DATE & LOCATION:
Launching the Writing Workshop with Katherine Bomer
Tuesday, September 16th, 2019 - 9:00am-3:00pm
Hurst Conference Center
Before September 3rd: $149 per person | After September 3rd: $169 per person | Price includes a continental breakfast.
Launching the Writing Workshop
“Children will write, if we let them.” (Donald Graves)
Our youngest children fall in love with writing when we provide the secrets to success, the simple keys of the Writing Workshop—Time, Choice, and Response. Children learn to see themselves as writers, with multitudes of topics to share, in books, poems, informational and opinion texts, and personal stories, and with real audiences and reasons to write. Writing Workshop is a structure that works, and if we immerse our students in the joys and rituals of writing from the earliest ages, they will have deep understandings of writing and processes that help them draft, revise, and edit as they move through elementary school and into more sophisticated forms in middle and high school.
Katherine will introduce the Writing Workshop structure and help participants with inviting entry points into the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop Units of Study in Writing. She will provide the steps to setting up the workshop and planning for the first Unit of Study in different grade levels.
Come experience the JOY and fall in love with writing too!
Katherine Bomer, awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) “Outstanding Educator of 2017”. Her latest book, The Journey is Everything: Teaching Essays that Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them (2016) argues for teaching essay as literature, with shapes that arise organically from content, not from formulas that shut down thinking. Her book, Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching from the Brilliance in Every Student's Writing (2010) and accompanying DVD, “Starting with what Students Do Best” offer a transformative new approach to assessing and responding to student writing, even the most spare or difficult to understand. She also authored Writing a Life: Teaching Memoir to Sharpen Insight, Shape Meaning, and Triumph Over Tests (2005), and For a Better World: Reading and Writing for Social Action, with Randy Bomer. Katherine currently teaches the "Writing Process and Pedagogy" course in the Graduate program in the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught primary and intermediate grades, and her classrooms have been featured in Annenberg video productions. She worked as a professional developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project with Lucy Calkins, and currently consults nationally and internationally, presenting workshops in school districts as well as demonstrating and coaching inside K-12 classrooms about approaches to teaching reading and writing across the curriculum. Schools invite her to coach them in creating visions for their year-long curriculum in reading and writing, and to help them form teacher and administrator study groups to continue their learning. As a frequent and popular keynote speaker, she combines a teacher's practical advice, a writer's love of language, and a powerful plea for social justice.
Website to link to resources https://www.heinemann.com/authors/1483.aspx