Grateful for Writing Workshop

Processed with RookieYesterday I attended a full-day session of a series of writing workshops that I had registered for. Even though the workshop was geared towards those teaching in English, there were many nuggets that I could take away as a teacher in a French Immersion class. The session gave me many ideas that I now have bouncing in my head. The best nuggets were the sample lessons the presenters did with us. The bonus was that they referred to the grade 1 and 2 curriculum. Perfect! Now I can implement these ideas.

I loved the quote that the presenters shared with us midway through the session that suggested we should allow children to share what they have written and they will enjoy the experience. Yooung children enjoy sharing what they have done and not many will turn down the opportunity to do so. Their desire to share can be used to help them improve their writing with the use of adjectives, adverbs, synonyms and conjuctions. I have been wanting to work on this with my students and I am eager to follow the lesson plans that were shared with us yesterday.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
The synopsis of writing in the classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The session was the last of the series and ended with a gift: a copy of Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students was given to each teacher present. Paging through the book, I am excited to begin reading it. At 425 pages, it will probably only be read during the Summer but, in the meantime, I will use the index to refer to certain strategies I want to work on.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
A Useful Resource. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

This week I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to attend this series of workshops that have been created for the Beginning Teachers in the family of schools that I work in. I am grateful, as well, for the resource that I have received – a resource that looks to be extremely useful.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week:

Lavender Ladi was grateful for little paper umbrellas

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post so that I know you have participated)

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16 thoughts on “Grateful for Writing Workshop

  1. Nice! I loved teaching writing to my second graders and we used the Writers Workshop model. The museum I teach at also uses workshop style, which is unusual… Such an effective way to help kids discover concepts! Glad you had a good conference – I feel excited for all you’ve learned. 🙂

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      1. I meant to respond but kept getting pulled away…. Workshop model is inquiry based. It’s about learning the elements of a project and then having the kids take ownership for it. Luci Caulkins has some fantastic books about teaching it with younger kids.

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        1. Thank you for getting back to me Annie. I have now put her book on my reading list for the summer and will see how I can implement it in my French Immersion class.

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  2. Enjoyed this post. I like the synopsis for writing and believe that it not applies to young students but adult students as well. Reading and writing was critical when I attended school and learning to present yourself effectively can never come too late. I am grateful that I can write and that this week has been one of delving deeper into the Word of God to clarify visions and plans. I have missed my blogging community much (had things to handle) and want to say I appreciate each blogger sharing. The pleasure is not only in the reading but also in the connection. Have a blessed day!

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  3. I think it is important for kids to write and especially without using keyboards and touch screens. It’s becoming an increasing problem these days. Many parents told me that their young children are terrible at writing while they have no problem typing. I know that this is not the issue of your seminar, but still it just came to my mind that the kids should practice both writing as in composing their essays as well as writing using pens and pencils. Have a happy Easter, Colline. I only get Monday off, but will take a little break from blogging till next Thursday to relax.

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    1. I agree with you Paula. I have noticed that children have trouble holding their pencils – so many do not even draw in their free time or play with things like play dough. Too much screen time does make for weak fingers and the inabilty to focus on writing by hand. In my classroom they get plenty of practice though 🙂

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  4. Providing children with opportunities to share their writing is essential. I am pleased (grateful) that this message is being heard by other teachers. Without an audience for their writing children can come to view it as a meaningless task, it’s only purpose being to please the teacher. It is good to provided audiences beyond their classmates too.

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