Breakout sessions
Zaharis Literacy Conference 2018

Abracadabra! Levitating the Basics
Join Jeanie Germaine as she teaches participants how to elevate worksheet-dominated lessons into authentic and memorable literacy learning experiences that will captivate all K-3 students.

Beyond The Acrostic: the Enchantment of Poetry
In the push for nonfiction reading and writing, it is easy to overlook the beauty of poetry. In this workshop, led by Caroline Gaynor, participants will learn how to take the stories from their students' lives and teach them how to craft their memoirs into poems. Educators will also learn how to take one genre, e.g. nonfiction, and transform it into poetry. This workshop is appropriate for grades K-6.

Book Talks that Transform: Creating an environment of excitement and ownership for our readers
Come have a seat on our couch while we dive into student-led book talks. Leave with an understanding of what book talks are, how you can authentically implement them in your own classroom, and see how they can become a central part of your learning environment. Explore Heather Gookin and Kim Prock's 4th grade classroom and their way of reaching their students by encouraging them to write on the walls and talk to their friends.

Casting a Spell with the Magic of Read Aloud
Read aloud is not just for listening-it is the perfect context for teaching young readers how to engage with any genre. Kris-Ann Florence will share her students' journey as they learn, think, and grow as readers through their read aloud experiences.

Conjuring Crafty Content Within the Writer's Workshop
Do your writers need a little nudge? Do you want them to be engaged? Motivated? Spellbound? Sixth grade teachers, Susan Crandall and Marci Lang, will show you how to construct genre studies that will conjure crafty content from your students. Inquiries into mentor texts will re-energize instruction and push their writing to a new level. This session is appropriate for grades 2-6.

Encouraging Young Writers through Shared Writing Opportunities
Participants in this session will observe first-graders in a community of readers and writers through the use of "life books" (writers notebooks). These notebooks are the heart of Kathy Mason's classroom community and can be adapted for any classroom.

Fostering a Literacy Climate
Join Principal Mike Oliver as he tours various classrooms highlighting how each unique community reflects student learning. When work is authentic and student-centered the possibilities for growth are endless!

Inquiry through Expert Projects
Kindergarten teachers Sandlyn Miller, Tami Pena, Abbi Phillips, and Jill Purcell share how young children research a variety of topics such as bugs, ocean animals and desert wildlife. Participants will learn how to scaffold their own students into becoming budding researchers and see first hand as Zaharis students present their projects to the group. You will walk away inspired!

Integrated Curriculum-Mapping a Magical Year of Learning
Reading instruction can become purposeful when it is integrated with other topics. Teacher Julie Reichert will share her story of beginning at ground zero, integrating reading and project-based inquiry, and creating curriculum worth celebrating.

It's Not Smoke and Mirrors: Tolerance and Compassion in the Intermediate Classroom
Stories provide powerful opportunities for students to learn empathy, tolerance, and compassion. See how Erin Klem uses carefully-selected literature to change hearts and develop community in her 6th grade classroom.

Letting Students Hold the Wand: Book Clubs
Book Clubs provide an enchanting alternative to traditional literature circles and can be adapted to a variety of classrooms and readers. Join Ranelle Rothlisberger for a "book tasting" experience and discover how Book Clubs can unlock the magic of story in your classroom. Participants will discuss how to choose great books, set up book clubs, stimulate discussion and reflection, and complete book projects.

Magic and Messiness in the Early Years of Teaching
Every teacher has a story to share. Hear how first-year teachers and former BYU-Idaho preservice teachers, Amy Fearnley and Kimber Knuth, went from student teaching to working in their own second and third-grade classrooms. This session is specifically geared for preservice teachers, but all are welcome to attend.

Mixing STEAM into the Potion
Integrating STEAM into a classroom is all the rage! But how can I take time out of my reading and writing instruction to fit it in? Jim Cook will show how he weaves STEAM with reading and writing to create dynamic, magical lessons for his 21st century 5th grade learners.

Picture-Perfect Inquiry: Using Children's Books to Inspire STEAM Integration
In this session, Chelsea Mercer and Sarah Orem will help early elementary teachers integrate science and reading in an engaging, kid-friendly manner. This learning-cycle allows students to construct their own understandings of scientific concepts as they work through the 5E Model. You will be engaged in a picture-perfect lesson that can be adjusted to meet the needs of your K-2 classroom, and your learners.

Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat: Even Our Youngest Readers Can Make Meaning
Reading can be magical even for our youngest readers. Morgan Anderson, 1st grade teacher, shares how she opens whole new worlds for our students. Learn how to help our youngest, developing readers connect and engage with the texts they are reading. This session will highlight the importance of teaching our kids to slow down and look closely at story elements while making meaning through personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Story as Sense-Making in Math
Story is how we make sense of the world, whether as readers, writers, or mathematicians. Diann Christensen will teach you simple ways to bring life to the "stories" in story problems and use real-life stories to anchor your students' sense-making in math. Experience math in three acts, discover the narratives behind graphs of real-world data, and uncover simple anecdotes from your own life that can open doors to richer mathematical thinking.

Struggling Readers Have Stories too!
Special education and general education teachers Katie Bean, Julie Cooper, Lisa Montgomery, and Chelsey Stanley come together to discuss the multiple levels of student ability in inclusive classrooms and how rich, authentic literacy experiences provide strategies and opportunities to close the gap.

Studying the Past: Bringing Stories of Our Ancestors to Life
Journey through time with Afton Scow as she brings social studies to life in 3rd grade. Learn how they inquire into the American immigration of the 1880s using family histories and personal accounts and integrate reading, writing, and social studies, She will share historical fiction written by students as they study the genre and the culminating experience of a powerful Ellis Island simulation.

Transcending Curriculum
Something magical occurs in places and spaces where love resides. Visit Room 2 where Dr. Gwen Struble shares the essence of this joy as she celebrates the art of becoming that occurs each year with her first graders. Rich literature, grand conversation, and the all-important act of doing, transcend curriculum into life and transforms children into advocates and voices for change.

Unlocking the Magic of Non-Fiction
Fifth grade teachers Jen Kunz and Cristina Stowers will share their secrets to reading and writing non- fiction. They'll dispel the mystery behind exploration of the stories, engage with magical mini-lessons, and bring crafting elements to life. Participants will discover how meaningful reading experiences can inspire a journalistic approach to writing non-fiction.

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