Teacher Professional Development Sheltered Instruction 4-Square Brainstorm

Teacher Professional Development

Sheltered Instruction 4-Square Brainstorm


4 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 12


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Have you been recruited to provide PD to teachers at your school or district that focuses on sheltered instructional strategies to help both ELLs and native speakers?
Are you an instructional coach or administrator looking to provide a 30 minute training at a staff meeting or in-service day?
This ready-to-use, 30 minute professional development session might be perfect for you and could save you hours of planning time.
After this 30 minute interactive professional development session, your participants will be able to immediately implement this sheltered strategy in their classrooms.
This presentation is geared towards teachers who teach grades 4-12 or adult learners.
STRATEGY NAME: 4-Square Brainstorm
4-Square Brainstorm is a brainstorming activity where students start with a target words, generate related words, and then categorize the words. This activity uses a 4-square model (also known as a Frayer model).
Contents: (each is a separate file included in the download)
1 slide show to project and guide participants (PPT, 8 slides) – Can be opened as Google Slides after initial download as a PPT file, even if you do not have PPT as an available application.
1 ready-to-print Participant Packet to use at the professional development session (PDF, 6 pages)
1 ready-to-print Facilitator Information and Instructions Form (PDF, 1 page)
1 ready-to-print file with just the Strategy Information Card and the 4-Square Templates (PDF, 3 pages; also included in the participant packet)
This combination of resources will allow you to provide a 30 minute PD session that is focused on one sheltered instructional strategy that can be used in classrooms grades 4-12 and in classrooms with adult learners. The strategy comes with suggested prompts that will be applicable in the vast majority of classrooms, or you can customize the prompts if you would like.
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