Idea Board

So what would you like to learn at nErDcamp? Of course, in keeping with the edcamp model, the sessions will be decided at nErDcampNNE, but let's get the ideas flowing. Please comment below with any ideas you may have. 

56 comments:

  1. My first nErDcamp... would like to share ideas/strategies for managing reader's/writer's workshops

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    1. Excited to have you Amy! Great idea for a topic.

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    2. I like this idea. At what level do you teach?

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  2. I would like to hear about how people run their individual reading conferences. I would also like to hear about/brainstorm ideas on what to do when a student finishes a book (alternatives to a book report).

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    1. I am sure many participants would also be interested in these topics! Thanks Anna!

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  3. Is there anything in particular you want the authors to bring? Last year we brought our messy drafts and notebooks. Should we bring those again? They're pretty scary. In a good way.

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    1. Good questtion. I think people are always interested in seeing real artifacts so maybe bring them just in case.

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    2. Always interested in and inspired by process!

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    3. Julie, sharing the 'process' gives us so much insight into the 'product'. That would be so helpful.

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    4. I can bring my notes, sketches, storyboards, etc. if anyone would be interested in seeing the illustration side of things.

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    5. Russ, yes please!

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    6. I can talk about process FORever. I will bring a mule to carry all my notebooks! (not really).

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    7. I can bring some of my middle grade notebooks, charts, photos, ect too.

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  4. Non-genre specific writing units?

    Ways to provide lots of authentic audiences for student writing?

    Nonfiction/Informational reading--author craft & structure?

    Apps and websites to support digital literacy?


    Will keep thinking...

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    1. I love talking NF craft and structure Melissa!

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    2. I'd love to join, Sarah, on that! We NF authors can talk craft all day! :)

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  5. Nonfiction reading / writing / research
    How you can maximize your school librarian
    Coding
    Testing strategies

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    1. As a school library teacher, I would like to discuss/learn an=bout ways to maximize "me."
      I also have an interest in coding.

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    2. I would also be interested in talking/learning/sharing about the the writing and research -- especially how the research process and the writing process work together.

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  6. Revisiting "research"- tips and techniques for engagement and effectiveness
    "There's a Book for That"-upcoming children's lit that teachers might want to know about
    Teacher's Write- walking the talk of a writing teacher

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    1. I definitely want to be part of a title talk. I missed it last year and I'm still bummed.

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  7. Would anyone be interested in these topics:

    Structure in Nonfiction Writing
    Voice in Nonfiction Writing
    Visual Literacy as a Critical Research Skill
    Visual Literacy as a Tool for Building Critical Thinking
    How Writing a Nonfiction Book Is Like Doing a Report: Sharing Tips & Tricks

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  8. New/recent PBs & MGs
    Finding Nerdy Friends/Twitter chats
    "Selling" books to (non) readers

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  10. Graphic novels
    Books for starting Genius Hour

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  11. Short writing activities that will improve student writing between writing units

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  12. I just switched to a district that has iPads instead of laptops so I'm interested in how others are using iPads effectively for writing.

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  13. My first nErD! Looking forward to it.
    ~Making PBL/interdisciplinary learning work within a very traditionally structured middle school.
    ~Managing time and prioritizing - would love to know how other schools schedule their ELA to get everything done.

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  14. Suggestions for phonics based books that supplement programs like SPIRE, Wilson...
    Ways support staff collaborate with classroom teachers of students that are pulled out

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  15. Reading assessments and how to use them to guide reading instruction.

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  16. I have shifted my approach to introducing text with students to reflect the need for 'close reading' and what I have grown to understand about comprehension and the role of prediction. Wonder if others have made any shifts like this in guided reading, one to one work with students or shared reading instruction- whole class.

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    1. Hi Holly, I've been working with high school students on close reading through "leveled" annotations. Does this sound like it would be helpful?

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  17. Gender/text/genre matches. With specific emphasis on realistic fiction. Particularly realistic; real life, real age, real situation connections.

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  18. I am new to the nErD world and am excited for this weekend. I would like to talk with other high school teachers about what standards based reporting looks like in their classrooms.

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    1. I am a Middle School Teacher, but I am interested in that as well. What kind of assessments are providing this evidence?

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  19. I am interested in finding out how people are measuring growth for students in reading and writing. What kind of data or programs are people using or would want to provide data and evidence of growth.

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  20. Helping students improve supporting arguments in writing

    Transitioning high school students to getting more from authentic non-fiction (books, meaty magazines & blogs, sites like Vox)

    "Reading like a historian" -- looking critically at the source

    Teaching high school-to-life 21st century research

    Strategies to provide individual and high-quality feedback on writing without killing myself

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  21. I want to focus on fine tuning the research process at the high school level

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  22. I'm curious about whether there are other educators attending with mass customized learning (Chuck Schwahn & Bea McGarvey) happening in their schools? I'd be interested in discussing what this looks like in various grade levels and settings.

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  23. Connecting picture books with STEM activities.

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  24. CCSS focuses on NF but my 5th graders want to write F. Looking for ideas on how to resolve this.
    Anyone use https://www.biblionasium.com/#tab/content-winter-mix ?

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    1. Hi Deborah,
      If there is no session on social reading sites, I use Biblionasium and would be happy to tell you about my experience with my 4th graders. ~Gigi McAllister

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    2. Penny Kittle suggests having students read two non-fiction books on a topic and then also read two fiction books on the same topic. To write about non-fiction and sound authentic you need to "talk the talk and walk the walk" (Ralph Fletcher). The fiction stories help students to "live" what happened. Also, just because what they are writing is non-fiction does not mean that it does not have any fiction-like elements....

      Michelle DeBlois

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  25. I love these ideas! Wheels are spinning! One thing that we have struggled with at our school is the creation of common assessments for ELA at the middle school level. Folks do an outstanding job finding creative, engaging, and effective ways for students to meet standards, however struggle with the creation of common assessments particularly in the area of reading. Wondering what other schools are doing?

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  26. First Grade Teacher: I would love to talk with others about what research based interventions people are using with their students that are making a difference.

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  27. I am interested in using Voicethread for online portfolios(k-2).

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  28. I am interested in finding mentor texts for genres in different forms... like historical fiction in trade book, poem, song lyric, etc. I am working on a reading/writing unit about "writing outside your comfort zone."

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  29. Motivating readers (life beyond reading incentives)

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  30. Would anyone like to hear about developing collaborations to introduce STEAM in your curriculum?

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