On January 21st, 2016, the SET-BC Provincial team was delighted to welcome Adrienne Gear back for her third presentation. Adrienne provided workshop participants with another engaging presentation on “Reading Power” during which she highlighted strategies to help all students with their literacy development.
Over 100 participants, located in several locations around the province participated in the full day workshop either in person at the SET-BC Provincial Centre or by video broadcast in Williams Lake, Courtenay, and Qualicum. SET-BC District Partners in Courtenay and Qualicum facilitated their groups and a fifth group of pre-service teachers also attended from the SFU Surrey campus.
Throughout the day, Adrienne engaged participants by giving them time to reflect and refine their literacy instruction, taking what they already know about supporting reading and what they are currently doing in their classrooms and then seeing how they might integrate various strategies into future practice. She led everyone, step-by-step, through the process of using Reading Power with students in their classrooms. As she introduced various reading strategies, Adrienne emphasized that, in the beginning, the most important step is to have students make a connection to what they are reading. She highlighted the importance of the teacher modeling both reading and thinking aloud for students.
Adrienne supported her strategies throughout the workshop by offering specific and practical student examples. For example, BIBB (Bring It Back to the Book) was discussed as a way to keep students focused on the goal of the reading lesson.
Adrienne has been a teacher in the Vancouver School District for over 20 years where she has worked as a classroom teacher, an ESL teacher, a teacher-librarian and a District Literacy Mentor. She has presented across Canada and has taken her message internationally to the US, UK and Sweden. We always feel very fortunate to host her presentations and look forward to working with her in the future!
For more information on Adrienne and Reading Power, please visit her website: www.readingpower.com.