Shared Reading is a like a gift—a big, wide, colorful umbrella which can hold under it so many opportunities for reading instruction. This self-paced course will help you transform your classroom reading community, while allowing individual learners to make steady growth in many aspects of their own reading development. You'll learn the nuts and bolts of this powerful teaching strategy, all while using our template and your own carefully selected text to develop a unique, week-long Shared Reading plan for your classroom. Throughout the course, you’ll observe other teachers in action, share ideas in a discussion forum, and get feedback from your peers. Everyone in the course will add his or her work to a resource bank which all participants will have access to for one year. This course promises to power up your instructional strategies while building joy and excitement in your young readers! By completing this learning experience, teachers will receive a certificate of completion worth 2.5 professional credit hours.
This course is designed for K-3 teachers who are looking to refine their reading instruciton strategies through the study and practice of Shared Reading. During this course, learners will build their understanding in the following ways:
- Examine a literacy rich classroom and see what the framework of Shared Reading looks like.
- Understand the guidelines for selecting the right Shared Reading text.
- Hone your ability to design “just right” word study experiences to meet a variety of different learners’ needs.
- Identify fluency extensions to a Shared Reading lesson plan – activities that increase readers’ fluency with a known text.
- Recognize the importance of balancing community and individual engagement in a classroom environment that promotes independent literacy learners.
- Gain knowledge of the guidelines for selecting the right Shared Reading text; and learn how to introduce a text for a Shared Reading lesson with your students.
- Analyze activities for differentiated groups of learners: struggling readers, readers who are on grade level, and readers whose instructional level is well above the bulk of your students.
- Apply fluency extensions into a Shared Reading lesson plan—activities that increase readers’ fluency with a known text.
- Create a Shared Reading lesson and aim to regularly use Shared Reading for literacy work.
- Read “Shared Reading: An Instructional Strategy for Teachers Grades K-3” article
- Watch “Cindy Wilson Kindergarten” video
- Chart observations in a Venn Diagram
- Discuss why it is so important to balance community and individual engagement in a classroom environment that promotes independent literacy learners.
- Watch “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Shared Reading in Kindergarten” video
- Select and Post Your Title Selection to the discussion board.
- Use a Shared Reading Lesson Plan Template to start formalizing the focus of your instruction and craft an introduction to your text choice.
- Design three follow-up activities for differentiated groups of learners
- Discuss why it might be important to present learners with opportunities to use multimodal or multisensory resources to support their learning, especially in the K-3 classroom.
- Watch model teaching videos that demonstrate three fluency activities: Read Aloud, Reader’s Theater, and Choral Reading.
- Explore Fluency Activities
- Complete a Shared Reading Lesson Plan Template.
- Take Quiz and Earn your Certificate
You will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, which can be used for verification with your school administration or state/district PD office for recertification units or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.
Learners who successfully complete PBS TeacherLine courses may be eligible for CEU credits from their state or school district. Learners should check with their district or state professional development office to determine eligibility before enrolling in a PBS TeacherLine course.
PBS TeacherLine provides Learners with:
- The opportunity to print a course certificate of completion which includes course hours of the course.
- A PDF copy of the course syllabus.
PBS TeacherLine does not offer CEUs directly and is not authorized to grant CEU credits. This is typically done by state and district professional development offices.
The Self-Paced Courses are designed to be completed in 1.5 to 4 hours. Learners have a full year of access to their Self-Paced Course content that begins immediately upon enrollment.
The design and structure of the PBS TeacherLine course is based on best practices and research that highlight the importance of content-focused curriculum methods and active learning assignments that provide teachers with opportunities to design, practice and refine teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Learners can explore the course content, watch videos, complete interactive activities, reflect on learning with peers, and take self-assessments. Working at their own pace and according to their individual schedules, learners will have access to the course for 1 year after the purchase date to complete this 2.5 hour professional learning opportunity.
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Our self-paced courses typically require 1.5 to 4 hours of study. Learners will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, activities, and multiple-choice quizzes. All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.