Learning Opportunity

How Do I Get Them to Write?...and Write Well?

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Facilitator: Karen Filewych

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Oct 02, 2021 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Day 2Oct 16, 2021 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Day 3Oct 30, 2021 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LI-017
Focus: Assessment Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy English Language Arts & Literacy

Target Audience

Grades 1-6 Teachers of: English Language Arts

Also Recommended For

Learning Coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

Looking to improve your students’ writing? Join author and educator, Karen Filewych -- How Do I Get Them To Write? and Freewriting With Purpose -- for this empowering three-part series. Leave each session with practical ideas to give you the confidence you need to teach your students to write with both clarity and artistry. Teachers and students will begin to welcome their writing time! 

October 2nd: How Do I Get Them to Write? 

Do you have reluctant writers in your midst? Any perfectionists? Learn how to engage and empower your students to write. In this session Karen will demonstrate how to create a community of writers, establish a growth mindset, and engage your students in the process of freewriting to accomplish many of our curricular outcomes. 

October 16th: They’re writing… now what? 

After writing, elementary students often exclaim "I'm done" without ever reading their work. How do we teach (and motivate) our students to revise and edit their writing? Learn how to use mini-lessons and mentor texts to target specific skills and how to effectively work through the writing process with your students. Karen will provide many mentor text suggestions.

October 30th: Leveraging Feedback to Improve Student Writing

How do we provide authentic, meaningful feedback to our student writers? How do we teach our students to give effective feedback to each other? This session will focus on various forms of feedback including timely, targeted comments; feedback frames; and single point rubrics. We will also discuss how to empower our students’ voices and scaffold feedback through the creation of writing groups.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 3. Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • 4. Leading a Learning Community
  • 6. Providing Instructional Leadership
  • 7. Developing Leadership Capacity

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • 4. Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Karen Filewych has twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant.  In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen's first book - How Do I Get Them to Write? - was published by Pembroke Publishers in May of 2017. Her second book - Freewriting with Purpose - was published in January of 2019. Both books are practical guides for the teaching of writing and include lists of mentor texts for each area of study.  Karen continues to write and has some exciting projects in the works!

Karen presents regularly for teachers on a variety of topics. She especially enjoys working with students through school-based writing residencies to demonstrate how writing can transform their work and their lives in the classroom and beyond. She also offers parent literacy evenings providing simple, effective ways to engage children in literacy-rich activities in the home.

Subscribe to her blog or visit her website for more information: www.wordschangeworlds.ca. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for teaching ideas and book suggestions.