I look forward to my work in the Portland, Maine schools in 2017. Kirsten McWilliams , an ELL Teacher and I will present two content VTS workshops to teachers. Before the workshops I will spend four days in Kirsten’s classes introducing VTS via Talking Walls
Teachers will learn and practice content Visual Thinking Strategies, a discussion based teaching and learning strategy that works with all content area subjects. It encourages students to use prior knowledge and their perceptions to understand visual and written content. It is a learning cycle that asks students to engage in all four of the literacy domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Visual thinking strategies is based on teacher paraphrase of academic and precise vocabulary with call and response. It is a breakthrough strategy to use with any student but particularly with ELLs.