Planting the Seeds: Helping Budding Writers Bloom

Audience: K-2
Session length: Can vary from 3-5 hours

Join Maria as she shares the research-based keys to effective balanced writing instruction in the primary grades. Learn how to teach ALL young writers using a morning message, journal writing, and the writing workshop approach. Discover the step-by-step process Maria uses to launch and sustain a manageable writing workshop for young authors. Teachers will leave this session with sensible, ready-to-use ideas that they can implement in their classrooms right away!

Modeling, Mini-Lessons, and More! Teaching the Traits of Writing Through Read-Aloud and Genre Writing Experiences

Audience: K-2 or K-5
Session length: Can vary from 3-5 hours

In one of Maria’s most popular professional development sessions, teachers will learn how to boost ALL students’ writing skills by reading aloud quality literature, teaching students how to read like writers, and highlighting the qualities of good writing through targeted mini-lessons for a variety of genre explorations including those that appear in the Common Core State Standards.

Fifty Nifty Picture Books and How to Use Them to Teach the Traits of Good Writing

Audience: K-5
Session length: Can vary from 1-3 hours

How can I inspire my young writers? Join Maria as she answers this question by sharing her growing collection of mentor texts and engaging writing mini-lessons. Armed with an annotated bibliography of picture books, teachers will leave this session re-energized and ready to go back to their classrooms to help students read, think, and write!