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Talk, Read, Talk, Write Testimonial

I decided to try out talk, read, talk, write with my classes. I was a little skeptical at first because I have had a hard time getting decent writing samples out of my students in the past. I'm not an English teacher so I didn't want to spend too much time working on that skill! I was also apprehensive because I was worried about keeping everyone on topic during the talk pieces.

Boy, was I wrong!! It worked so well! Kids (most of them) were on topic and engaged during the talk pieces. They were zoned in to the reading and did a great job of annotating/highlighting. And, best of all, the writing is in complete, coherent sentences! I can actually grade it! 

 I'm really happy with how this turned out and we've already decided to do another TRTW next week. I hope you can swing by again!

Colleen Cupp
7th/8th Grade Science/Pre-AP science
Terry Middle School

Nancy did a wonderful job as always! Just this morning I was in a meeting with a district administrator who had sent a large number of teachers to the training. She commented that one of her teachers stopped her to tell her strategies from the training that were already making a positive difference in his class. She asked me to have Nancy back next year and repeat these two days so the rest of her staff can attend!

ESC Region 05

Talk, Read, Talk, Write (TRTW) is a practical approach to classroom instruction that helps students meet and exceed the state standards for learning in the core classes while also developing the literacy skills needed for success in the 21st century. During the training, participants will experience the TRTW approach as learners themselves, and receive step-by-step instructions for how to implement the approach using actual classroom examples. Other training topics include: how to facilitate structured conversations, how to hold students accountable for active participation, how to move students toward successful independent reading and writing, and how to troubleshoot common roadblocks to reading, writing and talking in the classroom. Participants will leave knowing how to give students consistent opportunities to orally process what they are learning, to make meaning in the company of their peers, and to read and write for an authentic purposes, all while mastering academic content.