2011 Kindergarten Conference Updates

So far the morning has been going well here on the first day of the 2011 IL ASCD Kindergarten Conference.  Some of the featured speakers this morning included Wendy Halperin, Kim Adsit, Kim Jordano, and Shari Sloane.  There has been a great crowd with a lot of turnout at most of the presentations.

Halperin discussed the importance of drawing as a building block to getting students to read.  She also discussed the importance of coloring and drawing from left to right as it develops patterns that help children learn to read from left to right.  Halperin also says drawing gives children a visual vocabulary that allows them to have fun while learning to read.  For more information, go to WendyHalperin.com.

Kim Jordano, a kindergarten teacher from California, talked about the importance of singing, dancing, and making sure to have fun while doing lessons.  She said the single biggest factor in having a kindergarten student tune out can be a stale, dry environment.  Follow her at kinderbykim.com.

Shari Sloane presented on “Writing with Young Children”.  Sloane mentioned the importance of using dry erase whiteboards with students as a great tool for interactive writing.  Her presentation was standing room only, as seen in the photograph below.

Continue to follow the 2011 IL ASCD Kindergarten Conference here, on Twitter at @IASCDKinderCon, and blogging on ASCD’s social network EDge.

About Pat

Pat Riley is student teaching at Amundsen High School in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood for the fall of 2010. He will be teaching Contemporary American History, starting just before the Civil War, as he works towards his Type 9 certificate with an endorsement in History and hopefully Business. Previously, he worked in public relations and business development for a law firm in Chicago, but decided his passion was education. Prior to working in public relations and business development, Mr. Riley received a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Marketing from Indiana University. Follow his blog at Musings on Apples and Education.
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