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Strategies for Helping Writing Workshop Respond to the Needs of the Students We Teach 3-5
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 - 9:00am-3:00pm
Warren Instructional Network Professional Development Center
Cost: $99 per person | Price includes a continental breakfast.
Strategies for Helping Writing Workshop Respond to the Needs of the Students We Teach
Come with your Writing Workshop questions to this session for specific guidance! Be ready to be inspired by Katherine Bomer, who brings 30 years of experience in teaching and coaching the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Workshop approach and Units of Study.
For this session, please bring writing samples from three of your students across a range from emerging to fluent: sample writing can include drafts, writing notebooks, finished pieces. Or you might choose three students whose writing perplexes you, for whatever reason. Katherine will provide a protocol for looking at student writing that can yield conferring and teaching points for weeks to come.
Most often, when we skim student writing, we look through negative, or deficit eyes—noticing what’s wrong and what’s missing. Instead, Katherine demonstrates how we might approach responding to our student writing by noticing what is already there—what unique gifts and strengths our students have and naming those hidden gems the way writers would, using language of the writer’s craft rather than rubrics and scores. Students begin to feel like real apprentices learning an art.
With practical strategies for how to read student writing through positive eyes, Katherine demonstrates with real samples from children of all ages. She will help us learn to notice gems in even the most emerging piece of writing, and then she will help us target specific next-step goals for Attendees will leave feeling ready to notice and name the gems in all their students’ work.
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.
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