Stanford University

School of Education

Stanford Summer Teaching Institute

August 3-6, 2009

2009 Stanford Summer Teaching Institute


Institute Schedule

Session Descriptions

Special Session for Administrators

Session Facilitators

Keynote Speaker




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Registration and light breakfast

Morning Sessions

Knowledge of Mathematics for Teaching
Designed for teachers of mathematics in grades 4-9

This workshop will focus on Knowledge of Mathematics for Teaching: the knowledge of mathematics, students’ mathematical reasoning, and instructional practices that teachers need in order to support student learning. Activities will be organized around a small number of rich mathematics problems. Teachers will explore multiple representations and solution strategies, as well as a variety of instructional techniques for teaching the problem to their students. They will use student work samples and classroom video to analyze students’ thinking about the problem and consider ways of building on it.

Instructors: Hilda Borko and Erin Baldinger

The Glamour of Grammar: Mechanics, Style, and the Art of Persuasion
Designed for teachers of language, writing and literature in grades 4-12

This session explores relevant and meaningful aspects of grammar and style. Participants
will be asked to consider grammar in context of rhetorical strategies, investigating the ways in which our choices regarding the rules and regulations that govern our language can work to improve argumentative writing and presentation. To this end, we will review a variety of grammatical conventions, examining their potential effects on meaning in our own writing and that of our students’. Additionally, the class will devote significant time to exploring innovative and productive methods of teaching mechanics and style to middle school and high school students.

Instructor: Rod Taylor

Teaching with Primary Sources: From Archive to Lesson Plan
Designed for teachers of social studies and humanities in grades 5-12

Using primary sources in the classroom offers students the opportunity to engage with multiple voices from the past and present while improving their academic skills and understanding. This session will focus on locating and preparing rich primary sources for classroom use, with special emphasis on navigating the Library of Congress website. Activity features and structures for effective classroom use of primary sources will be modeled and participants will leave the workshop with sources and instructional resources to use in their own classrooms.

Instructor: Daisy Martin

Principles and Practices of Effective Mentoring
Designed for those interested in mentoring teachers of students at all grade levels

This session focuses on the development of productive mentoring relationships. It explores the various roles that mentors serve – coach, colleague, observer, model and evaluator. Participants will practice proactive approaches that support the professional growth of novice teachers, including the use of individualized observation protocols, the delivery of targeted feedback, and the strategies for effective conferences. Anyone interested in guiding the work of new teachers is welcome to attend.

Instructors: Christa Compton and Kelly Bickle

Providing Feedback that Improves Student Learning
Designed for teachers who provide written feedback to students at all grade levels

This workshop focuses on the importance of teacher feedback in lesson design and student learning. We will consider the current research that makes for quality feedback, examine models of feedback for different types of student work, including student writing, performance, and group work. Participants will practice providing feedback, as well as role play feedback scenarios. We will also attend to issues of time and classroom management in providing feedback. Teachers will leave the workshop with models and templates for feedback designed for their own classroom curriculum.

Instructor: Peter W. Williamson

12:00 - 1:15
Lunch Activities
1:30 - 4:00

Afternoon Sessions

Using and Teaching with Digital Technology
Designed for teachers of all subjects in grades 4-12

This workshop will help instructors experiment with ways in which to use the web and classroom technology to promote active, engaged learning among their students. To achieve this end, participants will do hands-on work with different types of electronic media, including PowerPoint, weblogs, and class websites. The goal is to demonstrate best practices for both teacher and student use of technology. Teachers will finish the workshop having had practical experience with these tools and having developed model lessons and assignments tailored to their individual classroom needs. Participants should bring their own laptop to the workshop, if they have one.

Instructor:Christine Alfano

Hands On Learning in the Science Classroom
Designed for teachers of science in grades 6-12

This session aims to use hands-on science activities as the focus of critical analysis and reflection of science teaching. Participants will experience classroom science lessons and activities from multiple perspectives: science teacher, science student, English language learner, etc. Participants will analyze lessons and activities to identify key elements that support effective learning, and explore ways to adapt lessons and activities to a diversity of student groups and needs. Teachers will leave the workshop with various planning tools, classroom management resources, and sample activities.

Instructor: Octavio J. Rodriquez

Moving All Students Forward! Leveraging Differentiated Instruction to Increase Academic Success
Designed for teachers of all grade levels

Differentiation modules will take teachers through a process of applying five basic components of differentiated instruction to content area instruction: pre-assessment, differentiating environment, differentiating content, differentiating process, differentiating product. Teachers will learn how to apply content based, differentiated tools/strategies in order to meet the diverse learning needs of students, including English Learners.

Instructor: Laura Gschwend

Teaching with Contemporary Children's Literature
Designed for teachers of literature and reading in grades K – 8

This workshop considers contemporary children’s literature and how it can be used in the classroom. We will read new and award-winning children’s literature, including wordless picture books, graphic novels, retold fairy tales, collaged chapter books, and ironic stories. We will review the most recent research on how young readers engage with literature, and practice ways to use these texts in the classroom to teach the skills of reading literature, and reading life. Teachers will not need to purchase titles to participate in this workshop, but should come prepared to share and read a wide variety of texts. Time will be designed into the workshop for participants to design children’s literature into their own classroom lesson and curriculum plans.

Instructor: Jennifer Lynn Wolf