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SXSWedu 2016

Thinking Not Boredom: Inspire Nonfiction Readers

“Open to page 178, copy the words in bold print, tomorrow we’ll be discussing the lifecycle of a plant…” STOP RIGHT THERE.
The study of nonfiction shouldn’t be filled with note-taking and boredom. Instead it should be an opportunity to spark curiosity and wonder as student interest and passion guide the curriculum. This session will share stories from the classroom and strategies for using choice and voice to engage learners across the grades. Join nationally recognized literacy leaders as they pair text, images, media and web tools to reimagine instruction, add layers of interaction and inspire students to read, write and think.

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  1. Demonstrate ways that educators can enhance their teaching of nonfiction and media literacy with creation and collaboration web tools.
  2. Explore mindsets regarding nonfiction and alternatives that support more engaging and rigorous curriculum development and instruction.
  3. Provide practical, research-based strategies educators can implement "tomorrow" with their students.



Kristin Ziemke, First Grade Teacher, Big Shoulders Fund

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  • Tags: reading, edtech, inquiry
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Instructional Strategies
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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