During this two day workshop participants will explore beliefs and practices that nurture young writers in inquiry-based classrooms as well as to use a process for projecting/designing units of study in writing workshop.

On day 1 we will focus on key ideas for teaching writing including choice, the use of mentor texts throughout writing workshop, and conferring with young writers. We will practice reading like a writer as well as using our own writing to help us find teaching possibilities. We will also focus on developing a deeper understanding of genre.

On the second day participants will use the skills from the previous day to project an actual unit of study. Teachers will learn and use a process for projecting units of study that meet curricular goals and respond to the individual needs of their students. Teachers will study a stack of mentor texts like a teacher of writing, create their own writing to use with students, determine primary and secondary goals, and project a possible sequence of mini lessons for the unit. Teachers will also examine the process for deciding what to put in your stack of texts and how that decision influences what children will write. By focusing on the process for projecting, participants will then be able to project any unit of study. Finally, we will consider how to align units with a grade level and across a school.
Participants will examine:
  • The use of published mentor texts throughout writing workshop.
  • The importance of students sometimes choosing their genre.
  • The importance of choice of topic.
  • Strategies for having meaningful writing conferences with students.
  • Reading like a teacher of writing as the starting point for designing a unit.
  • The difference between planning and projecting a unit.
  • Learn strategies for creating and using their own writing throughout a unit.
  • Understand strategies for gathering a stack of texts.
  • Use the entire process for creating a unit of study.
Potential Audience:
For educators teaching grades K-6
Matt Glover:
Matt Glover has been an educator for over 30 years, as a teacher, a principal, author and consultant. He is the author and co-author of several books on teaching writing and reading including Projecting Possibilities for Writers: The How, What, and Why of Designing Units of Study, K-5, Engaging Young Writers, Already Ready, Sit Down and Teach Up, and I Am Reading: Nurturing Young Children's Meaning Making and Joyful Engagement With Any Book. Along with Ellin Keene, Matt is the editor of a collection of essays titled The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays on.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration at 8.30 am
on the 7th June 2019.
AUD 700/- Early Bird offer till 1st April 2019
AUD 790/- Closing date 15th May 2019
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
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