Teaching to the Kids in Front of You
How General Education English Teachers Can Combat Limited Resources to Create Classrooms Where All Students Thrive
March 10, 2020
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Tower 4, Stuyvesant Plaza, Floor 6, Albany, NY
3.5 hours CTLE
Facilitator: Lauren Buttimer, High School English Teacher, Shenendehowa CSD
Most schools have "pathways" or "progressions" that systemically separate general education students from honors and AP students, and it is within these general education classes that more diverse demographics reside, demanding so much more from educators than simple instruction. Consequently, general education sections (English 9-12) see larger class sizes and significantly less adequate materials with younger teachers and new hires typically assigned to teach these courses.
In this workshop, you will learn meaningful approaches to best support all learners in general education English classes. You'll gain examples of units/lessons that celebrate diversity and prioritize student choice and explore ways English teachers can effectively access materials and bring in more culturally responsive texts to enhance the scope of your instruction.
This workshop will help you leverage student's interests and experiences as a gateway to engagement with rigorous texts and multimedia resources. It will also explore scaffolding and differentiation concepts to ensure that all learners have the necessary support to access stimulating and rigorous instruction to help them grow as readers and writers.