Don't let the Common Core discourage you from using a workshop instructional delivery system in your classroom! Student choice and a voice in determining what is being read and written in an ELA classroom will be highlighted. Special attention will be focused on how to get a workshop started within the first two or three days of school. An example of an assessment template for a workshop class will be shared. Bring paper, pencil, and questions/concerns you have to this interactive, learner-centered session.
Dennis Wojtaszczyk has used a workshop approach for over 20 years as a high school ELA teacher. He has been teaching at Buffalo State since 2004. Prior to that, he taught at West Seneca West Senior High for 35 years where he was department chair. Wojtaszczyk was also consultant for McDougal Littell's Literature and Language series and worked closely with Brown University on a special project—"The Coalition for Effective Schools." During his career, Wojtaszczyk received recognition for his work in and outside of the classroom: WSTA Classroom Teacher of the Year, West Seneca Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, WYNET Lifetime Achievement Award, and the inaugural SUNY Chancellor Medal for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
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