Workshop: Empowering Young Writers
Audience: This course is intended for teachers in
is designed to help teachers get a good understanding of what the writer’s
workshop is and how that workshop can empower our young writers by giving them
the confidence and tools needed to be successful. I want teachers to have the understanding of
what they need to know to implement an effective writer’s workshop. The
focus of this course will provide teachers with the time to engage with
theoretical and practical information about effective writing instruction and
to use strategies to foster a classroom environment that offers multiple
writing opportunities. We will be
reading the book Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide by Ralph Fletcher
and JoAnn Portalupi. This book provides
a very practical way of implementing the writer’s workshop into your classrooms
and how you play a crucial role in making it come alive.
will be asked to read passages from other texts, articles, etc. that we will
connect to our reading in the book. They
will be asked to reflect and respond to the readings as well as responding to
posed questions. The goal here is for
teachers to become more comfortable with writing to become better writers
will be gathering student writing samples throughout the year. We will be analyzing our students’ work and
use that to help make decisions about where to go next with the writing
instruction. As a group, we will also
analyze other students’ writing and work together to devise a plan of where to
will also be required to keep a Reflection Notebook. They are to record observations of students,
be reflective on their teaching, and reflective on their own growth as writers. Get to know yourself as a writer and as a
writing teacher. Ask:
*What are you doing?
*Why are you doing it?
*How effective is it?
*How are your students responding?
*How can you do it better?
addresses several TESS components. They
are: 1b, 1c, 1e, 2b, 3c, 3e, 4a, 4d