Teach More Complex Texts While Managing Student Frustration

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Speaker: Timothy Shanahan

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Webinar Description

Snapshot: How do you teach more complex texts, as required by your standards, without increasing your students’ frustration levels?

Simply adding more challenging texts to your curriculum is not enough to raise your students’ reading achievement to the level required. You need to make thoughtful and nuanced changes to your teaching practices to get students reading outside their comfort zone.

With Tim Shanahan, you will explore the use of scaffolding and other teaching practices to support more advanced reading. These practices are designed to help students who are lagging, students who are far behind and those who are reading at and above grade level and want to continue to be challenged. Tim will share his ideas about how to ensure students are making real progress as they move from one reading level to the next.

A member of a work team that helped write the English Language Arts standards of the Common Core, Tim will discuss the rationale behind the text-complexity standards and explain how text difficulty is determined. Tim will energize you to meet your challenges with his new strategies and approaches.

Webinar Topics:

Simply adding more challenging texts to your curriculum is not enough to raise your students’ reading achievement to the level required. You need to make thoughtful and nuanced changes to your teaching practices to get students reading outside their comfort zone. In this webinar, Tim Shanahan explores the use of scaffolding and other teaching practices to support more advanced reading.

  • The background and rationale for the text challenge or complexity requirements under the Common Core
  • Guided reading, instructional level, zone of proximal development
  • How text difficulty is measured
  • How to scaffold challenging text
  • What to do about students who are far behind
  • Additional instructional guidance

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About the Speaker

Timothy Shanahan

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Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is director of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. Tim is author or editor of more than 200 publications, including the following books:Teaching with the Common Core Standards for the English Language ArtsEarly Childhood Literacy; Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners; and Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through Third Grade. Tim’s research emphasizes the connections between learning to read and learning to write, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement. He is past president of the International Reading Association.

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