Yesterday I attended the Pembroke Publishers Showcase. This is an event organised by the Pembroke publishing house for interested teachers to attend. At the showcase, authors speak for 20 minutes about their recent publication and while speaking, give us an insight into what the book covers. While listening, I am often inspired and think about ways in which I can improve my teaching practice.
This is the second year that I have attended the event and returned to the workshop as I find it inspiring. I also enjoy the day as I get to spend some time away from the classroom with other teachers. As a result of the day, I now have a teacher book that I want to read to add an extra layer to the literacy component in my classroom.
This week I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the Pembroke Publishing Showcase. The day was interesting and inspiring – and I look forward to next year’s event.
Yesterday I attended a full-day session of a series of writing workshops that I had registered for. Even though the workshop was geared towards those teaching in English, there were many nuggets that I could take away as a teacher in a French Immersion class. The session gave me many ideas that I now have bouncing in my head. The best nuggets were the sample lessons the presenters did with us. The bonus was that they referred to the grade 1 and 2 curriculum. Perfect! Now I can implement these ideas.
I loved the quote that the presenters shared with us midway through the session that suggested we should allow children to share what they have written and they will enjoy the experience. Yooung children enjoy sharing what they have done and not many will turn down the opportunity to do so. Their desire to share can be used to help them improve their writing with the use of adjectives, adverbs, synonyms and conjuctions. I have been wanting to work on this with my students and I am eager to follow the lesson plans that were shared with us yesterday.
The session was the last of the series and ended with a gift: a copy of Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students was given to each teacher present. Paging through the book, I am excited to begin reading it. At 425 pages, it will probably only be read during the Summer but, in the meantime, I will use the index to refer to certain strategies I want to work on.
This week I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to attend this series of workshops that have been created for the Beginning Teachers in the family of schools that I work in. I am grateful, as well, for the resource that I have received – a resource that looks to be extremely useful.