Saturday Seminars

Primary/Elementary School Teachers

Fall Series

Lorena writing

Take the K-3 Series

“Writing may seem like magic, but it is for us to take our students behind the stage curtain and show them the pigeons being tucked up the magician’s sleeves.” —Donald Murray

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Take the series for credit (PLC)

SJSU Students

For K–3 Grade Teachers

Making Workshop Work Wonderfully for Students (and for You)

Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown (K-3)

A writing community is a vibrant space where writers share ideas and collect strategies. Lots of writing happens there. How do you establish positive, creative conditions that invite students to risk writing at their growing edge and revising their work for real audiences? This series is designed to help you find your inner writer and confidently lead purposeful instruction. Each session offers live workshop teaching and discussions about what lifts the level of student work. The teacher consultant team, Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown, will guide you in making your writing workshop into a space where you and your students love writing.

September 28, 2019: Why Teach Workshop?

Consider typical school writing and compare it with process writing. What matters most in your instruction? If you have an established workshop and want to refresh it, or if you are considering teaching writing in workshop style, join us for an informative and interactive morning with colleagues and young writers.

October 19, 2019: How Writing Works from the Inside

Teacher education and typical professional development does not explicitly teach us what writers really do when they write. The workshop model is based on learning to write the way writers do. This approach gives students choice and builds independence. Observing and talking with our students is helpful in our instruction, but another key piece is sitting on the other side of the desk to better understand what young writers are attempting and to practice the craft we hope to teach. Come have some fun with colleagues and kids.

November 16, 2019: What Do Writers Talk About?

Writing alongside our students is walking the walk, and we soon find that we also need to talk the talk. Explore some ways writers talk to themselves and readers while revising drafts to receive feedback. Confer with individual writers or small groups to see how that work clarifies writing moves and gives students strategies they can use in their next story, genre, or unit. Listen to presenting teachers read aloud exemplar texts, giving commentary on the relevant strategies in the writing. Engage in writing conversations with students and colleagues and become better prepared to confer with your own students.

About the series: While each workshop can stand alone, students and teachers can draw much more meaning from each seminar if they have other seminars to build on. Furthermore, registering for the entire series saves you money and time.

Take the 4-7th Series

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Take the series for credit (PLC)

For 4th-7th Grade Teachers

Jane Gilmore and Hannah Jayne

Using Drama to Open the Doors to Writing

September 28, 2019

October 19, 2019

November 16, 2019

While each workshop can stand alone, students and teachers can draw much more meaning from each seminar if they have other seminars to build on. Furthermore, registering for the entire series saves you money and time.

September 28, 2019

Take the K-3 February 9 Seminar

Register here

Why Teach Workshop?

For K–3 Grade Teachers

Consider typical school writing and compare it with process writing. What matters most in your instruction? If you have an established workshop and want to refresh it, or if you are considering teaching writing in workshop style, join us for an informative and interactive morning with colleagues and young writers.

Lorena Lopez is a teacher consultant and an instructional coach for SJUSD.

Laura Brown is a retired intervention coach and co-director with SJAWP.

 

 

Take the 4-5th February 9 Seminar

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Drama and Improv Games Can Open the Doors to Writing

For 4-7 Grade Teachers

[Editor note:  Copy for this workshop TBA – Part I

Jane Gilmore is a co-director with SJAWP and a writer. 

Arcadia Conrad directs the Theater Program at Cupertino High, SVUSD

October 19, 2019

Take the October 19 Seminar

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How Writing Works from the Inside

For K–3 Grade Teachers

Teacher education and typical professional development does not explicitly teach us what writers really do when they write. The workshop model is based on learning to write the way writers do. This approach gives students choice and builds independence. Observing and talking with our students is helpful in our instruction, but another key piece is sitting on the other side of the desk to better understand what young writers are attempting and to practice the craft we hope to teach. Come have some fun with colleagues and kids.

 

Lorena Lopez,  SJAWP Teacher Consultant, teaches in SJUSD.  

Take the 4-7th October 19 Seminar

Register here

Using Drama to Open the Doors to Writing

For 4-7 Grade Teachers

Editor note: [copy TBA]

Jane Gilmore is a writer and co-director with SJAWP.  

November 16, 2019

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Take the K-3 April 6 Seminar

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What Do Writers Talk About?

For K–3 Grade Teachers

Writing alongside our students is walking the walk, and we soon find that we also need to talk the talk. Explore some ways writers talk to themselves and readers while revising drafts to receive feedback. Confer with individual writers or small groups to see how that work clarifies writing moves and gives students strategies they can use in their next story, genre, or unit. Listen to presenting teachers read aloud exemplar texts, giving commentary on the relevant strategies in the writing. Engage in writing conversations with students and colleagues and become better prepared to confer with your own students.

 

Laura Brown is a SJAWP Co-Director and retired Intervention Coach

Take the 4-7th November 16 Seminar

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Why Didn't Anyone Ever Teach Me This? Part 3

For 4-7 Grade Teachers

[Editor note:  description TBA]

Agenda

  • 9:30–10:00 am – Registration in Sweeney Hall Courtyard
  • 10:00–10:30 am – Pre-conference with teacher consultant on lesson objectives & plans
  • 10:30 am–12:30 pm – Participate in the Saturday Seminar with leader, other teachers and students
  • 12:30–1:00 pm – Debrief with the teacher consultant

Registration Fees

Online

Register Online!
$33.46 (with EventBrite service charge) per session
$81.20 (with EventBrite service charge) for all 3 sessions

Walk In

Walk-in registration, to be paid by cash or check only (no credit cards accepted)
$35.00 per session $75.00 for all 3 sessions.

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