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Making Thinking Visible-A Martin Institute Learning Seminar

On Friday, October 24th, over 85 participants joined the Martin Institute for a learning seminar on "Making Thinking Visible.” To kick off the seminar, the morning session was led by a team of Presbyterian Day School (PDS) teachers and featured a presentation by Heather Fisher of Dogwood Elementary School. The presenters used Harvard Thinking Routines to discuss how to make thinking visible and the impact of such visual and tangible cognitive approaches on the classroom and its students.


After a lunch served by Jincy’s catering, Alice Parker, a PDS teacher, facilitated the afternoon session that aimed to engage the participants in metacognitive activities. The PDS 4th grade boys helped Alice demonstrate energizing “brain break” chants for seminar participants to take away for use in their own classrooms. Lastly, to conclude the seminar, participants used the “Headline” thinking routine (see attached picture) to summarize -- and make visible -- their learning for the day.


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Laura Dearman

Laura Dearman has over 20 years experience teaching in early childhood classrooms. Most recently, Dearman taught early childhood art, reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop at Presbyterian Day School.

As Director of Teacher Development, Dearman leads the Martin Institute Residents program, having built it from an idea into a highly sought after source of exceptional teacher development. Dearman also serves as director of the Institute's annual conference, held each June.

An expert in developing early literacy skills, Dearman has presented at various conferences, including TAIS, TAEYC, MAEYC, Shelby County Schools In-Service, and the Martin Institute Conference. Her popular workshops include “Come On! Let’s Write”, “Literacy Development and Little Explorers” and “Literacy Development in Kindergarten.” Dearman earned her bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss and her Master’s degree from The University of Memphis.

Dearman is passionate about developing teachers as leaders, and giving back to the city of Memphis. As Director of Teacher Development, she plays a key role in continuing to design, expand, and cultivate programs and networks that advance the work of The Martin Institute. The particular emphasis of the Institute’s teacher development program is to provide resources and support to increase Memphis area teachers’ abilities to design and lead transformative learning in the classroom.

Laura and her husband, Buddy, have two children and one crazy dog.

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