Dates: Jan. 19, 20, Feb. 9, 10, March 2, 3, 2018
Times: Fridays 6:00pm-10:00pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm
This course will present an overview of research and theories that relate to the teaching of writing. This course is designed to provide educators with the information necessary to teach all students, Grades K-adult, a process for organizing and expressing thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written language. They will learn that handwriting, spelling, knowledge of sentence structure, and executive functioning skills all play an important role in the ability to write effectively. Educators will understand the benefit of direct teaching of concepts and skills, presented in dependent order and delivered through multisensory strategies, materials and activities. Time will be spent exploring a variety of writing methods and programs available at the various grade levels. They will learn about the assistive technology available to support struggling writers. Educators will view a number of assessments, both formal and informal, authentic and standardized, that can be used to assess writing.