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Katelynn Giordano is a Middle Level Language Arts Educator in Illinois, blogger at Curriculum Coffee, writer for the Teachers on Fire magazine, and Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Teach Better Team.
In 2019, Katelynn presented information on action research in the classroom with a team at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Baltimore.
Katelynn is a dynamic educator who is passionate about student voice and empowerment, promoting equity, and valuing teachers as professionals.
"It's all about poking the bear and facilitating good discussion."
THE TEACH BETTER MINDSET
STANDARDS-BASED GRADING (SBG)
THE POWER OF MASTERY LEARNING
GROWTH MINDSET / MINDFULNESS
FEEDBACK & ASSESSMENT
Keynotes, Workshops & Sessions:
Amplifying Student Voices
Students are the major stakeholders in their education. They are also at a pivotal moment in their lives where they are shaping their identities. As educators, we are here to help them become the people they will ultimately be. To do that effectively, we must value, lift up, and amplify their voices in our classrooms, schools, and communities.
- Discover how valuing student voice increases intrinsic motivation.
- Engage in reflective teaching practices.
- Learn the importance of truly transferring ownership to students.
- Ready themselves to begin empowering students.
- Grow & transform themselves.
Empowering Student Writers
At its core, writing is a method of communication. A form of expression. But is that how we teach it in our classrooms? Oftentimes, the way we teach writing is regimented and it does not leave a lot of room for our students’ voices. In this session, learn about research-backed writing instruction that will not only engage your students, but involve them in the full breadth of the writing process and empower them as young writers.
- Learn about research-based methods of writing instruction.
- Consider how motivational theory relates to our students’ desire to write.
- Obtain resources to shift the focus of writing instruction toward student empowerment.
- Strategies to include more voice and choice in the writing classroom.
From Pointless to Purposeful: Teachers Grading Less, Students Learning More
Assessing students is a vital component of education. There are many factors to consider when assessing student learning to ensure all assessments are learning-focused, student driven, & aligned to our course objectives and standards. In this session, you will learn strategies to build targeted assessments & equitable grading practices that achieve your desired goals & that value & empower student voice.
- Discover research that supports new grading and reporting practices.
- Gain familiarity with backwards design for assessment.
- Learn strategies to personalize assessment for students.
- Manageable strategies to help you grade LESS, but more effectively!
Teachers as Researchers
In the educational field, teachers are the experts. Often, when we have a question, we seek answers from outside research. While this is absolutely valuable, when current research doesn’t have the answers, we usually just… stop.
But we shouldn’t! As professionals and experts, we are equipped to find answers and do our own research. This session will provide you with starting points, tools, and guidance to conduct your own research in the classroom.
Participants will learn:
- Hallmarks of action research and question formulation.
- Data collection methods and tips to quantify information.
- Strategies to conduct research that will determine the effectiveness of instructional strategies, methods of teaching, and more.