Thinking Outside the Book


Presenter: Sheila Mulbry & Nicole Shannon, Round Rock ISD
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Do you want your gifted students to deepen their responses to the text they read? One of the most fulfilling moments in a teacher’s day is when the light comes on, a sign that the students are making a deep connection with the material being taught. Teaching students to think outside the book is one of the ways you can empower your students to experience those “aha” moments.

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Thinking Outside the Book is an ideal course for educators looking for resources to guide students toward creating unique and complex assignments. You’ll learn to lead them to have a deeper response to quality literature, which will ultimately help their love and respect for reading.
In this one-hour course you will learn to incorporate a variety of media to differentiate responses and push your students toward thinking and creating outside the book.

Trainers Sheila Mulbry and Nicole Shannon share their personal best-practices on:

  • Using mysteries in literature
  • Developing puzzle fiction projects
  • Creating personal response papers
  • Identifying themes and vocabulary in literature
  • Writing mini-research reports

And more!

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, e, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1.

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2770 reviews for Thinking Outside the Book

  1. Amy – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I would have loved to have “met” the speakers rather than just hearing voices without any background. However, they did have very good ideas.

  2. Lauren – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the differentiation resources and books suggested.

  3. Madeline – HALLETTSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great information!

  4. Kristen – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I like the ideas provided to help students grow.

  5. Elsa – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Good information

  6. Jose – SAN DIEGO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  7. William – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    it ok , nothing new

  8. Ana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great and interesting course

  9. Kendall – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    It covers a good resource.

  10. Jane – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Great ideas to actually apply tomorrow!

  11. Michael – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative.

  12. Leanna – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  13. Kathleen – ARANSAS PASS ISD (verified owner)

    More for middle school and up.

  14. Hanneke – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    The course is definitely aimed for higher achieving students, but there are still some things that are applicable for a gen ed classroom.

  15. Marcela – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    A lot of the information given, I have already seen before and therefore serves as a reminder that the resources and ideas mentioned are good tools to use in the classroom.

  16. Sara – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    It was good— I would appreciate more range of grade level books. Many of the books were for elementary, and while I understand the choice projects could be applied to middle grades— it would be nice to hear some ways in which you use other novels.

  17. Mabi – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    Great course. However, it seems most geared for elementary courses.

  18. Norma – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    good info

  19. Jose Luis – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I learned new instructional strategies that I can use in my classroom.

  20. Karla – PRESIDIO ISD (verified owner)

    It was an interesting topic.

  21. Richard – CHISUM ISD (verified owner)

    It was fast paced but repetitious.

  22. Marlin – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful information is provided.

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