Reading maketh a full man;
conference a ready man;
and writing an exact man.
–Francis Bacon, On Studies, 1601
To Get Kids Thinking!
All Learning Is Connected
Louise’s programs show teachers how to integrate literacy skills in meaningful ways and how to develop students’ critical thinking skills. Think! Like Socrates and Think! Like a Writer will incorporate the three major literacy shifts of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards:
Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts
Reading and writing grounded in evidence from text
Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary
Investing in Teachers = Brighter Students
Investment in high quality professional development is the best investment a school system can make because the single most important factor in any child’s education is what his teachers know and can do.
The extended engagement of the unique three-day Think! Like Socrates program and the one-day Think! Like a Writer program will provide deep learning for teachers and result in better thinking for students.
What Teachers are saying about Think! with Louise Miller
Benefits identified by Upper Elementary Teacher:
Higher order thinking
Allows for another form of formative assessment
Adds variety to literature units (or even other subjects)
Benefits identified by Middle School Teacher:
Seminars give students a sense of control in the classroom
Being in a circle helps them feel more comfortable in sharing
Students get to see their peers actually analyzing and interpreting