Last Saturday was the kind of glorious day that can only be experienced in Columbus, Ohio. In the midst of a winter that our own Dr. Tucker describes as the “worst winter in 33 years” Saturday happened. We had a day of almost 60 degree weather with blue skies and sunshine.
In the morning the Olentangy bike path was full of runners and walkers. At the Thomas Worthington boys basketball game grown men arrived as spectators in cargo shorts and flip-flops. The Chili dinner I attended at Phoenix middle school felt like a barbecue outside would have been more appropriate. We had 12 hours of glorious non-winter weather before our next “Polar Vortex” dips into Central Ohio.
In the midst of this once a year type day nearly 20 Worthington staff members chose to focus on their own development and work to perfect their teaching instead of enjoying the weather. These educators chose to attend the 25th Annual Dublin Literacy Conference. Worthington was represented by district administrators, building principals, library media specialists, elementary, middle school, high school and reading teachers!
This training day offered Worthington Staff members the opportunity to collaborate, learn and become inspired! In particular, keynote speaker Penny Kittle provided engaging and innovative strategies. She discussed the 8 steps to ensure that students develop “Book Love.” Further, the conference offered a variety of breakout sessions on writing, technology, learning, English Language Learning and much more…..and that was just the morning!
Our educators reported some key take aways from their day:
- Students should volume read and write every day in every way!
- We need to strive to create independent writers and readers: our writers and readers are too dependent on the teacher.
- Teachers should model writing: they should write beside their students
- Students need to read everything: start and encourage what they like…..give it time and the students will increase rigor because of their interest.
- Teachers should listen to students: they will tell us what they like and why they don’t like to read. We need to use that information to get them excited.
Our Worthington educators are life-long learners and work tirelessly to improve their practice. It’s the perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday!
– Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent