2015/16 SIM Regional Update Conference Participant

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Excellent professional development on Informative Theme Writing by Jean Schumaker

janut1952 Almost 6 years ago

I learned much about Theme Writing, which I will share in presenting next year. She made multi-paragraph writing look feasible for HS.

dcole1962 Almost 7 years ago

All of the sessions I attended were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between the presenter and teachers.

ehardman Almost 7 years ago

Word Mapping

I learned a lot about using Word Mapping, in addition to Lincs, for building vocabulary with our students.  We have not yet trained Word Mapping, but our team members are planning to practice with the strategy next school year in anticipation of training the strategy in 17-18.  I enjoyed having the session with the author, Monica.
jlmeyer Almost 7 years ago

It was a great session with new friends from outside of Iowa and new strategies and ideas to explore.

Nice way to reinvigorate during summer break.
tblakeslee Almost 7 years ago

SIM Webquest by Patty

This was the best session to help me figure out the new website and what parts of it are relevant to me.  
rosed Almost 7 years ago

Informative Writing

I really love that there are different structures of planning available to students within this writing strategy.  This really opens up possibilities to offer students more choice in their writing topic/focus, and it gives teachers more options to support students in interacting with writing.  I also am thrilled by the different organizers that assist teachers and students in how to best organize the information that they are covering/sharing.  
lbell Almost 7 years ago

The session on Gist was amazing. My students will definitely be challenged to the fullest.

mfrancko Almost 7 years ago

Scientific Argumentation Routine

This Routine will be an excellent way to meet the ELA standards for critically reading argumentative text as well as writing argumentative text.  It can also be used across several content areas such as social studies and science.
syoungers Almost 7 years ago


I learned a lot about the differences between the different types of persuasive and argumentation.  I really want to see the book in person so that I can start implementing it in my classroom.
greenmonsters83 Almost 7 years ago

Theme Writing Strategy- Informative

The Theme Writing Strategy - Informative includes 5 lessons. Lesson 1 is a review of the TOWER steps and diagram. Students will learn how to write essays using Compare, Contrast, Cause, and Effect formats. Looking through the "How Much Time" section for each lesson, it appears it might take over 40 days to complete this strategy.  Time is needed for instructional days, for students to research and write essays, and for the teacher to provide feedback for each lesson. The example essay for this strategy is based on "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Prerequisite: Students should have completed the Fundamentals of Paragraph Writing Strategy.
presley Almost 7 years ago

Theme Writing: Jean Schumaker and Melissa Clarke June 15, 2016

This was a very thorough explanation of the Theme Writing Strategy.
There were no suggestions about how to present this strategy to teachers or what would constitute mastery by teachers.

Virtual presentations should consider lighting.  We saw a silhouette of Jean Schumaker and a ppt that was 99%text, some of which was hard to read.
chrisnoel Almost 7 years ago