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Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less so Readers Can Do More (Grades K-5)

    10/08/2019 08:30:00

  • Location: Visalia
  • Address: TCOE Administration, Redwood Rooms CDEF 6200 S. Mooney Blvd.

Learn how to give students the practice they need to apply new learning independently! 

This workshop shows teachers how to look at their instruction to find places where they are doing the work for students, creating dependency, and interfering with student growth. Simple adjustments to instruction can lead to powerful shifts in student engagement and learning. 

Through this workshop you will receive: 


  • A process for listening to students read that will help you know which types of strategies they need to learn. 
  • A scaffolding tool to guide your language when you interact with students who are stuck so that you do not inadvertently teach them to rely on you (learned helplessness!). 
  • Text recommendations and a rubric for selecting texts for read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. 
  • Tools for planning connected instruction across these instructional contexts. 

This is not a sit-and-get workshop, but a fully-interactive day of learning and sharing with teachers like you. And, at the end of the day, you’ll have simple strategies that you can immediately use in your classroom to transform the way you teach. 

Meet Your Presenter: KIM YARIS of Burkins and Yaris 

Kim Yaris is a co-author of Who’s Doing the Work?: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More, as well as Reading Wellness: Lessons in Independence and Proficiency. 

Co-authored with writing partner Jan Burkins, these professional books provide practical ideas for teaching students to become increasingly independent and proficient in an age where heavy teacher talk is the status quo. Drawing on their more than 50 combined years of experience in education, Burkins and Yaris are passionate about helping teachers navigate, understand, and implement standards-based instruction without sacrificing their inner teacher. They also facilitate professional development for school districts and write a widely-read blog at 

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