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.