Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Training in August in Northern Michigan

This past May and June I went trough a Train the Trainers training for Language and Literacy for English Learners. Now in August it was my turn to join a couple of other trainers and deliver our first training. Our training was in a beautiful Traverse City in Northern Michigan. What could be better during summer vacation than a trip to northern Michigan?

We talked about how we learn to read or how we learn a new language. Then we tried to determine if a particular way of learning was either explicit and implicit. Great discussions followed! We as teachers had to stop and think if the way we learn would be the same for English Language Learners.

We shared many wonderful read alouds! This is one of my favorites from the four days. If you have not read it, I think you should get it!

Here is Karen, one of my wonderful go presenters! We traveled together, planned together and found great places to have dinner. We were joined by Nahla on our travels and dinners and Deb and Barbara as go presenters! I am so glad that my summer PD included these wonderful ladies. I did not just present, but I learned so much from each of them!

We did not just sit around either. We made letters and words. Most of the time with our writing utensils, but at times our whole bodies were engaged in our experiments in learning! 

I hope your summer PDs were as much fun as mine! All the best to those of you who have already started school! I have a few more days before I need to report to school! 


  1. Training that involves books, writing, and movement are sure to be enjoyed. Some day I will get to northern Michigan to see the beauty you have shared. Enjoy your last days!

  2. Nothing is as boring as sitting through a presentation where all you do is just sit and listen. I have always learned more and gotten more out of PD when the presenters had me and the others in the group actively participate.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful learning experience. Traverse City is a beautiful place! Happy new school year to you!

  4. So glad to hear about your experiences - getting up and moving in a workshop is the best. Is that a letter A? Glad you shared wonderful read alouds. Sounds like a fabulous four days!

  5. Sounds like a great experience!!! Good luck as you begin. Today is my first teacher work day!!


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