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Thursday, February 20 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Activating Prior Knowledge: The True Art of Integrating Think Alouds

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“You mean to tell me all students don’t experience ongoing dialogue, in their minds, like I do when I read?” True. The good news is teachers can assist students in developing this skill by modeling Molly Ness’ three-step think aloud process. The ‘read once, read twice, read three times’ approach activates prior knowledge and heightens student ability to make connections. Think alouds also support Dr Hattie’s positive effect size (0.67) for repeated reading as a practice that accelerates student learning. Students deserve to experience the teacher’s, as well as their peers’, thinking and to hear examples that unlock hidden text ideas.

Learning outcomes include:
-Understand and practice the three-step Think Aloud planning process to model thinking habits for all of your students.
-Transfer this practice into your classroom, as a way of intentionally engaging students in meaningful predicting, questioning and metacognitive experiences to build comprehension.

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Macleod Hall E1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre