6-Traits Workshops

6-Traits Workshops


Smekens Education 6-Traits Workshop

Regional writing conferences

Smekens Education hosts one and two-day literacy workshops for K-12 teachers throughout the Midwest. Check out our upcoming workshops to learn more.
 
Writing Remix
This two-day conference has something for everyone regardless of your grade or subject area. Featuring Smekens literacy consultants Kristina Smekens, Courtney Gordon, and Kristi McCullough, the "Best of the Best" conference will consist of two full days of break-out sessions. Every session will focus on strategies for teaching writing. So if you need an introduction to the Six Traits, this conference will have it. If you're a Six-Traits veteran, and you're ready for tips to fine-tune your instruction, this conference covers that, too—and everything in between!
Scheduled to occur in the fall of 2017 in Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; and Wilmington, OH. 
 
 
Dynamic Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing
Dynamic Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing
Everyone says they teach writing through "mini-lessons…” but what is a mini-lesson really? In this practical one-day workshop, Kristina Smekens identifies the characteristics of a powerful writing mini-lesson and then shows participants how to integrate key components into a 10-15 minute whole-class presentation. Beyond a single lesson, participants will also learn how to prepare and deliver a multi-day mini-lesson series.
Typically offered in the winter/spring.
 
 
Launching the Writer's Workshop
Launching the Writer's Workshop
Many teachers have confessed that they struggle to get their writer’s workshop off the ground. What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jumpstart my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you’re currently using, this full-day workshop provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. Teachers walk out the door at the end of the workshop ready to go with their own blueprints in hand!
Typically offered in the summer.
 
 
Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long
Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long
After you’ve devised a plan to launch your writer’s workshop during the first weeks of school, the next step is to look ahead toward the rest of the year. This full-day workshop is designed to guide K-12 teachers through the planning of a yearlong writing curriculum, incorporating mini-lessons, literature, and assessment within a variety of writing units and genres. Kristina will provide lesson plan examples for multiple writing units, then she'll reveal her framework for developing writing units on your own.
Typically offered in the summer.