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Thursday, February 13 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Guided Autonomy: Dual Guiding Questions in High School ELA

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I have implemented a student-centered pedagogical approach in my high school ELA classes offering two semester plans to my students each focused around a different guiding question with different associated texts. This approach allows for my students to have autonomy in selecting the semester plan that aligns more with their personal interests, while still giving me the opportunity as a teacher to curate appropriately complex and intertextual literature. In addition to promoting engagement, the dual-guiding questions forced me to rethink and restructure how I was instructing in my class: moving away from teaching texts and toward stressing universal themes, skills, and competencies. Throughout this session, I will share the details of what my class looks like and how I am running it. I will also relay the noted benefits, challenges, and fixes. Finally, I will share with you my plans for the future which involves even more texts and guiding questions to further differentiate my practice.

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Tasia Marie Owen

ELA 9, 10-1, 20-1, and 30-1 Teacher, F. G. Miller Jr./Sr. High
I grew up and attended secondary school in Sherwood Park, Alberta. I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree with an English major at MacEwan University and then completed my Afterdegree in Education at the University of Alberta. I briefly worked for Elk Island Public at the Next Step... Read More →

Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
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