Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12

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Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12

Do you find it difficult to get your writer’s workshop off the ground? What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jump-start my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move?

Regardless of the writing model you’re currently using, this online workshop will provide you with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch your writing year. At the end of the workshop, teachers will be ready to launch their writer’s workshop with their personalized blueprints in hand!

How to get started

Workshop Videos
Progress through each of the workshop videos at your own pace.
Strategies that Work
Receive classroom-ready tips and tricks to improve your instruction.
Every Student
Implement what you learned in your own classroom right away!

Workshop details

Topics covered:
Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.
Learn classroom-tested procedures to establish the writing environment.
Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
Receive organizational ideas for writers’ notebooks.
Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common language.
Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student writing samples.
When you complete the workshop, you’ll be able to:
Kick off the school year with a 20-day “game plan” for teaching writing.
Establish routines to effectively manage a writer’s workshop.
Address common writer dependencies with procedural mini-lessons.
Implement a writer’s notebook in the classroom.
Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.
Top questions teachers ask about launching writing:
Which workshop procedures are essential for effective classroom management?
What physical spaces and places should I have within my classroom environment?
How do I motivate my writers to use class time productively?
How do I help my students develop more interesting writing topics?
How can I motivate students to go beyond “fixing their mistakes” during revision?
What are some proven methods for introducing students to the 6 Traits of Writing?
How do I effectively organize my students’ writings in notebooks, binders, or folders?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What other educators say

“I finally feel like I have a handle on how to approach writing. As a middle school history teacher who has to also do a period of writing, this has been invaluable. Loved it!”

Huston Mathias

Grade 8 US History & Writing Teacher,
Ingersoll Middle School, Canton, IL

“I’m teaching writer’s workshop with grades 3-6 and this will help me build & grow students’ skills year after year PLUS get classroom teachers comfortable teaching 6+1 Traits in our building.”

Eileen Germek

Writer’s Workshop Instructor,
Saint Michael School, Schererville, IN

“It is a great feeling to be given the tools to start Smekens at the start of a new school year! Awesome workshops! Best presentation I’ve been to in my 14 years of teaching!”

Lacy Ehrman

New Berlin Elementary School, New Berlin, IL

Target audience

Grades 3-12 Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers/Directors
ELL Teachers
High-Ability Teachers

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Top questions about on-demand workshops

What is included with my registration?
60-day access to the workshop
5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
Digital copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: 3-12 ($24.99 value!)
Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
Once I register, when does my access start?
Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?
Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 60 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the “Secret Site” that accompanies this workshop. Here you’ll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the “Secret Site” helps them implement what they learn in the workshop.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?
Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for completing each of the workshop videos. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.
Can I earn graduate-level units for this workshop?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete each of the videos in a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I'm unhappy with the workshop?
We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.

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