A big piece of Education 314 and 316 is deciding what you want to learn and then learning it. Here are some workshops for you to try.

Literacy Workshops

Ballad Project
This is a creative writing project based on songs of a specific type. This project can help students to learn about narrative structure as well as helping them to write a type of poetry.

Baseball Cards
Creating "baseball" or other type of trading cards offers students an opportunity to write creatively in a very inviting genre. This supports informational writing.

This form of music supports a relatively easy way of writing poetry using a topic that everyone can relate to (stuff to complain about).

Bully Writing
Steve Schack at Livingstone Ave. school developed this writing project. It involves narrative, perspective-taking, letters, and poetry, all on a topic that concerns so many people.

Carnival Poetry
Carnival/Mardi Gras is a time for breaking the rules of society, so naturally carnival poetry has only one rule--all poetic rules have to be broken. The interesting thing is that when students break rules, they are actually demonstrating that they know rules.

Children of the Code
This workshop guides you in exploring a website about reading struggles in English, where they come from, and their potential lifelong effect on people.

Classroom Drama
This improvisational form of drama allows teachers to set up situations for authentic reading and writing.

English Language Arts Commmon Core
Teacher's need to become comfortable, very comfortable, making instructional decisions that refelct Common Core and/or Content Standards. Take a look at the ELA Common core and the example of "I Can" translations from the Pickerington School District. Pick 8 or so grade specific expectations in the Stardards and try translating those standards into expressions that you, your students, and their families could both "get" and learn to do.

Envelope Puppets
This type of puppet is cheap and can be made spontaneously using the simplest of materials (envelopes and crayons or markers).

Environmental Print
Here is a commonly-found scaffold for early reading skills.

Feedback for Students
How to respond to students' writings in supportive, constructive ways.

Fill in the Blank Poetry
Not comfortable teaching or writing poetry? Try your hand at a couple of these.

Technology Workshops

(many of which have a strong focus on literacy)

Bloom's Taxonomy and Digital Media
This workshop reviews Bloom's taxonomy and also includes a literacy-based lesson based on Bloom's taxonomy and the judicious use of digital technology.

Digital Dictionaries
There are some amazing dictionaries. This workshop encourages you to study a few words of your choice using these resources.

Digital Publishing Resources
This workshop covers many different types of resources for sharing one's writing with others.

Cool Things in 15 Minutes
This workshop was originally designed as an introduction to technology for reluctant people, since it has a collection of amazing stuff a person can do with very little technological experience. It is also a resource for teachers wanting to find new tools for students to use for learning and creativity.

Presentation Possibilities
Get beyond that tired power point and also make sure that information is accessible for as many people as possible with this workshop.

Crossing the Semiotic Divide
This is a sequel to the Presentation Possibilities workshop.

Quick Answers and Problem Solving
Ways to use technology to solve problems.

Something Else, Indeed

Addressing the Needs of All Students
This has a huge amount of information on everything from universal design for learning to managing multiple reading levels in a classroom.

Assessment Without Tears
How to troubleshoot both reading and writing--a new way of thinking about this.

Grant Writing
How to write a grant so you can get extra funding for your classroom. Try finding a potential grant to write, using the information found here.

Imaginative Education
This is a way of creating highly engaging lessons that meet state standards.