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Cutting-Edge Strategies for Teaching Beginning Writing:

Techniques with the Most Impact
(Grades K-2)

Presented by Darla Wood-Walters
Outstanding Teacher and International Trainer

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Designed Specifically for Educators Working with Students in Grades K-2

  • Innovative, cutting-edge ideas based on the most current research for strengthening student writing skills in grades K-2
  • Proven intervention strategies to provide success for ALL students BEFORE they fall too far behind
  • How to plan, organize and implement a highly effective writing program that progresses from one day to the next with purpose and direction
  • Raise expectations and provide explicit instruction for the Common Core Standards’ three text types:
  • Argument, Informational/Explanatory and Narrative
  • Displays, student samples, videos of writing instruction in action, and a comprehensive writing instruction resource handbook packed with ready-to-use lessons, activities, assessment tools, and ideas for using mentor text with your grades K-2 students

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This outstanding seminar will provide a wealth of cutting-edge instructional strategies and management techniques to help all your students increase their love of writing and their writing ability.

Join Darla Wood-Walters as she shares her passion for early literacy offering innovative, motivating and manageable strategies and activities that can be immediately implemented in your grades K-2 writing program. You will never again look at the teaching of writing the same way.

Whether you are guided by a school-adopted reading/writing program or are setting up your writing instruction from scratch, Darla will show you how to target exactly what will make the biggest and most dramatic impact on your students as they take a giant step in the journey of becoming writers. Come prepared for a fast-paced day packed with ideas, activities and proven methods that have successfully impacted student writers in grades K-2 classrooms across the nation.

Leave with a comprehensive writing instruction resource handbook filled with strategies and activities that can be immediately implemented in your own grades K-2 classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Discover the Essential Components of Exemplary Writing Instruction for Young Writers
    View video clips of students in real classrooms as they participate in whole group mini lessons, language experiences and brainstorming, daily writing, revising and editing, publishing and sharing
  2. Differentiate Your Writing Instruction to Better Meet the Needs of All Your Students (Response to Intervention Tiers 1 and 2)
    Learn highly effective ways to differentiate your writing instruction to meet the needs of your K-2 students before they fail … How to implement high-quality interventions to motivate students and strengthen their writing achievement
  3. Jump-Start Your Reluctant Writers
    Motivate your most disenchanted writers by frontloading writing experiences with supports for success … Take time to discuss, provide choice of topic and genre and be their “guide by the side” as you help your reluctant readers focus on what they CAN do by taking them a “step and a reach” beyond
  4. Utilize Effective Conferencing Formats for the Grades K-2 Classroom
    Know what to say and how to foster student conversations through a variety of student contacts: one-on-one, roving, small group, peer, quick shares with an explicit focus, and fish bowl conferences
  5. Raise Expectations and Results While Increasing Joy and Enthusiasm for Writing
    Create appropriate expectations for each student with the focus on what students CAN do … Hold them accountable for their best writing … Build confidence and pride by guiding them to not only do more than they thought they could, but by doing it well
  6. Provide Explicit Instruction to Enable Students to Meet the Common Core Standards for Writing
    Explore the three text types: Argument, Informational/Explanatory and Narrative Writing … Gradually raise expectations and release responsibility for revising, editing spelling, correcting conventions, and using handwriting to help the reader read and comprehend the message
  7. Incorporate Management Structures that Promote Success and Fit YOUR Classroom Program and Schedule
    How to incorporate daily writing to keep your students actively engaged in the writing process … Discover practical ways to plan, organize and manage your students and your time in a way that provides quality contact with young writers
  8. Use Authentic Writing Assessments to Identify Student Needs, Monitor Progress and Guide Your Teaching
    Walk away with specific “Steps to Becoming a Writer” guidelines that map out specific writing behaviors in the journey of becoming a writer … Focus teaching on each student’s next step … Timesaving, recordkeeping ideas that will drive your instruction, enhance conference interaction and take the guesswork out of preparing report cards and discussing progress with students and parents
  9. Collect New, Creative Publishing Ideas
    Learn user-friendly ways to publish student work for others to read … Empower students with the tools needed to create new formats of presentation for their writing
  10. Using Writing to Improve Reading
    Make writing the purposeful foundation for phonemic awareness and development of phonic skills, oral language, phonics, vocabulary, voice, and fluency

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Innovative tips to help grades K-2 students generate their own ideas and eliminate the comment, “I don’t know what to write about”
  • Highly effective scaffolded writing activities that encourage and support your ELL, reluctant or struggling writers
  • Ways to publish student work in a variety of formats that are teacher friendly (publisher) and student friendly (reader)
  • How to strengthen the reader/writer connection as you identify authors’ craft through good literature … Read it, explain it, name it, use it
  • Authentic teacher-friendly tools for writing assessment and record-keeping that inform and guide instruction (Response to Intervention Tiers 1 and 2)
  • Specific techniques to improve students’ ability to read with fluency and expression as they author their thoughts, experiences, knowledge, imagination, and memories with their own voice
  • Ways to immerse student readers and writers in a meaningful print-rich classroom
  • Novel ideas for celebrating young authors in meaningful ways … Published books, weekly updates, informational newsboards, correspondence with other students and authors, problem solving in the classroom, and more
  • Exemplary teaching methods and strategies for classrooms that work
  • Ways to build young writers’ confidence to encourage risk-taking; ignite students’ belief in themselves as writers
  • Strategies to jump-start student success by frontloading writing with experience, conversation, making connections, and verbalizing intentions
  • How to weave your curriculum content through your writing instruction
  • How to clarify expectations and provide explicit support for student revising, editing and handwriting while writing in three text types
  • How to incorporate the specific components of exemplary writing programs into your daily schedule
  • Tips for improving your conferences with young writers … How to listen closely, respond appropriately and leave the pencil in the student’s hand

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Our challenge as teachers of young learners is to ignite the voice within each child: “I can write. I AM a writer!” as he/she begins to see the world through the eyes of a writer. My goal for our day together is to share dozens of ways I have found to ignite this voice within each child.

During our idea-packed day, I will be sharing a variety of ways to increase your students’ success with writing. Among the topics I will be sharing are:

  • Productive and efficient ways to deal with “Not enough time … Too much to teach”
  • Essential components of an exemplary grades K-2 writing program that support the Common Core Standards for writing
  • Practical, explicit teaching strategies to energize and enhance all language arts programs
  • How to plan, organize and manage your writing approach with purpose and direction
  • Proven ways to motivate reluctant writers and to fill their pens with ideas
  • How to conduct highly effective individual conferences with students in grades K-2
  • Authentic, easy-to-manage assessments to monitor progress and effective interventions to guide your teaching
  • Grouping strategies and mini-lessons that support writing growth
  • Practical ways to use technology to enhance grades K-2 writing instruction

During our day together, I will share a perspective on learning that allows us to also celebrate and applaud each student in his/her journey of becoming literate. We will take a good look at meaningful and practical daily assessment that can effectively guide your teaching. Throughout this seminar, I will provide opportunities for you to listen, observe, ponder, and discuss the components of a dynamic writing program: teacher modeling, meaningful conferencing, daily writing, and publishing. Through the use of video clips, student work samples and an extensive writing resource handbook, we will keep our focus on “real kids” and “real writing.”

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar and sharing ideas for enhancing the writing of your students, whether you are a first year teacher or an experienced veteran.

Darla Wood-Walters

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades K-2: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literary Coaches, Instructional Aides, Multiage Teachers, Title I Staff Members, Special Education Staff, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive grades K-2 handbook full of practical, innovative writing ideas. Included in the handbook are:

  • specific components of a dynamic writing program
  • ideas and samples of writing activities
  • teacher-modeled writing samples
  • practical, authentic assessments
  • continuum of writing STEPS for grades K-2 development
  • effective management strategies and classroom schedules
  • ideas for celebrating young authors
  • a bibliography of books and materials
  • copy-ready student pages, forms and assessment tools you can use immediately in your classroom management and organizational ideas
  • reference to more than a dozen websites that support early literacy

Grades K-2 Writing Materials and Student Writing Samples on Display
On display will be a variety of student work samples including management charts, daily writing samples, guided writing activities, student-published books, teacher-modeled writing samples, and student literacy scrapbooks.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you'll be fully satisfied or you'll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

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