Literacy work stations have taken the primary grades by storm, as teachers discover many ways to use them in supporting independent and thoughtful reading and writing.
Now, Stepping Up with Literacy Stations provides teachers in third grade and up a way to tap into the energy and excitement of this innovative management and learning system. This DVD takes viewers into diverse third and fifth grade classrooms, where Debbie Diller coaches and guides children and their teachers through the process of designing and implementing stations.
While many of the components and topics of the intermediate literacy stations are the same as those in the younger grades, there are some key differences. Debbie and her colleagues talk through how stations can be used to support achievement on standardized tests and provide reading and writing practice in the content areas. In addition, they explore the growing ability of older students to take on more responsibility for creating and maintaining stations.
The video includes a comprehensive viewing guide, with templates for use in stations, suggestions for workshops built around the series, and answers to crucial questions about how to implement stations with older students. This dynamic and practical series can help intermediate teachers "step up" with their students to more purposeful, independent work in literacy stations.
|Product dimensions:||7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.00(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Debbie has been a national consultant since 2000, but still has those "back to school" dreams in the fall. After playing school in the basement of her childhood home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Millersville University and Temple University and spent the next four decades as an educator. She's worked as a classroom teacher, migrant education teacher, Title I reading teacher, and literacy coach in Pre-K through grade 10 in diverse public school settings. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. "I have always loved learning. Becoming a teacher was a way I could share that love of learning with children and eventually, with adults."
A big part of her learning is listening to teachers and their professional development needs. "When I work with teachers, I try to understand their needs by finding out what they know and listening to their questions. Then I begin where they are and work with them to help them take the next steps toward where they (and/or their school systems) want (them) to be. I believe in professional reading and professional learning communities, and support teachers in their quest to best meet the needs of all students in their classrooms."
Debbie's ideas for her books also come from her work with teachers. She listens for frequently asked questions, patterns, teachers' needs, and keeps a writer's notebook to collect ideas, thoughts, and notes. "Often, the old joke comes to mind: "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." That's how I write: Bit by bit, on planes, in hotel rooms, in my office on a rare day. Teachers' questions and comments spur me on through my daily, ongoing work in classrooms, which sustains my craft."
Debbie's family has changed and grown in recent years. Her son, Jon, and daughter, Jessica, are both married, and she now has a granddaughter, Chloe, with another on the way. Debbie's husband, Tom, passed away in 2012.