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Helping Your Unmotivated and Underperforming Writers Succeed (Grades 6-12)

Presented by Mary Ledbetter
Outstanding Educator and Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts, Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff and Administrators

  • Practical strategies to decrease disengaged behavior and help your underperforming writers become more productive whether they are learning in your classroom or online
  • Dozens of ideas designed to help your underachieving writers develop a growth mindset and a more positive attitude about writing
  • Increase your students' internal motivation and personal accountability and generate greater student interest in the writing process
  • Help your students achieve higher productivity, independence, and completion of their writing projects whether you are working with students in-person or online

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this NEW idea-packed seminar, you will discover a multitude of practical ways to help your unmotivated and underachieving writing students experience greater success whether they are learning in-person or online. You will learn specific methods for increasing students' initiative to revise their work, explore helpful guidelines that offer more structure for reluctant writers, and realistic ways to make the connection between your students' social, emotional well-being and the vulnerability required to risk putting their ideas into writing.

Mary Ellen Ledbetter, outstanding national writing expert, will demonstrate what she has found to be successful with unmotivated and underachieving students in grades 6-12. She will share student routines and lessons designed to increase student interest, relevance, and contagious positive energy. Leave this seminar with the keys to unlock student motivation and performance, and watch your underperforming students finally take off with their writing! Join Mary Ellen for a day filled with dozens of practical and doable strategies you can use immediately at school and in your distance learning environment!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Help Your Unmotivated and Underperforming Writers Experience Greater Success in Your Classroom
    Increase your students' motivation and engagement whether you are teaching in the classroom or online
  2. Take Away Dozens of Assignment Ideas That Make Learning More Relevant to Your Unmotivated Students
    Establish a link between what is being taught in the classroom and students' real lives
  3. Help Your Students Take More Initiative in Writing Class
    Ideas that motivate your students to apply writing skills and strategies more consistently … Discover unique ways to help your students approach assignments with ownership and motivation
  4. Break the Cycle of Discouragement and Learned Helplessness in Writing
    Increase your students' focus and engagement in writing with lesson ideas that deepen intrinsic motivation and independent writing habits
  5. Practical Strategies to Increase Your Students Time-on-Task in Your Online or In-Person Writing Class
    Learn ways to develop your students writing endurance and capacity … Be amazed at how long your students can and WILL write with these powerful strategies
  6. Learn Ways to Transfer Your Positive Energy, Enthusiasm, and Passion to Your Students Whether You are Teaching In-Person or Online
    Gain numerous strategies to show students that you are genuinely proud of their work and encourage them to do even more in the classroom or on their own when learning from home
  7. Make Learning Relevant to the Lives of Your Students
    Receive numerous ready-to-use activities that will make each day's lessons fit the needs of your students and get their sustained attention and focus to the assignment
  8. Discover Proven Methods and Techniques that Strengthen Students' Motivation and Increase Their Productivity
    Cultivate your students' collaboration skills and experience fewer behavior issues during writing time
  9. Learn How to Set Higher and Attainable Expectations for Writing Assignments
    Unleash the productivity of your underperforming students with specific guidelines, models and check points to discuss progress, set goals and increase student success both in school and online
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook Designed to Help Your Unmotivated and Underachieving Students
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook filled with practical strategies, methods, activities, and much more to help your unmotivated and underperforming writers succeed in writing

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Unite students for greater success—Underperforming students often feel alone and embarrassed, but with these specifically designed games they will soon feel comfortable with partners, in groups, whether in person or online
  • Exercises that will instill confidence in your unmotivated students—Unmotivated students will suddenly find themselves interested in assignments that address their individuality and uniqueness
  • Strategies that break down the basics—Even highly motivated students will find a challenge in vivid word choices, sentences enhanced by elaboration, and writing "snippets" of essays
  • Dozens of student models—Proven strategies for reading and analyzing the works of their peers will give them an I-can-do-that-too attitude
  • Creative ways to approach all modes of writing—Students will be asked to finish sentences using figurative language and sensory images, essays in progress, and "take-over" paragraphs where the author has left off
  • Ways to generate a plan for their essays—Too often students say, "I don't have anything to write about!" Research indicates that constructing a simple plan of action with major points and elaboration results in a higher grade
  • Easy-to-follow guidelines for marking structure in their papers—Often students don't understand what went wrong with their essays. When they are taught how to mark their papers for structure, they can easily ascertain what they need to include
  • Voice techniques help make "dull" papers interesting—Many underperforming students do not like to write because they believe that their essays are boring compared with their peers. With voice "tricks" in their toolbox, they are armed with strategies to overcome this barrier
  • Specific methods to revise papers—Students will feel that they can indeed "fix" their papers when they use various revision techniques designed to light up their desire to write
  • Countless ways to present their work—When students are given an array of options for making their products unique to them, their creative juices start to flow and writing production is unleashed

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Most students want to do well and genuinely want to experience success in writing. Thirty years of teaching and presenting successful strategies for unmotivated and underachieving students have taught me that most of our students want to please us—want to succeed—but do not know how. Of course, there are always those who will take our strategies, make them their own, and create works that astound. Other students, though, simply shut down. Either they have failed in the past and think surely, they will again, are too embarrassed to ask questions that could help overcome their problems, or discovered that their perceived success lies in their finely honed ability to misbehave.

In this seminar, my objective is to give you an abundance of strategies that can turn your unmotivated, underperforming students into the ones who say, "I think I can. I think I can. I know I can!" By using the techniques, I will present today, you truly will start to see the "zest" and "gusto" Ray Bradbury refers to in Zen and the Art of Writing. We became teachers because we have an innate desire to change lives—whatever our subject matter is. Granted, the challenges seem to be multiplying yearly, but our passions have not diminished. We have that. What we need now are a few tricks up our sleeves, a group of like-minded educators, and a belief that all our students can find success. Join me for a day full of strategies that you can use right away, whether you are working in your classroom or online.

Mary Ellen Ledbetter

P.S. If you are looking for practical ideas to help your unmotivated and underperforming writers reach their greatest potential, this seminar is for you!

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts, Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff and Administrators

About BER Live Online Events

With the current health challenges, all BER in-person PD events are currently being presented in a Live Online format:

  • Outstanding Instructors
    All programs are led by outstanding BER national trainers
  • Extensive Resource Handbooks
    You'll have access to an extensive digital Resource Handbook before, during and after your seminar
  • Highly Interactive
    You'll be able to ask questions in real time and interact with the instructor and other participants
  • Program Guarantee
    As we have for 43 years, we guarantee the high quality of our programs. If you are not satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Ready-to-use strategies that increase student motivation in the classroom or with online learning
  • Practical ideas you can use immediately to make learning more relevant to your learners' current realities
  • Lessons that strengthen students' writing quality and productivity
  • How to increase your students' writing performance with tips and ideas for developing internal motivation

Consultation Available
Mary Ellen Ledbetter will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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