Starting with What Students Do Best DVD by Katherine Bomer. How to Improve Writing by Responding to Students' Strengths - Heinemann Publishing
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Starting with What Students Do Best DVD

How to Improve Writing by Responding to Students' Strengths

· Are your teachers are frustrated by their students’ writing?

· Are students disengaged from writing?

· Is pressure mounting to improve writers’ performance?


Starting with What Students Do Best
can help. On this professional development DVD, Katherine Bomer models a way to respond to students’ writing that motivates student writers, helps them improve, and turns frustrated teachers around.

“I think the reason we feel frustrated when we read student writing is precisely because we’re looking for what is wrong, what is missing. We read with negative eyes, and when we look through that “correctness”...

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· Are your teachers are frustrated by their students’ writing?

· Are students disengaged from writing?

· Is pressure mounting to improve writers’ performance?


Starting with What Students Do Best
can help. On this professional development DVD, Katherine Bomer models a way to respond to students’ writing that motivates student writers, helps them improve, and turns frustrated teachers around.

“I think the reason we feel frustrated when we read student writing is precisely because we’re looking for what is wrong, what is missing. We read with negative eyes, and when we look through that “correctness” lens we’ll always, always find errors, no matter what.”

—Katherine Bomer

Your teachers will see Katherine at work with students she has never met, many of whom struggle with writing. They’ll see the power of her focused, specific compliments reflected in these students’ facial expressions, posture, and language of writers. They’ll learn how to lead kids to become better, more sophisticated writers, and along the way discover a more satisfying professional life.

Contents

Introduction: with Astonished Eyes—Katherine Explains What It Means to Read Student Writing Looking for the Strengths

  1. Responding to Student Writing—Teachers’ Workshop Activities
    1. Being Mindful of What We Notice First
    2. A Sentence You Wish You Had Written Yourself
    3. The Power of More Eyes on Student Writing
  2. The Value of a Real Audience: A Student Shares His Writing with a Group of Teachers—Teachers’ Workshop Activity
  3. Finding New Language for Responding to Writing—Teachers’ Workshop Activity
  4. The Language We Can Gather from Reading More Widely—Teachers’ Workshop Activity
  5. Finding Great Language to Describe Writing: Reading from the Backs of YA Lit—Teachers’ Workshop Activity
  6. Recognizing the Craft of Professional, Contemporary Writers in Our Students' Writing—Katherine Compares the Work of David Smalls, Published Author, and C.J., a Student
  7. What about Grades?—Teachers Talk about Evaluation
  8. Putting It into Practice: Noticing and Naming in Nonjudgmental Ways—An Implementation Conversation between Literacy Coach and Teacher
  9. "Notice How I...": A Different Model for Student Conferences—Katherine Confers with Elementary and Middle School Students
    1. Learning Who Our Students Are
      • Javvy’s conference
      • Diego and Mario’s conference
    2. Naming the Strengths: The Compliment
      • Megan’s conference
      • Javvy’s conference
      • Amanda’s conference
      • Kayla’s conference
    3. Building from the Strengths: A Full Conference
      • Trey’s conference
  10. Transforming Our Practice—Teacher Testimonials

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Reviews

“As soon as you name that thing they can do… automatically they own it, they want to do it, and their motivation is through the roof. They talk about it all day, they want to carry their writer’s notebooks to the playground, they don’t want to put them down, and they don’t want to stop writing. It’s amazing.” Corrina Haworth
Berkman Elementary School, Texas

“This idea of teaching from students’ strength and not from what their weakness is transformative…it feels full, it doesn’t feel empty. It’s transformed the way I think about my job, about teaching, about going to work every day.” Deborah Kelt
Akins High School, Austin, TX

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Katherine Bomer directly about professional development support.