YDC Workshop
Morino Institute

Perry Center
18 April 2000
Robert Price
Overview of the Session
APRIL SESSION
18 April 2000 (Tuesday)
The 18 April 2000 training session will focus on the use of reading and writing with children and youth. The day will include practical ideas while building an understanding of how to integrate strategies and techniques that interest and excite the children and youth (and adults!). The day will provide practical ideas for ages 5 – 17. The day will include:

Read-a-louds and reading/writing techniques with poetry, short stories, picture books, and chapter books.

Visual mapping to support understanding and facilitate quality writing.

Vocabulary building to develop prior knowledge and new ideas.

Think-a-louds and writing techniques with different forms of writing.

Use of patterns in writing to support understanding and success.

Recommended participants include early childhood through teenage youth.

Handouts
There are handouts available online as acrobat/pdf files at my website.

Read-a-Louds

Sessions include read-a-louds to model the importance of reading books for enjoyment and purpose. This models the importance of literacy while sharing a variety of materials to use with children.

Recommendations to read include:
1. short stories or picture books
2. continuing stories
3. poetry
4. student authored writing

The regularity of reading each of the above every day models the value of reading while establishing a connection with the purpose of writing. Text is a vital part of the Internet - thus the importance of modeling reading as an critical skill.

Idea Books and Group Books

We will use the idea book as a vehicle to enhance and integrate our real life with Internet explorations. Idea books are used with participants as well as a model for use with children and youth to use with research, observation, and reflection. This provides a vehicle for children and youth (and adults) to collect information in the class and the field, draw and write things around them, and process what they have done. The group book provides an opportunity for collaborative work between children and youth in a medium they can share and access when needed.

Drawing and Pictures
We are visual learners - illustrations and photographs are very influential to our thoughts and developments. The Internet is no exception. We will continue our investigations with visual arts including drawing and digital photography. They will support our learning and development of projects, webpages, and understanding. Drawing techniques and methods are patterned after Drawing With Children. Digital photography will be developed through use of cameras and Photoshop. Photoshop software provides a medium to easily manipulate and integrate photos into various projects.

World Wide Web
We will explore ways to support projects through Internet resources and developing webpages. Internet resources will include effective ways to search, sharing resources, and links. Webpage development will include creating pages locally (on a disk or hard drive) to use as part of a focused lesson. This can expand to being on the World Wide Web to facilitate sharing of ideas and lessons. The goal is an effective learning tool that supports and directs the projects with children and youth.

Community Builders
Continue modeling, sharing, and discussing community builders to use with the learning environment. Community builders include zoom, in motion, mirroring, fruit basket, and others.

Techniques
Each session incorporates various techniques to facilitate participation and interaction. The various techniques are modeled and shared to parallel classroom management with children and youth.


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