SPEAKING – Teacher Workshops

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Teacher Workshops

 Becca Todd, Berkeley District Librarian, Matthew, and Estella Sisnero of LeConte Elementary School in

Berkeley, CA, summon rare gusto for reading aloud

“I wanted to thank you for the fabulous  presentation and also for being so easy to work with. You really were very accommodating  to all of our needs.  I know you inspired many  teachers with your presentation.”

—Linda Cranor, Child Start, Inc. / Raising a Reader, Napa and Solano Counties, California<“You were terrific! The [graduate] students really enjoyed your presentation

“You were terrific! The [graduate] students really enjoyed your presentation

and learned so much from you.”

—Dr. Dianne Lapp, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University

No one dozes off during a Matthew Gollub teacher inservice or workshop for staff development! (Hint: “In services” typically run 2-3 hours and cover a variety of topics listed below. “Workshops” are shorter, with a tighter focus, usually on a single topic listed below.) From Story time techniques and Creative Writing, to strategies for promoting Literacy schoolwide, Matthew speaks at individual schools as well as school districts and teacher conferences. He also provides resource packets upon request. Here are Matthew’s most popular topics for teachers of Pre-K through 8th grades. He provides books and resource packets to all participants upon request.

Techniques for a Dynamic Storytime

For years, Matthew has refined this outstanding workshop, tailoring it to librarians, teachers, teachers’ aides, and parents. He presents simple but powerful techniques for anyone interested in reading aloud to children. Using his infectious mix of druming and theatrics, he not only shares his passion for reading, but demonstrates how to involve students in storytime body and soul.This energizing workshop will help make reading the most awaited part of your students’ day.Even veteran teachers and librarians take away new ideas! Matthew offers this trademark program in English, Spanish, or both at the same time.

Grades: Ideal for children’s librarians and teachers of pre-K -5th.
Length: 1 to 1.5 hours
Language: English, Spanish, or Bilingual Presentation
Set-up time: 30 minutes
Materials: A large room that can be darkened for slides; a screen on which to project slides; a P.A. system (for more than 40 participants); extension cord; a boom-box style cassette or CD player; a large table on which to set books and props, a chalkboard, whiteboard or easel with marking pens.

Drumming Up Readers at School and at Home

All parents and teachers know how to cultivate readers, right? WRONG! Around 50% of American families DON’T read to their kids on a regular basis, and in their training a great many teachers are no longer required to take a course on children’s literature. What’s more, many grown-ups never had the benefit of being raised with books and reading customs. With humor, compassion and an eye for interesting facts, Matthew shares powerful ideas from his award-winning book, Give the Gift! 10 Fulfilling Ways to Raise a Lifetime Reader. Between the ages of O-16, kids spend an average of just 9% of their lives in school. How to hook them on reading for pleasure with such limited time in class? How to tap into their vast potential to read more at home? Teachers leave with loads of ideas to share with their own students, and renewed sensitivity in discussing reading customs with their students’ parents. When kids read for fun, their proficiency jumps, and students, parents and teachers win!

Grades: Ideal for teachers of pre-K -8th.
Length: 1 to 1.5 hours
Language: English, Spanish, or Bilingual Presentation
Set-up time: 30 minutes
Materials: A large room that can be darkened for slides; a screen on which to project slides; a P.A. system (for more than 40 participants); extension cord; power-strip, and large table on which to set books and props.

1,2,3, Write!

In this creative writing workshop for teachers, Matthew covers practical, interactive techniques to free the stories in their students’ minds. Thought by thought, phrase by phrase, details flow and stories take shape. Exercises designed for even reluctant writers trigger sensory thinking and evocative verbs. Hands-on practice helps teachers lead students through brain-storming, composition, editing and revision. Participants leave with newfound confidence in sharing these creative processes in class.

Grades: Teachers of 2-6th
Length: 50 minutes to 1.5 hours
Language: English
Set-up Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A P.A. system (for more than 40 participants); extension cord and power strip; overhead projector and screen; transparencies and marking pens. Teachers will need paper, writing implements and a writing surface.

Jazz Poetry

Inspired by his books The Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2, Matthew shows teachers how to introduce verse using rhythm and jazz or “scat” words as the foundation. Students, in turn, love trying their hand at these poems because they first get to make up their own nonsense words! From long and short vowels to soft and explosive consonants, Matthew demonstrates how to choose pleasing phrases and integrate them into train-of-thought narratives. (ZAH-BAZA-BOO…I couldn’t find my shoe, so I SKIDDILY-BOP-SPLOR… hopped around the floor…) Finally, Matthew integrates elements of drama and music appreciation by showing participants to perform, not just read, their stories and identify and where to snap their fingers. Armed with this knowledge, teachers can engage students at all levels fo language proficiency!

Grades: Teachers of 1st-8th

Length: 30-40 minutes

Language: English

Set-up Time: 15 minutes

Materials: A P.A. system (for more than 40 participants); overhead projector and screen, transparencies and marking pens. Extension cord and power strip. Teachers will need paper, writing implements and a writing surface.

Cool Haiku–Turn to Poetry!

Matthew’s book Cool Melons–Turn to Frogs! has become a sort of classic for introducing haiku to kids. Because haiku consist of sensory details–things that students can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch– these short poems serve as an excellent stepping stone to writing compelling prose. Teachers learn the characteristics of haiku and learn to present haiku-sparking activities, many of which can tie in with science, spelling and other subjects. Matthew also demonstrates how to refine the poems with students, expanding on his haiku ideas featured in the magazine Creative Classroom. Participants leave feeling inspired to observe nature closely, and to record a meaningful moment in time.

Grades: Teachers of 2-9th
Length: 50 minutes to 1.5 hours
Language: English
Set-up Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A P.A. system (for more than 40 participants); overhead projector and screen; transparencies and marking pens; extension cord and power strip. Teachers will need paper, writing implements and a writing surface.

Note: It is highly recommended that teachers prepare themselves beforehand by first reading Cool Melons–Turn to Frogs!

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Meet Matthew

I have a passion for encouraging young people to read--and for encouraging parents to read to their kids. "Language, rhythm, color, life!"™ are the threads I weave through my books and presentations. Read more...

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