What did you learn?
Comments from Resource Teachers attending the 2008 Statewide Seminar
sponsored by the Virginia Association for the Gifted.
Your workshop on Differentiating Instruction in Language Arts was
the best I have attended in many years. Your slides, activities,
open discussion, and general presentation inspired and motivated me
to return to my classroom with a whole new
set of techniques! I am excited about the possibilities to utilize
the many tools you shared with us, as well the many practical ideas
others shared with the group. Thank you so much for re-igniting my
passion for "teaching outside the box" and making education fun
again!!! Teachers and
administrators need more time with people like you. What an
inspiration. -- Kathleen Grantier, O.T. Bonner Middle
School, Danville, Virginia
This workshop has given me so much I can use and share right
now. The organization of the handout and workshop was
excellent and Mary Ann elicited many examples from the
audience because she validated our ideas. I have gotten
much more than 1 day’s collection of ideas. --
Ragland, Woodburn Elementary School for Fine & Communicative
Arts, Fairfax County, Virginia
There is no way to write down what I learned on an exit
card. I took notes in my binder for your handout, notes on
my laptop, notes in a notebook. Oh, and I used up almost an
entire pad of 2 ½ x 2 ½ stickers. This was wonderful.
Thank you. I suggested that they engage you as the keynote
speaker next year.
For once, I found a workshop that was very applicable to my
I learned that differentiation doesn’t have to take an
extraordinary amount of time if I use your suggested
I learned some great ways to help students overcome the
“blank page.” I will use so much of what you gave me.
I use many of these strategies already, but you gave me
great ways to revise them.
I learned about RAFT and lots of wonderful ways to
differentiate tomorrow! Thank you for all the wonderful
You are a wonderful presenter!!!!!!
I learned that differentiating in the classroom is essential
and not difficult.
I learned so much and I will use it all!!! I will share
with the teachers I work with as a resource teacher.
The writing activities were excellent. I want to try all of
I learned how to tier lessons without using too much extra
I will use the personification with my class to really get
them thinking. And, I love the metaphors and know that my
students will enjoy these writing activities.
I learned that I am doing a lot of things correctly. A little affirmation never hurts. I can’t wait to try these
RAFT was new to me. I think that will be a very useful
tool. Most importantly, the chance to compare notes and
brainstorm is a real rejuvenator for me.
Differentiation doesn’t have to be time-consuming. There
are many easy things that can be implemented.
I loved this seminar. I especially enjoyed the RAFT idea
because I’m doing a unit on perspective.
I am excited to use the RAFT activities. This made it seem
so user friendly. Also, I will definitely use the Private
Eye School book (tomorrow actually).
I learned millions of ways to differentiate!!!
Great time-saving ideas that differentiate. Thank you for
the Bloom’s Taxonomy questions I can use for any book and
have something that challenges everyone.
My day with you was well spent. I will use many ideas such
as: “What is the question?” Personify the topic,
techniques to effectively manage differentiation in the
classroom, speech bubbles, the fold-up VENN diagram.
I learned new strategies or remembered strategies I had not
used in a while. I really appreciate the great handouts.
They will make it easy to implement right away such as
cubing and RAFT.
I love the presentation. Thank you for some terrific,
practical ideas. I’ll try the 3 Strike idea tomorrow.
I learned many new strategies for differentiating
instruction for my gifted students. I like how [you]
took us beyond Bloom’s Taxonomy and encouraged us to dig
deeper with questioning. Also, the use of tiered
questions. I can’t wait to try these new strategies. I
will use these as my students explore literary genres.
I learned too many things to note here. I took 5 full pages
of notes. I’ll list a few favorites: RAFT, Tic-Tac-Toe,
help with rubrics and Anchor Questions.
I love the writing center ideas!!!!!
Thank you for clarifying tiered lesson plans. I understand
them so much better.
I learned strategies to differentiate reading and writing in
creative ways. I will model these strategies in the
classrooms I work in.
I learned so many things I can use in my classroom, too many
to list. I was most impressed with the innovative ideas for
writing prompts. I am determined to make writers out of all
of my students, not just the gifted.