Welcome. My name is Corbett Harrison, and I have been an educator since 1990, and a teacher-trainer since 1998. I specialize in teaching writing using differentiated instruction techniques. I also focus on critical thinking skills, especially during the pre-writing and revision steps of the writing process. Every year, I challenge myself to improve my writing instruction even more, and this website is where I post my most successful new ideas.

The Northern Nevada district I serve has a "balanced calendar" that has me teaching from early August to early June, and during my 7 weeks of summer and during my two annual two-week breaks, I independently contract to present workshops to school districts and professional organizations around the country.

I have no available dates left in 2017.

In 2018, I may have availability between January 8-12, March 26- April 6, and June 11 - July 27, October 1-5.

If you would like to verify my availability for a specific date or dates in the windows offered above, please contact me at this e-mail address.

You can find general information about my workshops here.

Always
Write

 
       Because writing--when taught right--can be the most enjoyable part of your teaching day, I created this website.

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I am always on the lookout for new, relevant tools for students projects that promote student-centered instruction and innovative uses of technology.

"Creativity is Contagious. Pass it on." --Albert Einstein My school district has a 21st Century Teaching & Learning plan, and I have been taking the after school courses they have designed for teachers to better our use of these skills when designing learning opportunities for our students. I've made it through all of 21st Century classes but the last one, which I am currently finishing, and as part of that final class's assignment, I need to facilitate a workshop for my peers. I decided to facilitate a creativity-inspired Make-n-Take Workshop. This resource page is where I will store workshop links and extra copies of handouts and other resources.

I recently attended a conference where I heard many teachers bragging about their students' success that came after establishing classroom "maker spaces," so I've decided we will be having a "maker space" workshop that promotes 21st Century Thinking. We will be having a grand time while learning to use Google Slides with Screencast-o-matic to record personalized and narrated presentations for projects we may assign. My workshop participants will get to--first-- "play" with the tools at the Saturday workshop, and then they will plan a recorded exemplar that shows them sharing information. Upon returning to their classrooms and schools, workshop participants will share their own exemplars with their students, challenging those students to consider using these tools for an upcoming project.

In the spring of 2017, we will be sharing our students' best exemplars of recorded presentations as we create a department collection of student samples for future students to analyze.

Steps for participants taking this workshop:

  1. Sign up online and begin asking, "What topic could I create a 5-10 minute videoed presentation about for this workshop?" I have included four examples below in the form of You-Tube videos. I hope they inspire you to come up with a topic that will make sense for your classroom and its unique qualities
  2. For our Saturday workshop's morning learning challenges, please come with the following items:
    • an interesting hat (either interesting looking or it has an interesting story behind it)
    • two towels (ones that might serve as an interesting background if we drape them behind someone being videoed)
    • a teaching topic for your own recorded presentation, which we will work on in the afternoon
    • a laptop (with a webcam) from your own GT cart -- this one is optional, but if you want to have a computer set-up for your classroom, bring a laptop for us to set-up.
    • a mouse (wireless or USB), especially if you have trouble working a laptop's touch mouse.
  3. During our Saturday workshop's afternoon session, plan/create your teacher-made videoed presentation that you can share with your own students.
  4. Share your video and encourage your students to try using Google Slides & Screencast-o-matic the next time you have something project-based going on.
  5. Collect some top-notch student samples that we can share with the whole staff at a meeting this spring.
Here are Four Videoed Presentations I Created for the Purpose of Sharing with my Students
Video 1: Modeling Metacognition...How to Write an Unusual Recipe for Class
Video 2: Modeling a Project...Top Ten Lists
Video 3: Modeling a Project...Book Talk
Video 4: Modeling a Project...Vocabulary Workshop

Attempt #1 (I forgot to make a test video and the graphic hid my video!!)
Attempt #2 (I forgot to check the microphone settings and YIKES!!)

 

Saturday Workshop, Morning & Afternoon Sessions:

Here is the slideshow for this workshop, if you want to follow along on your own devices:

When you arrive on Saturday...Between 8:55 and 9:15:
  • Come grab a laptop or "fire up" the one you brought. Laptops must have webcams!
  • In another tab, go to Screencast-O-Matic and create a free account. do NOT download anything from this site...yet.
  • Open your headset/microphone, plug it in, and see what you can do with it! Try watching the video links above and adjusting the volume with the headset's volume control.
  • Open today's Slideshow by clicking here or on the image at right.
  • Assist any other workshop participants to make it all the way to #5 with these steps by 9:15, which is our official start time.

 

Partner Video Challenges -- These will be the "Centers" for our Maker Space Workshop
You and a partner will collaborate to brainstorm an idea for a videoed presentation, organize and plan it, rehearse it, record it, and share it. Videos are not to exceed one minute in length.
Center #5:
Moveable Me!

 

Clean Copies of Workshop Resources
Rubric Template: 4 criteria/3 levels
Rubric Template: 4 criteria/4 levels
Broken Squares PDF
(off-site link)

 

Reminder of this Workshop's Expectations:
  • Finalize your videoed presentation/demonstration. It's okay if it isn't a perfect video.
  • Finalize a general rubric for a videoed presentation that you can share with your students.
  • Show your videoed presentation to your students, and have them analyze your sample against the rubric; challenge your students to create a Screencast-O-Matic as evidence of their own learning for a future project, unit or lesson.
  • Work really hard to get multiple examples. Select a favorite student sample by May 5. Get a permission slip signed. Get the video to Corbett somehow.

At a Spring and/or Fall all-staff get-together, we will showcase several student samples.

 

Before we leave at 3:00:
  • Take any technology, hats, or towels you brought with you! Triple-check the room before you leave