Each year in the fall, the Appleseed Writing Project hosts a workshop of teaching demos. T3: Teachers Teaching Teachers is a workshop for teachers by teachers.
This is the National Writing Project’s central concept of teachers teaching teachers at its best. A “demo” is designed to spark new ideas for all teachers to implement within their classrooms, driven by an idea presented by a colleague.
NWP Summer Institute participants are very familiar with the term “demo” — the formal demonstration of teaching practice that every institute fellow presents to all the other participants.
- The idea of a “demo” is not to present a lesson as if the participants are students and the demonstrator is the teacher, but rather that the presenter gives a research-based rationale, an order of procedure for a model lesson, and a reflection on the lesson in practice to his or her peers.
- This kind of interaction allows the presenter teacher to see the lesson from different perspectives and for the audience teachers to take away new vigor and fresh ideas to implement in their own classrooms.
It will offer numerous opportunities for teachers to engage in this rich exchange of ideas and practices, from several different content areas, and many different grade levels. Demonstrations fall into the following categories of writing instruction:
- Generating ideas
- Writer’s craft
- Drafting and revising
- Write-to-learn in language arts or content area
- Digital literacy
Concluding our Day of Demos is a Young Writers Showcase, where area young writers are highlighted and a published author is our guest speaker.