This yearlong program utilizes a combination of monthly seminars at Rice University and ongoing classroom-based mentoring to provide teachers of 2nd to 5th grade a “deep dive” into best practices in literacy education for 21st century learners.
How should educators address today’s demand for successful test scores while ensuring that students also develop the higher-order creative thinking, reasoning skills and communication skills they will need in the society of the future? Participating teachers will draw upon educational pedagogy and current research in reading and writing instruction to investigate strategies for promoting lifelong readers, writers and thinkers.
SLC requires completion of an application and interview for inclusion in this program.
A Sampling of Seminar Topics:
+ Choosing what is good to read and what’s not - the good, the better, the best
+ Conducting effective literature circles
+ Managing reading journals - what, why and how?
+ Inspiring thinking by reading aloud to older elementary students
+ Crafting whole class discussions so no one gets left behind
+ Making the most of poetry - reading, writing and responding
Pansy earned a B.S. in education from University of Houston and has done graduate work at Houston Baptist University. Her teaching career includes two years in preschool classrooms and 30 years in Houston ISD teaching grades 1-5. She has retired from teaching in Mark Twain Elementary's Literary Development Center where she taught grades 3 through 5 of this unique program which she founded for these grades in 1989. She was twice named teacher of the year.
Pansy completed her residency with School Literacy and Culture during the 1988-89 school year and has been a mentor teacher since 1992. As part of her ongoing role as seminar leader, she has led SLC's advanced study seminar. Pansy served as a site coordinator and is currently a supervisor for Creative Writing Camp where she shares her philosophy of writing: make the audience see what you see, think what you think and feel what you feel.