Program: School Improvement
Dates: 8/7/2017 to 8/9/2017
Do you want to be equipped with the teacher 'tools', knowledge, and materials to launch a writing workshop in September? Are you interested in learning alongside colleagues who want to create a writing workshop where writers start the school year writing with engagement, independence, and zeal? Join us in July to get a jump start on preparing for launching a writing workshop in September. When looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year we will look closely at the first unit of study for each grade level. We will also think about the opportunities to support narrative, information, and opinion writing in the primary grades and the resources that can help with this planning.
During this three day institute, you will explore what is essential for launching and sustaining a writing workshop in the primary grades, how to get the most out of your resources and materials, and the use of mentor texts across the writing process. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore ways to make your whole class minilessons more efficient, engaging, and easier to plan. You will also learn how to use the qualities of writing to assess student writing, guide your whole class teaching, and provide effective feedback to writers across the workshop and writing process.
Across these three days, you will be able to observe, practice, and plan for your grade level's first unit of study. You will leave equipped with the knowledge and tools to teach your first unit of study. Come ready to build your own 'teacher toolkit' and explore how a workshop approach to writing instruction fits within a balanced literacy framework. Leave with the energy and eagerness to hit the ground running in September.
*Required Materials for this training: Units of Study in Writing kit
Registration will be held from 8-8:30