Thursday, April 26, 2012


So this weekend I'm leavin' on a jet plane with the destination of Denver to attend the Spring Thinking Strategies Institute!  I can't believe I will be around the likes of Ellin Oliver Keene.  Hopefully her superior knowledge will rub off on me :)  Will any of you be there?

PEBC institutes advance teaching and leadership skills with cutting-edge experiential training, including the opportunity to spend time in a “lab classroom” observing exemplary practitioners in action, debriefings, small and large group learning, reflection and planning sessions.
Thinking Strategies Institutes
The four-day Thinking Strategies Institutes continue to bring the latest research and best instructional practices surrounding the seven cognitive behaviors of successful thinkers to district personnel, principals and k-12 teachers from across the country.

Thinking Strategies Institute participants will:
  • observe extensively in a PEBC Lab Classroom where teachers emphasize comprehension learning;
  • investigate comprehension instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve;
  • discuss specific strategies to enhance comprehension in one’s own reading in a variety of texts;
  • understand comprehension in relation to other essential elements in a literacy program, including the rituals and routines necessary for creating a literate classroom and community;
  • explore staff development and assessment strategies to promote best practices in instruction;
  • debrief observations with PEBC staff developers;
  • consider examples of how leadership impacts instruction in literacy.

I may not be posting much over the next week but I am sure that many of my future post will divulge what I learned during this institute!


  1. How exciting! We'll be waiting for you to share! Have a great time.

    First Grade Delight

  2. What a great time that will be. How fun!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. Sounds like a great experience! I really like the idea of lab classrooms! You will have lots to share!
    Literacy Minute

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  5. I'm so looking forward to this opportunity to grow together! Next week is going to be amazing; I'm glad I get to share it with you!

    Miss McTeacher