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Adrienne Gear's Powerful Thinking Model - Free Pro-D for COTA Members

Mar 08, 2018 jjamison



           Helping students Explore, question and

           transform their understanding of themselves,

           others and the world.   (Pembroke, 2018)                         

Adrienne Gear

COTA is proud and excited to bring Adrienne Gear back in our district to share ideas from her new book “Powerful Understanding.”  In this session, she will explain the “Powerful Thinking” model and how it can be used to help students read, connect and reflect to deepen their understanding of themselves, others and the world.  Adrienne’s new book explores effective ways to build social-emotional skills as well as promoting critical thinking – two important core competencies of our new curriculum.

For those familiar with the Adrienne’s Reading Power strategies, you will see how she has integrated them into this model to extend and deepen learning.  As always, Adrienne will share lessons and student samples and you will come away with a list of great new anchor books!   Come to this session and leave inspired and ready to teach your students to think critically and reflectively AND be confident, compassionate and caring citizens!

          Space is limited!  Register early to secure your place at this workshop! 

Date: Thursday, April 26th

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Hollywood Road Educational Center – Room 1

Registration:  COTA Professional Development


Copies of Adrienne’s new book will be available to purchase at the workshop.   ($27.50 - cash, cheque or credit)


Adrienne Gear has been a teacher with the Vancouver school board for over 25 years.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher librarian and district Literacy Mentor.  She continues to teach part time, as well as provide professional workshops, demonstration lessons and leadership sessions to schools and districts throughout the province.  Adrienne is the author of four other books: Reading Power-Revised and Expanded (Pembroke, 2015) Nonfiction Reading Power (Pembroke, 2008), Writing Power (Pembroke, 2011), and Nonfiction Writing Power (2014). 

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