This convention session strand focuses on whole language theory and practice and is sponsored by the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU). The sessions provide understandings of critical literacy, inquiry and collaborative learning, and that integrate literacy with other sign systems and knowledge systems, situated in social, historical, political, and cultural contexts.
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Session A: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
A.03 Playful Literacy through Story Workshop and Literacy Studio
A.16 Teaching the Controversies: Profanity and Taboo Language in the Classroom
A.17 Igniting Our Future: Questioning the Past and Analyzing Our Actions through Critical
Session B: 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
B.17 What Makes a Hero? An Inquiry into Upstanders and Bystanders of the Holocaust
B.20 Professional Collaboration Using 21st Century Tools and Strategies for Critical Literacy and Learning While Implementing Common Core Standards
B.36 Students and Teachers at the Core: Thoughtful Literacy Beyond the Standards
B.41 Developing Powerful Writing through Storytelling and Inquiry
Session C: 12:30-1:45 p.m.
C.04 Giving Feedback For Today and Tomorrow: Responding To Student Writing (and Reading) So It Sticks
C.24 Re(Inventing) Understandings of Ourselves and Others Through Global Literature in the Context of the CCSS
C.25 Downtown Studies
C.37 Space and Place as Contexts in Becoming Literate
C.53 Rethinking Picture Books: Harnessing the Power of Nonfiction for Older Students
Session D: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
D.03 “Just” Teaching: (Re)Inventing our Students’ Right To Their Own Language
D.36 Creating, Co-creating, and Challenging Texts
D.38 Apprenticeship in Action
D.45 Teaching at the Crossroads: The Transduction of English in a Medial Landscape
Session E: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
E.09 Developing the Writing Skills Necessary for Science Notebooks
E.12 Re(Inventing) Research in the Google Era
E.38 Differences that Matter: Language, Gender, and Struggles in Whole Language Settings
E.41 Spoken and Written Language: Two Functional Semiotic Systems
E.55 WLU Posters
Session F: 8:00-9:15 a.m.
F.03 Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom: Approaches, Strategies and Tools (Preschool-2nd Grade)
F.11 Idea Notebooks + Inquiry + Investigation = (Re)evaluating (Re)search Options and Outcomes
Session G: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
G.08 Using Historic Maps to Teach Critical Reading: Thinking and Argumentative Writing
G.14 Building A Bridge: Connecting English and Social Studies Through Research, Dialogue, Deliberation, and Writing
G.40 Re-Inventing our Work with Families
Session H: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
H.04 Kenneth Goodman: Educational Leader, Scholar, Courageous Activist
Sponsored By: The Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)
Session I: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
I.05 Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacy Teaching and Teachers
I.06 Digital Storytelling as a Mediator for All Students’ Expression
I.09 Narrative and Nonfiction: Are They Really That Different?
I.55 WLU Roundtable
Session J: 2:45-4:00 p.m.
J.04 The Real Future: Infusing Authenticity into English/Language Arts Assignments
J.06 Are We Missing A Language Art? An Argument for the Addition of Another Language Art
J.28 Toward Critical Literacies and World Mindedness: Critical Multicultural Analysis of Local and International Social Activism Themes in Children’s Literature
Session K: 4:15-5:30 p.m.
K.31 (Re)Thinking Aesthetics in English Language Arts: A Freirean Dialogue on Uncertainty in ELA Curricula
K.42 Surrealism…Using Art, Literature, and Absurdity to Develop Creative Thinking and Writing
Session L: 8:30-9:45 am
L.03 Critical Media Pedagogies: Achievement, Production, and Justice in Urban Schools
Sponsored By: CO-SPONSORED By BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUSES
L.06 Picture This: Engaging All Learners While Addressing the ELA Common Core
Session M: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
M.06 The Inclusion Classroom of the Future: Classroom Strategies for a Co-Teaching Model
M.17 The Power of Questions: Picture Books and Responding about the World
N.03 Technology Buffet: Student Created Technologies for the 21st Century Student
Workshop W.11 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Supporting Children's Search for Meaning: Children's Literature in Multi Modal Ways
Life is a search for meaning. This session will focus firstly, upon the issue of meaning making and secondly, the important role of children’s literature within the curriculum. The development of deep meanings involves learners taking time to process their experiences, to talk, write, draw, create three dimensional models, to dance, to create music, to think, and gather more information. Children’s literature is both a direct experience of books and literature, and, a source of vicarious life experiences; thus it has the potential to nourish and challenge children’s meanings.
In the world beyond the classroom, real world artists (painters, dancers, musician and other meaning makers) express themselves, and clarify their meanings through their particular art forms. This workshop will focus on ways we can have children experience children’s literature so that it challenges their current meanings, shapes new understandings, and enriches their lives. We will consider whether it is possible for children to respond musically to a literature book and in so doing, develop new insights, or how visual representation of a non-rhyming poem, might deepen a child’s interpretation. Consideration will be given to the creation of classrooms which are cognitive playgrounds (Langer, J.A. 2011) and which allow students to experiment with a wide variety of meaning making systems. Participants will experience the joy of using multi modal ways of thinking, the value of developing meaning centered literacy programs, and the riches available when children’s literature plays a central role in the classroom program.
Brian Cambourne, University of Wollongong
Prisca Martens, Towson University
Rick Meyer, WLU President, University of New Mexico
Lorraine Wilson, Education Consultant (self–employed)
Brian Cambourne, University of Wollongong, “Reframing Education as Meaning-Making”
Jerome C. Harste, Indiana University, “What the Arts Afford the Would-be Maker”
Chuck Jurich, University of New Mexico, “Responding to Children’s Literature through Sound Design”
Prisca and Ray Martens, Towson University, “Reading Picture Storybooks Multimodally”
Rick Meyer, University of New Mexico, “(Re)Inventing Poetry for the Making of Meaning: Identity, Intertextuality and Multimodal Possibilities”
Penny Silvers, Dominican University, “From Inquiry to Social Action: Constructing Meaning with Multimodal Texts in Primary Grades”
Lorraine Wilson, Education Consultant (self–employed), “Developing Deep Understandings of Teasing and Bullying”