Term: Summer 2022 - Special Summer Session (05/23/2022 - 08/28/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|7/18/2022||7/22/2022||MTWRF||8:15am - 2:30pm||HS 201|
In Pursuit of Meaning: Comprehension as a Catalyst for Learning and Action
The events of the last two years have changed school forever, making it hard to find inspiration for instructional decision-making in a profession we can barely recognize. We need time in community with other educators to rethink and reprioritize our approaches to literacy. Without a doubt, one of these priorities needs to be comprehension, a pursuit of understanding and meaning-making. There is power in the ability to make sense of texts and put our comprehension to use, yet our societal reliance on testing, our “testocracy” (Guinier) has hindered this opportunity for too long.
This course will be a time to collectively expand our tools, diversify practices that elicit comprehension, and design better learning experiences for children. This course will re-engage you personally, professionally, and intellectually as we explore meaning-making, how it helps us participate in our world, and how this translates to the classroom.
Co-construct fresh and inclusive definitions of text and reading
Explore ways to enhance and assess comprehension through multiple modalities
Experience the process of meaning-making as joyful discovery
Discuss the roles of metacognition, skills, and strategies to more clearly see their power— as well as their limitations—when making meaning
Embrace comprehension as not the ultimate goal, but as a catalyst for learning, transfer, and action
Jaclyn Karabinas is an energetic, creative educator who was a classroom teacher from 2001 until 2014. Since then, she has worked with educators around New England as a consultant and instructional coach who is passionate about mixing her skill sets from the worlds of educational technology integration, arts integration, and progressive literacy instruction. Jaclyn is dedicated to honing and applying lenses of antiracism and antibias into all aspects of education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Integration in Curriculum & Instruction, is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Heinemann Professional Development Lead Instructional Designer and Marketing Liaison, UNH Learning through Teaching adjunct, wife, and mother.