost real time the ways Debbie is able to check in with an entire class of students. Many of these conferences are less than a minute long, yet Debbie still manages to find time to instruct, listen carefully, and leave students with challenges. Stenhouse Publishers, 2005. (55 min. ; $1.62)