The Writing Workshop
By Ralph Fletcher & Martha Horn
2nd - 3rd March 2019, Berlin

Principles that guide our work:
  • All children can write and want to write
  • Acknowledge first what the child CAN do
  • Students need lots of sustained writing time
  • Listen, in order to know who we’re teaching and what to teach
  • Each student needs to learn A (not THE) writing process that works for him/her
  • Choice in writing is paramount
  • Structure the writing classroom for independence
  • The writing classroom should be a joyful place
  • Read aloud literature to help students “build vision” for good writing
  • Create a safe environment where kids can take risks
  • Model ourselves as writers
  • Value passion, voice, originality
Participants will…
  • Get a solid understanding of all facets of the writer’s workshop including the mini-lesson and share session
  • Become more skilled at assessing student writing
  • Learn flexible ways of responding (conferring) to student writing
  • Learn how mentor texts can inspire student writing
  • Learn how to keep track of student growth
  • Plan a year-long curriculum
  • Gain a deeper understanding of boy writers: their strengths, quirks, and struggles with writing
  • Walk in the shoes of a writer, and experience the process from the inside out
  • Learn about the role of talk in writing
  • Examine what is involved in listening to student writers
  • Look at student writing to figure out what to teach next

Day 1
  Morning Session
  8:30 – 10:00 Keynote by Martha Horn to entire group: “Listening as Teaching in the Writing Workshop”
  10:00 – 10:30 Break
  10:30 – 12:15 Breakout with Ralph Fletcher
  • Reflecting on ourselves writers
  • The writing workshop: essentials and core beliefs
  • How mentor texts lift student writing
  10:30 – 12:15 Breakout with Martha Horn
  • Exploring essential elements of writing in the primary grades
  • Writing as a developmental process
  12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
  1:15 – 2:45 Breakout with Ralph Fletcher
  • Looking at student writing
  • Conferring with young writers
  1:15 – 2:45 Breakout with Martha Horn
  • Learning to see: the place for drawing in the writing workshop
  2:45 – 3:00 Break
  3:00 – 3:30 Reflection and Q & A with entire group
  Day 2
  8:30 – 10:00 Keynote by Ralph Fletcher to entire group: “Engaging Boy Writers”
  10:00 – 10:30 Break
  10:30 – 12:15 Breakout with Ralph Fletcher
  • The power of the writer’s notebook
  • Vision and revision
  10:30 – 12:15 Breakout with Martha Horn
  • What makes conferring so challenging…and so rewarding
  12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
  1:15 – 2:45 Breakout with Ralph Fletcher
  • Lifting the chill from the writing classroom
  • Teaching nonfiction that’s non-formulaic
  1:15 – 2:45 Breakout with Martha Horn
  • Looking at student work and documenting what we see
  2:45 – 3:00 Break
  3:00 - 3:30 Entire Group
  • Reflection
  • Sharing writing
  • Q & A
Trainer’s Profile:
  Ralph Fletcher:

Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; What a Writer Needs, 2nd edition; and Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices.His most recent professional books include Joy Write: Cultivating High-Impact Low-Stakes Writing (April 2017) and The Writing Teacher’s Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose and Play (July 2017).

Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer’s Notebook, Marshfield Dreams:When I Was a Kid, Also Known As Rowan Pohi, and Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know.

Martha Horn:

Martha Horn is a teacher of children and a teacher of teachers. She grew up professionally at a time when Donald Graves’ seminal research at the University of New Hampshire was changing the way we thought about how writing is taught in schools and she helped bring that change around the country—in particular, to New York City and Boston. She was part of the Teachers College Writing project at its inception, co-directed the Writing in Kindergarten Project with Mary Ellen Giacobbe in Boston Public Schools. From that work came their book, Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons for Our Youngest Writers (Stenhouse). Presently Martha is a professor of Education at Rhode Island College where she teaches prospective and veteran teaches about the teaching of writing. Her college classes take place in an urban public school where prospective teaches learn in classrooms alongside veteran teachers and children. She continues to work with teachers in school districts around the country.
  USD 790 Closing Date 1st February, 2019
  USD 690 Early Bird Offer 1st October 2018
  Berlin Metropolitan School gGmbH
(Staatlich anerkannte Ersatzschule)
Linienstraße 122
10115 Berlin
  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration at 8.30 am on the 2nd March 2019.
  Shonal Agarwal

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