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Writing on Demand:

Practical Strategies for Increasing Your Students’ Success When Writing to Prompts on Writing Assessments
(Grades 3-6)

Presented by Mary Ledbetter
Outstanding Teacher, Presenter and Author

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Resource Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Title I Staff Members, and Administrators

  • Dozens of practical strategies to help your students succeed on any writing assessment including on-demand writing to prompts, state-mandated assessments and open-ended responses
  • Practical, realistic strategies to teach on-demand writing without taking piles of papers home to grade
  • Integrate writing strategies that will carry over into your classroom writing without “teaching to the test”
  • Timesaving, in-class assessment strategies to provide the immediate feedback your students need and give you various options to grade as students progress through the stages of their writing rather than only on the entire piece at once
  • Innovative ideas for teaching students how to address different types of prompts
  • Powerful Quick Writes you can use immediately to dramatically increase the quality of student writing

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Are you looking for strategies to increase your students’ success and motivation on writing assessments that require on-demand writing to prompts? If so, you won’t want to miss Mary Ledbetter’s new seminar filled with practical and easy-to-implement strategies that will significantly improve your students’ writing abilities. She will share dozens of strategies that will carry over into all classroom writing assignments and keep you from taking home papers to grade. You will gain practical ways for using instructional time to have students write, read aloud parts of their work and actually grade their work in class as they progress through the writing process. In addition, you will discuss and review countless, ready-to-use generic assignments and assessments that will fit right into what you are teaching. Not only will you leave this seminar with a wealth of new ideas and strategies to help your students improve their writing skills, you will also leave with a renewed energy for teaching.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increasing Student Success on Writing On-Demand Assessments
    Discover practical, innovative strategies to help students focus, organize and develop their ideas when writing to prompts … Ideas that can be incorporated into any writing program
  2. Innovative Ways to Teach Students How to Address Prompts in All Modes of Writing
    Give students strategies to decide which mode will work best for different prompts … Teach students the two-minute approach to decision making necessary for writing to prompts
  3. Using Timesaving Strategies to Ensure No Paper Grading at Home
    Dozens of ways to use instructional time to assess and grade student work … Easy, classroom-proven techniques that will save you time while giving students the immediate feedback they need to improve on-the-spot writing
  4. Scaffolding to Support Students as They Write
    Provide students with the needed support to help them map out key points and plan their writing … Plus, strategies that will take them to the next step of adding details … Going beyond the graphic organizer
  5. Powerful Quick Writes to Increase the Quality of Student Writing
    Implement the easiest five- or ten-minutes of your day with Quick Writes that give students consistent writing practice to accelerate their writing skills dramatically … Quick Writes are designed to be integrated into any existing lesson or class
  6. Save Time and Provide Immediate and Purposeful Feedback to Students on Their Writing During Class
    Practical and timesaving strategies to give students the feedback they need for revising their writing during the process … Keep students motivated during the writing process rather than overwhelming them, and you with revising and grading the entire piece at once
  7. Preparing Students to Make Revisions in On-Demand Writing
    Practical ways to teach students to increase their confidence in making last-minute revisions a part of the process in on-demand writing … Keys to teaching students how to self-assess for voice, structure, content, elaboration, conventions, and more
  8. Using Peer Response as a Tool to Improve All Writing
    Peer response is not a luxury during test writing, but is an outstanding tool for classroom use that results in deeper revision … With regular practice the process is internalized and carries over to on-demand writing
  9. Strategies for Holding Students Accountable for Revision
    Discover student-interactive rubrics that require students, at various check points, to prove the inclusion of necessary elements … Common-sense ways to teach students to underline and mark the presence of voice, effective word choice, correct conventions, and organizational elements
  10. Conferencing Techniques for Immediate Feedback and to Avoid Grading Papers after School or at Home
    Engage your students in meaningful anchor activities while you mini-conference with individual students on their writing … Students will gain valuable teacher feedback on their writing strengths to provide them with the needed motivation to revise … Help students avoid making the same errors again

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical, student-proven strategies to teach on-demand writing to increase achievement when writing to prompts
  • Timesaving strategies to ensure no grading at home
  • Clear, easy-to-implement strategies to “break down” writing assignments so students can better plan and organize on-demand writing
  • Strategies to help students be confident they are addressing a prompt without teacher assistance
  • Specific methods of mapping three points and supports for each in a designated time period while developing originality and voice
  • Classroom assignments that will give students needed practice in on-demand writing
  • Increase active participation by having students read aloud pieces of their writing for immediate feedback and grading during the writing process
  • Integrate reading, writing and grammar skills that on-demand writing requires
  • Implementation of skills sheets that require serious peer feedback
  • Methods for students to monitor their time during on-demand writing assignments
  • Student-interactive rubrics that hold students accountable for inclusion of necessary writing requirements
  • Models for all modes of writing used in on-demand writing
  • Ways to ensure successful papers without burning out students and teachers alike by “teaching to the test”

A Message From Your Seminar Leader, Mary Ledbetter

Dear Colleague:

One of the most important skills students can learn is the ability to write confidently, on their own, in all forms of writing whether it is on formal writing assessments or classroom writing assignments. Our goal, as educators, is to give students the ability to write independently when necessary. After all, like good parents, we want our students to become independent. It’s like watching them take off on their bicycles down the driveway without the assistance of training wheels and without our running behind them in case they fall. This seminar will give you the tools you need to strengthen your instruction of writing to help increase your students’ achievement and independence on all writing assessments.

During our day together, I will share dozens of strategies and techniques I have used successfully with students to increase their ability to write to prompts, plan and organize their writing, revise where necessary and monitor their time during timed writings. You will discover easy ways for students to check for organization, word choice, conventions, and details without sacrificing voice in their writing. Finally, I will give you assessment strategies that will ensure you don’t take papers home to grade. Grading will take place in class, with students playing the key role.

Writing-on-demand strategies will greatly increase your students’ success on formal writing assessments. After this seminar, you will no longer have to wonder what the best strategies are to teach your students to greatly increase their skills as writers. You will have numerous samples of actual student writing to use as teaching tools with your students.
I hope you will join me for a fast-paced day filled with ready-to-use ideas, strategies and techniques that will greatly strengthen your writing instruction and save you hours of grading and planning time.

Mary Ledbetter

P.S. I promise you will leave with practical strategies you can use immediately with your students.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Resource Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Title I Staff Members, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar and includes:

  • tips and methods to help students write to prompts
  • examples of student-interactive rubrics
  • student samples of writing

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a wonderful opportunity to meet and share ideas with other grades 3-6 educators seeking practical ways to improve student writing.

Consultation Available
Mary Ledbetter will be available at the seminar to answer questions regarding the unique needs of your own program.

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.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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