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Catching Up Your Students Who've Fallen Behind in WRITING (Grades 1-2)

Presented by Darla Wood-Walters
Outstanding Teacher and International Trainer

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Specifically Designed for Educators Working with Students in Grades 1 and 2: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Resource Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Instructional Aides, and Administrators

  • The most effective teaching strategies to catch up your students who have fallen behind in WRITING – whether you are teaching in-person or online
  • A Developing Writers’ Workshop that strengthens your students’ WRITING, as well as reading and speaking skills to close the literacy achievement gap
  • Practical methods for assessing, meeting individual needs and building deep understandings of print to better address learning gaps and losses in WRITING
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook packed full of management ideas, teaching strategies, specific lessons and activities, and useful resources to help your students catch up in writing

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This time of COVID has increased the distance between students who struggle and those who have had opportunities to grow and thrive. It has left many of our first and second graders with gaps in their learning as writers as well as with limited experiences to interact and problem solve with peers. If you are struggling with ways to level the playing field, to help ALL students become writers, to increase students’ confidence in group situations, and to ignite an “I Can” attitude, you will not want to miss this NEW seminar by veteran teacher and trainer, Darla Wood-Walters.

This seminar will focus on how to provide the instructional supports necessary to meet each of your students right where they are and to accelerate their writing progress. Darla’s ideas are practical, innovative, academically rich, and are shared with her passion for making a difference for all students. You will leave with a multitude of “how to” ideas, meaningful activities and an effective instructional plan that can be easily adapted to your own learning environment.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Help Your Students Who Have Fallen Behind in Writing Catch Up
    Learn practical ways to accelerate the writing skills of your first and second graders … Expand your personal repertoire of teaching tools to help catch up your students who have fallen behind in writing
  2. Create a Developing Writers’ Workshop That Engages Students
    Maximize student participation in your model writing demonstrations, and engage them in daily writing, individual and small group conferencing, assigned special projects, and publishing … Explore modifications to make the Developing Writers’ Workshop a daily component of your teaching
  3. Provide Explicit Mini-Lessons to Maximize WRITING and READING Growth
    Load mini-lessons with learning by reinforcing the elements of phonemic awareness, phonics skills, conventions, extension of text, revising, editing, and reading with expression, fluency and understanding
  4. Lessen Your Students’ COVID Gap
    Implement a Developing Writers’ Workshop that weaves Writing, Reading and Speaking into a tapestry of powerful literacy instruction that fills in the gaps and helps first and second graders catch up
  5. Incorporate Organization and Management Structures that Promote Success and Fit Your Program and Schedule
    Discover practical ways to more efficiently plan, organize, and manage your students’ activities … Provide quality contact with young writers as ALL students are actively engaged in meaningful literacy activities that rack up writing confidence and reading mileage!
  6. Employ Research-Based Accelerated Learning Methods
    Learn proven ways to employ research-based accelerated learning methods and strategies to provide a strong foundation writing … Enhance and advance the writing skills of all your students who have fallen behind
  7. Approach Narrative, Informative and Opinion Writing in a way that Makes Sense to Your Students
    Create innovative mini-lessons, writing activities, and mentor text links to improve your students’ writing AND reading … Engage students in a variety of lessons that focus on specific text types and text features
  8. Provide Social and Emotional Support for Students As You Talk, Listen, and Guide Young Writers During Conferences and Classroom Sharing
    Incorporate practical strategies for supporting those most impacted by COVID, those who have suffered trauma, are anxious, or simply need a little more encouragement as they share their thoughts, memories, feelings, imagination, and knowledge through print
  9. Use Authentic Writing Assessments to Identify Gaps in Your Students’ Learning, Monitor Writing Progress and Guide Your Teaching
    Walk away with specific guidelines that map out how to intervene to achieve specific literacy behaviors
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource handbook full of writing ideas, lessons and useful resources you can immediately use in your instruction

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Innovative instructional strategies to catch up your students who have fallen behind in writing instruction
  • Timesaving organization and management tips to better enable your students to increase their total literacy learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Practical ways to more effectively organize and manage a Developing Writers’ Workshop
  • Effective ways to model, assign and guide students through narrative, information and opinion writing that will benefit students who have fallen behind
  • Ideas of how to create a language and text-rich environment to support Writing and Reading in-person and online
  • Ways to scaffold and differentiate writing instruction to best meet the diverse literacy needs of your first and second graders
  • Effective ways to improve your writing conferences … Get around to every writer, begin with the message, listen closely, respond appropriately, focus on the positive, and leave the pencil in the writer’s hand
  • Authentic writing assessments to identify student needs, monitor progress and guide your teaching
  • A Developing Writers’ Workshop that supports the social and emotional needs of students who have been impacted by COVID
  • Exciting ways to integrate writing in other areas of your day
  • Seamlessly load modeling and conferencing interactions with learning … Handwriting, spelling, revising, editing, writing for a purpose and MUCH more
  • Ways to engage students in process writing … Brainstorm, organize thoughts, write a rough draft, revise, edit and publish in a way that is most appropriate for first and second grade writers

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

There has never been a time when being an exemplary role model, pulling up our most intentional teaching, and extending limitless compassion, patience, and hope has been more vital to the children who know us as “teacher”, than at this moment. We have all felt the impact of COVID-19; our students have, too. Beyond possible social, emotional, and sometimes physical effects, the learning foundation for writing that is usually built in Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, has been fractured for many. Most have experienced gaps in their understanding and development of literacy skills and strategies, problem solving, and community building. The distance between the “haves and the have-nots” has been increased.

I have designed this online seminar to fill your teaching toolbox with new, practical ideas to help take the hard “out of writing” and help your students who have fallen be-hind in writing catch up. We will approach first and second grade literacy from the core of a Developing Writers’ Workshop - making meaning with and from print:

  • What I think about, I can talk about
  • What I talk about, I can draw (or paint or construct)
  • What I draw, I can write about
  • What I write, I can read

I will share with you timesaving tips for strengthening the organization and management of a developing Writers’ Workshop which provides students the opportunity to write daily, confer with the teacher, publish, and complete assigned literacy projects.

Our challenge is to create writers who share their memories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, knowledge, imagination and opinions by speaking and through their own writing. We must do our absolute best to guide and support our first and second graders to become literate lifelong learners who think critically, listen carefully, speak clearly, and write competently.

Whether you are a first year teacher or a tried and true veteran, we all find ourselves in uncharted waters. I look forward to meeting you and sharing a vibrant, fun filled, thought-provoking day of practical ideas for helping you and your students thrive despite the challenges posed by COVID-19!

Darla Wood-Walters

P.S. The focus of this seminar is not on theory but on highly practical ways to help your students who have fallen behind in writing, whether you’re teaching in-person or online.

Who Should Attend

Educators Working with Students in Grades 1 and 2: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Resource Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Instructional Aides, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive 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:

  • Dozens of mini-lessons, ready-to-go student materials, and writing activities for engaging students and maximizing their success
  • Powerful strategies to help students get the most out of your literacy focused instruction that helps students to close the COVID gap in Writing
  • Many helpful samples of teacher modeling lessons, assigned special writing projects and publishing formats that link writing with reading
  • A wealth of resources that are highly practical and ready-to-use with your students tomorrow
  • Organization and management ideas for a dynamic Developing Writers’ Workshop whether you’re teaching in-person or online
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in helping their students who have fallen behind in their writing skills.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS 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 University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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