6-Traits On-Demand Professional Learning

6-Traits On-Demand Professional Learning


6-Traits Training through webPD by Smekens Education

6-Traits professional learning available 24-7

Thousands of teachers throughout the Midwest have benefited from Smekens Education’s professional development by attending an on-site school professional learning or a regional teacher workshop. Now, with webPD by Smekens Education, teachers across the globe are able to learn the same best-practice strategies by watching seminar-style professional learning videos that focus on strategies for teaching the Six Traits of Writing. 

 
 
Recognizing the 6 Traits
Recognizing the Six Traits
Through grade-appropriate writing samples, physical “triggers,” and graphic icons, teachers learn to recognize and celebrate the six ingredients of all good writing — ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-12
 
 
Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students
Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students
Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical “triggers” to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-12
 
 
Delivering Trait-Based Mini-Lessons
Delivering Trait-Based Mini-Lessons
Learn how to build a yearlong vision for teaching writing under the umbrella of the Six Traits. Then watch as Kristina Smekens shares fun and engaging strategies for teaching some of the unique skills associated with each trait.
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-12
  
 
Dellivering Dynamic Mini-Lessons for Writing
Delivering Dynamic Mini-Lessons in Writing
Learn the four steps of a powerful writing mini-lesson and how to execute those steps within a 10-15 minute whole-class presentation.
  • Grades K-1
  • Grades 2-5
  • Grades 6-12
   
Introducing Characters that Correspond with the 6 Traits of Writing
Introducing Characters that Correspond with the 6 Traits
Observe Kristina Smekens introduce a writing trait a day using the Six Traits with hand-drawn characters.
  • Grades K-5
 
 
Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts
Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts
Watch six mini-lessons where Kristina Smekens introduces the Six Traits with six different picture books.
  • Grades K-2
 
 
Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts
Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts
Observe actual classroom footage of Kristina Smekens introducing the Six Traits with six picture books over six days.
  • Grades 3-5
 
 
Re-Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text
Re-Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text
Observe how Kristina Smekens re-introduces the Six Traits to a class that learned them the previous year.
  • Grades K-5
     
Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text
Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text
Watch how Kristina Smekens utilizes the same mentor text to introduce the Six Traits over six lessons.
  • Grades 6-12
 
 
Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics
Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics
Learn how to build an initial rubric with young writers that is kid-friendly and age appropriate. Then learn strategies to adjust the same rubric to represent students’ growing skills as they advance from drawing pictures to writing multiple sentences.
  • Grades PK-1
 
 
Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics
Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics
Once the traits have been introduced, it’s time to build an everyday writing rubric with students. Learn the facets and functions of an analytic rubric, strategies to build and grow one throughout the year, and how to convert rubric scores to grades.
  • Grades 2-12
 
 
Developing Pictorial Writing Skills
Developing Pictorial Writing Skills
Writing instruction in the youngest grades begins with pictorial writing. With an emphasis on the trait of ideas, Kristina Smekens identifies numerous writing skills to teach early in the school year. In addition, view two full-length mini-lessons executed with kindergartners.
  • Grades PK-1
   
Incorporating Labeling & List-Writing Lessons
Incorporating Labeling & List-Writing Lessons
Once students know their phonics, move them from pictorial writing to labeling and then onto listing. This video features numerous activities and lesson concepts to support students in these early writing stages. In addition, view Kristina Smekens introducing two-word labels and related-detail lists to primary students.
  • Grades PK-1
 
 
Developing Ideas
Developing Ideas
Watch how Kristina Smekens demonstrates innovative and memorable strategies for students to add depth and detail within their own writing. Featuring two full-length mini-lessons executed in second and fourth grade classrooms, this video offers ways to develop ideas through revision and elaboration in first drafts.
  • Grades 2-4
 
 
Fine-Tuning Sentences
Fine-Tuning Sentences
Helping elementary students revise their sentences to create more fluent writing is the focus of this session. Aside from revealing several practical strategies for achieving sentence fluency, Kristina Smekens also models two separate mini-lessons from actual classrooms that focus on “supersizing” sentences and “hearing” punctuation.
  • Grades 2-4
 
 
Fine-Tuning Sentences
Fine-Tuning Sentences
Kristina Smekens shares several lesson ideas to improve students’ sentence fluency, including varying their sentence beginnings, lengths, and structures. This session also includes two mini-lessons from actual classrooms where Kristina reveals memorable triggers to help convey the lessons’ objectives.
  • Grades 5-12
     
Building Strong Paragraphs
Building Strong Paragraphs
With scenes from intermediate and middle school classrooms, this video features Kristina Smekens identifying the purpose of a paragraph and revealing the six most common types of paragraphs. Two unique mini-lessons from actual classrooms show Kristina delivering short, targeted lessons on when to indent and how to transition between paragraphs.
  • Grades 5-8
 
 
Citing Textual Evidence
Citing Textual Evidence
In this video, Kristina Smekens reveals practical strategies for citing textual evidence in written responses. View two authentic classroom mini-lessons where Kristina teaches students how to structure a constructed-response and how to paraphrase an author’s ideas.
  • Grades 3-12
 
 
Teaching Persuasive Writing
Teaching Persuasive Writing
In this video, Kristina Smekens identifies six essential skills necessary for strong persuasive writing. For each skill, Kristina provides multiple mini-lesson ideas, including two full-length lessons targeting voice and word choice.
  • Grades 2-6
 
 
Teaching Argumentative Writing
Teaching Argumentative Writing
Kristina Smekens identifies her six essential skills necessary for powerful argumentative writing, including a thorough knowledge of the issue and an acknowledgement of multiple perspectives. This video includes Kristina delivering two powerful mini-lessons that teach students how to transition between sides and conclude an argument.
  • Grades 6-12
     
Teaching Informative Writing
Teaching Informative Writing
In this video, learn the six essential skills Kristina Smekens deems necessary for strong informative/expository writing. This includes developed and organized information sandwiched between an effective introduction and conclusion. Watch two whole-class mini-lessons where Kristina models how to write a thesis statement and how to weave powerful description between facts.
  • Grades 6-12
 
 
5 Strategies to Increase Students' Prompt-Writing Test Scores
5 Strategies to Increase Students' Prompt-Writing Test Scores
Learn Smekens Education's Top 5 strategies for preparing students to be successful on state writing assessments. Decoding a prompt and teaching students to write well-developed pieces with strong beginnings and endings are key objectives of this video.
  • Grades 3-12
 
 

Why choose webPD?

Convenient

Subscribers to webPD utilize their computers, smart phones or tablets to view pre-recorded videos of literacy experts Kristina Smekens and Kristi McCullough as they share practical, best-practice strategies for teaching reading and writing.

Powerful

When entire schools or districts view the same webPD videos, school leaders are able to move the entire staff toward consistent implementation of best-practice literacy strategies.

Interactive

With every subscription to webPD.teachable.com, users have unlimited access to each of our 50+ literacy instruction videos. Each video comes with a downloadable handout that can be used as a note-taking guide, and each video session features specific segments for viewers to "turn and talk" or collaborate about what they are learning.

Cost-effective

Subscriptions to webPD are available for teachers, schools, or districts, and pricing options are flexible to fit every circumstance. Visit webPD.teachable.com to begin exploring all that video professional learning from Smekens Education has to offer.

 
 

"Our school does not follow the Common Core curriculum, but we found that the activities could be used within our own teaching and curriculum."

M. Reed Aichi International School (Japan)
 

“I liked the flexibility to have the staff watch it at different times. Some attended a morning presentation, some in the afternoon, and some viewed it at home.”

M. Alexander Kingsford Heights, IN
 

“Our faculty walked away ready to implement. The strategies taught resonated with all subject matters. Affordable, easy, engaging, and most of all...POWERFUL! Thank you!”

J. Samuels Muncie, IN
 

“It was so engaging and informative. Kristina…guided the lessons at a great pace. Not too much, not too little. There were tons of AWESOME IDEAS, TOO!”

D. Newman New Haven, IN
 

“The videos had good, relevant topics with well organized, nicely timed instruction and discussion."

B. Johnson Redlands, CA
 
Subscribe to webPD with Smekens Education for access to over 50 on-demand videos on literacy instruction.