Just a quick note...
Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be presenting this coming week at Reading for the Love of It at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Toronto!
This year's conference is the 40th anniversary of the event and it should prove to be a wonderful opportunity for educators to gather and share their stories.
Here are the places where you can catch my presentations!
Best Class Ever! The Top 10 Activities for the English/Language Arts Classroom
Thursday, February 18th -- 10:45-12:00, Dominion South
Friday, February 19th -- 12:45-2:00, Dominion North
Gathered, collected, honed, and refined over the course of two decades in secondary and postsecondary education, the activities presented in this workshop are guaranteed to have your students coming up to you afterwards and saying, “Best class ever!” Whether it’s an activity based on a popular game show that brings out our passion for literature, a unit on World Mythologies that uses the framework of reality TV, or a hilarious poetry activity that sees students marry human emotions with mundane objects, participants will get a fist-hand look at some phenomenal classroom activities by getting right in there and having a blast doing them! Participants looking for a fun, activities-based workshop that can be taken directly back to the classroom need look no further.
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" -- The Top 10 Strategies for Teaching Comics
Thursday, February 18th -- 12:45-2:00, Chestnut
Friday, February 19th -- 2:15-3:30, Dominion South
Understanding that comics and graphic novels have a place in the K-12 classroom is one thing. Understanding how to teach them in a way that empowers students is quite another. This workshop provides practical teaching advice about using comics and graphic novels with struggling, reluctant, probcient, advanced, and even gifted readers and writers by looking at pedagogical strategies that maximize student engagement and build conbdence with the form. The tendency in the past has been to look at how using comics and graphic novels can improve students’ engagement with other literary genres, but this can only come about if students brst understand the visual narrative form they’re exploring. The workshop will feature a wealth of fantastic print and digital resources that teachers can start using right away in their classrooms
Dr. Glen Downey is an award-winning children's author, educator, and academic from Oakville, Ontario. He works as a children's writer for Rubicon Publishing, a reviewer for PW Comics World, an editor for the Sequart Organization, and serves as the Chair of English and Drama at The York School in Toronto.
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