Our team decided that the workshop model would be our first topic for the meetings, and from there the topics would be driven by the teams.
I started by using an Affinity Diagram with my teachers. I needed to know their background knowledge on the workshop model and I thought it was important for them to also hear from each other. I had them write a word or a phrase on post-its that came to mind when they heard the phrase "Workshop Model." From here, they put their post-its up on chart paper and started to look for patterns. They discussed how certain post-its went together and why and then determined a word to categorize the post-its. Here is what one of my teams came up with...
Their initial categories were: mini-lesson, work time, differentiation, summary/closure.
From here we watched the fabulous Mr. Minor demonstrate a mini-lesson on creating setting for fantasy writing (https://vimeo.com/55966103). The teachers wrote down what they noticed about the lesson and then we shared out. There are some misconceptions that I will need to clear up in one-on-one situations, but overall I was pleased with how the discussion went.
Lastly, we discussed the critical elements of the workshop model, and I stressed that this can happen in any content.
- tight focused mini-lesson, with direct modeling, "This is my turn to show you"
- guided practice
- independent work time (Daily 5, guided reading, conferencing, strategy focus groups, literature discussion groups, etc)
- Share time (purposes: share what you did during independent practice, how did we manage, teaching/pushing them even further)