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Welcome to Summer Spark 2016!  We hope you have an incredible two days of innovating, collaborating, and connectating!  The collaborative notes and presenter materials will be available at http://bit.ly/USMSparkNotes16. Let us know if we can help you in any way.  Enjoy!
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Tuesday, June 14 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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Based on Erik Palmer's new book, Good Thinking (published in April, 2016), teachers of all subject matters will learn how to transform the activities they already use into openings for improving student thinking. Developing reasoning skills will also improve their oral and written communication, which are very important for their future success in the real world. Sandy will share classroom-tested lessons to help students understand the principles of good arguments and proper use of evidence. Many of these lessons were created and tested in Sandy's classroom, since she is one of the featured teachers in Erik's book.
Participants will have opportunities to explore these lessons during the workshop. Plus, Erik Palmer and Stenhouse have generously donated copies of Good Thinking for a few lucky participants. One of them could be you!
Last year at Summer Spark, Sandy presented on speaking skills: namely PVLEGS. Argument and reasoning skills provide the backbone for strong speaking. Attend this session and learn fun and engaging ways to give your students these skills.

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Sandy Otto

6th MS English Teacher, 6th MS English Teacher
I am a passionate reading, writing, speaking and listening teacher. I teach 6th MS English. I've met two of my Ed heroes, Kelly Gallagher and Erik Palmer. Looking forward to meeting many others, as well as authors of the books I read and love. Love Twitter chats, Voxer, EdCamps and... Read More →

Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
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