Workshops for 2016
This workshop can be a full day exploring the power of the five pillars outlined in Jamie's book, The Great Report, or it can be a 90 minute overview of the main ideas.
The Great Report
The five pillars of greatness
This is a 60-90 minute workshop summarizing and illustrating the importance of curiosity when motivating students to create Great Reports. Jamie explains how four different types of curiosity come into play and how teachers may nurture and inspire the growth or awakening of curiosity in their students.
This is a 60-90 minute workshop summarizing and illustrating the importance of mystery when motivating students to create Great Reports. Jamie explains how teachers may help students to find the puzzles, mysteries, conundrums and issues embedded in the curriulum.
This is a 60-90 minute workshop that outlines the strategies and rubrics that teachers may use along with students to make sure high standards are set for the research, thinking and presenting students will do while creating Great Reports.
Writing powerfully with a laptop or iPad
Laptops could make a huge difference in the quality of student writing, but it takes some cleverness and strategy to realize that promise. Schools with laptops will see a major improvement in student writing when they teach students how idea processing and word processing can combine. This will strengthen the power of their persuasive essays and writing of all kinds. In a day long, hands-on workshop, Jamie involves the group in a process that takes advantage of mind mapping software, idea generators and synthesis strategies along with concept attainment, enrichment of vocabulary and the Traits of Effective Writing — all tailored to exploit the potential of the laptops or iPad type devices. Experience first hand writing techniques that turn a laptop into a powerful tool for expression and meet the demands of CCS.
Getting to the heart of the matter
Just because students have asked and answered 247 questions about floods doesn't mean they have developed any important understandings. Many schools working diligently on inquiry models have inadvertently slipped into a kind of gathering and collecting that amounts to little more than scooping — looking into a topic rather than developing insights. In this session, Jamie outlines the difference between faux inquiry and inquiry that leads to new understandings. He shows how "What should we do about floods?" leads to an investigation that creates good new ideas. He emphasizes the importance of organizing inquiry around problems, issues, choices and challenges so that all of the gathering is shaped by the search to understand and create.
Exploring complex ideas
Students are rarely challenged to dig down deep in order to create rich definitions of complex ideas such as beauty, truth and courage. In this session Jamie shows how teachers can use a series of digital explorations to deepen students' understanding of such concepts. Students learn that dictionaries usually pay short shrift to complex ideas, and they even learn to improve the definitions they encounter.
Creating great digital lessons
How can teachers best create exciting lessons that use new technologies and digital resources to engage students in the critical thinking, inference and analysis required by the Common Core Standards (CCS)? In this session Jamie shows how teachers can build engaging and challenging lessons that will develop the thinking skills students will need to perform well on the new tests developed to measure success on the CCS.
Image Power - making digital images roar
Persuasion in a society ripe with digital images requires thoughtful selection as well as artful production. We must train students to be discerning when choosing visual material to build a case, but we must also show them how to do more than "point and shoot" when taking their own photographs. In this session, Jamie shows how teachers can equip students to make powerful images and powerful use of images.
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