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Assessing Literacy Growth with the 4 M Framework

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Assessing Literacy Growth with the 4 M Framework

Presented by Billy Spicer, Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in Illinois
Sponsored by myON

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As educators, we are constantly seeking meaningful and authentic means to address the level of engagement with our readers. With the continued implementation of mobile devices across classrooms of all ages, students now expect a level of interactivity within their reading experience. Unfortunately, this expectation is not always met and all parties miss out on an opportunity for purposeful literacy growth. Students desire “anywhere, anytime” access to information, including both fiction and nonfiction texts. How can we, as educators, navigate the new challenges being raised to existing models for thinking within, about, and beyond the text?

In this edWebinar, Instructional Coach at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 Billy Spicer, shareS Gravity Goldberg’s 4 M Framework from her Mindsets & Moves book. The framework offers a platform for you to truly model the adage “work smarter, not harder” regardless of how your students are interacting with text. Adopting this framework will assist you to take a step back in terms of driving instruction and instead, truly allow students to show what they are capable of, where they’re headed next, and how to collectively get there. Learn how to:

  • Study your students with wonder and awe
  • Explore each of the 4 Ms and their purpose:
    • Miner: Uncovering students’ reading processes (focus: assessment)
    • Mirror: Giving feedback that reinforces a growth mindset (focus: feedback)
    • Model: Showing readers what we do (focus: demonstration)
    • Mentor: Guiding students to try new ways of reading (focus: guided practice and coaching)
  • Create spaces for student ownership
  • Apply Gravity Goldberg’s 4 M Framework when assessing your students’ level of engagement

Billy SpicerAbout the Presenter

Billy Spicer currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After 10 years teaching grades three to five, Billy now serves students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time with the Shedd Aquarium in the Bahamas where he lived on a research vessel for a week conducting scientific inquiry. Earlier in his career, he worked at Walt Disney World for the Animal Programs department in entertaining, educating, and inspiring conservation action. Billy facilitates a passion for literacy, passionate learning, and social media to discover creative ways for students to meet their individual learning needs. He believes that authentic and purposeful technology integration is a non-negotiable aspect in providing students with the tools to be successful. Billy earned his BA in elementary education at Illinois State University and an MA in literacy and reading from Benedictine University. To learn more about his interests and passions in and out of the classroom, follow him on Twitter @MrBillySpicer.

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Monday, June 19, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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