Using Break Out Rooms Effectively in the Writing Classroom: Session #2 of the CRWP 2020-21 Webinar Series

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In our October 20, 2020 webinar, Chippewa River Writing Project director and Central Michigan University professor Dr. Troy Hicks (@hickstro) presented ideas on how to use break out rooms effectively. Dr. Hicks challenged us not to worry or think about what meeting platform we are using, but how we want to use our breakout rooms. 

He asked us to begin to begin to think of our activities as “anytime learning” (asynchronous)  and “real time learning” (synchronous). He presented us with important questions such as:

  • What do we value?
  • What can we do to make the most of the precious time we have with our students?

Dr. Hicks introduced the Harvard Project Zero’s Thinking Routines Toolbox and the National School Reform Faculty’s Protocols for collaborative work and small group discussions. He had us consider how we might blend these ideas with popular activities and literacy structures such as the 4C’s Collaborative Writing Activity, KWL charts, Venn Diagrams, Jigsaw reading, Save the Last Word, probing questions, and more, all giving us a great example of lessons to make the most of our time with students. 

This session was packed with great activities, ideas, and resources for how to better use your real time learning experiences with your students in break out rooms this year!  

Here are the links to the resources shared during Dr. Hicks’ presentation:


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CRWP’s October Feature Spotlight

 

This month we would like to congratulate our October Feature Spotlight, Teacher Consultant, Jeremy Hyler. Below you can find more infoJeremy Hylerrmation about Jeremy. Feel free to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Instagram.

Twitter: @jeremybballer

Instagram: jeremhyler40

I currently teach at Fulton Middle School in Middleton, Michigan, and have been teaching for 22 years.

I have been with CRWP for 10 years now. One of my most memorable experiences was being able to travel to Kansas City and work with like-minded writing project consultants from across the nation. They were so innovative and creative. It fed my inner learning soul and I wanted more. It kept the fire alive for me to keep teaching. 

My favorite thing about teaching writing is watching the growth in my students. When you see a student go from thinking they can only write two or three sentences, and they eventually find out they have it in them to write paragraphs and even pages of writing.  Seeing their confidence makes all the late nights grading papers worth it. 

My most recent work is Ask, Explore, Write. The work was a collaborative effort between Dr. Hick, Dr. Pangle, and me. The book is about science and literacy.  It is a result of all the great work that has been done with our Beaver Island Institute. As a teacher-writer, it is yet another example of what I can share with my students about the writing process. I love being able to share with my students my writing and the struggles I go through as a writer. I want to be able to relate to them and let them know writing is not easy but can be rewarding. 


 

 

 

 

My favorite author is Jon Gordon because he has a lot of wisdom to share about life and being a great leader. Right now my favorite book is Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. That book has taught me so much about stepping back and not getting in over my head. I have learned to say no to projects and other tasks that I have been asked to do. I must first, do the work I have well before trying new things. 

If I had five or six words for future teachers it would be: Do what is best for students!

Too many times I see others who have their own agendas and don’t always do what is best for the students who are in front of us every day. Keep the students at the center of the decisions you make in your classroom.

All About HyperDocs: Session #1 of the CRWP 2020-21 Webinar Series

Described as “a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction,” the creators of Hyperdocs call them “the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom.”

In our September 15, 2020 webinar, Chippewa River Writing Project teacher consultant Jeremy Hyler (@Jeremybballer) shared his knowledge of Hyperdocs in a one-hour webinar. This was first in an ongoing series called Critical and Creative Strategies for Remote Teaching, and registrations for future sessions can be found on the program homepage

In the session, Jeremy walked us through what a Hyperdoc is, what some of the best resources are for both looking for Hyperdoc ideas as well as for creating new ones, exactly why you should use a Hyperdoc, and how creative and flexible a Hyperdoc can be for both teachers and students in learning. 

Because of its highly adaptive nature, a Hyperdoc can provide engaging, differentiated instruction during this time of digital and hybrid learning. This webinar is designed for beginners and has many great ideas and resources for you to check out!

Here are Jeremy’s resources discussed in his presentation, and are a great place to start out with hyperdocs: 

If you appreciate the ideas that these teacher consultants are sharing, and are willing to support our work, please visit <giving.cmich.edu> and select “Chippewa River Writing Project.”

CRWP 2020-21 Webinar Series

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