The Writing Workshop: Empowering Young Writers
Audience: This course is intended for teachers in Grades 1-3.
This course 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.
Teachers 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 themselves.
Teachers 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 go next.
Teachers 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?
This course addresses several TESS components. They are: 1b, 1c, 1e, 2b, 3c, 3e, 4a, 4d
- Teacher: Pattie Wheeler