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Kate Bidder

Language Arts Coordinator and Classroom Teacher, American International School of Lusaka
Mrs. Kate Bidder

Educators' Conference

Kate is in her eighteenth year of teaching and seventh year of living and teaching abroad. Her career has taken her from Western Canada to Nunavut and the Northern Territories. From the Anglo American School of Moscow and on to Africa. Kate is currently a Grade 1 classroom teacher and a Language Arts Coordinator at the American International School of Lusaka. Literacy instruction is a passion for Kate. She has trained as a First Steps Reading Facilitator, run private reading clinics, worked as a special needs teacher in middle school with children struggling to read and write and, for the last seven years, Kate has worked as a classroom teacher in Grades 1 and 4. Kate is heading back up the grades to teach grade five next! Kate and her husband Kerry travel the world with their three girls and are enjoying the opportunity to raise their family in Africa.

Qualifications: B-Ed in Primary Language Arts Education from the University of Calgary, Canada and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Buffalo State, USA.


Ingrid Turner

Mathematics Coordinator and Classroom Teacher, American International School of Lusaka
Mrs. Ingrid Turner

Educators' Conference

Ingrid loves teaching. She is a highly motivated teacher who loves to learn from colleagues. Her classroom environment is both creative and caring. Ingrid’s diverse teaching experience includes working with children ranging from 5 to 18 for over twenty years. She has taught Grade 7 Maths and Drama, Grade 7 to 12 English Literature and Language, Art and French to Grades Kindergarten to Grade 5 and Special Needs to children in Primary and Secondary. Additionally she has been a classroom teacher to Grade 3 and Kindergarten. Ingrid has worked in South Africa in the Matric exam system and with the UK Cambridge and Edexcel GCSE, IGCSE and A level exam systems in Malawi and Zambia. She started a company called ‘Support in Education’ in Zambia and ran workshops in Lusaka for local schools. Ingrid is currently working at the International School of Lusaka where she is Maths Coordinator and will move from Kindergarten to be a Grade 2 classroom teacher next year.

Qualifications: BA in Psychology and English and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Natal, South Africa plus a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from The University of South Africa.

1-Hour Workshop
Title Differentiated Reading Instruction: Knowing What They Know and Where To Go With It
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered Wednesday October 24, 2012 (14:30-15:30)

Participants in this workshop will watch a video of a student reading. During the video the participants will be encouraged to complete a running record and think about the discussion they might have with the student about the text. They will complete their own protocol. Once the protocols are completed the participants will work in small groups to discuss and ascertain the student’s fluency and accuracy rate as well as his comprehension within the text, beyond the text and about the text. Additionally, in small groups, participants will make a plan for instruction and create short term objectives appropriate for the reader.

Facilitators will provide a video of a grade 2 and grade 5 student reading for the purpose of active hands on learning.

Participants will complete a reading protocol for one student and share with one another. The focus will be on the strengths of the child and areas in need of further development.

Participants will have the opportunity to write one or two - six week goals for the children.

Facilitators will provide time for discussion about best practices in the primary language arts classroom.

Facilitators will encourage sharing. Discussion will include ways to track students, instructional goals and learning outcomes and an example of the assessment agreements from AISL will be included.

Facilitators will share AISL’s Longitudinal Assessment Folder.

  • Participants will be able to link Reading Assessment to individual and small group Instructional Goals in the Kindergarten to Grade 5 Classroom.
Target Audience Educators
Conference Material None.
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