SJAWP Super Saturday Series: February 1st, March 7th, April 4 for 4th-7th Graderswith Jacqueline Goodwin, Mary Williams, and Tiffany Hickman
Our Super Saturdays use a "lab school" model, in which teachers and students participate in the presenter’s workshop lesson together in small groups, generally including the following: mini-lesson on writing craft, study of a mentor text, demonstration of innovative and engaging pedagogical strategies, large blocks of time for students and teachers to write, and sharing writing in small groups or whole group.
While each workshop can stand alone, students and teachers can draw much more meaning from each seminar if they have other seminars to build on. Furthermore, registering for the entire series saves you money and time.
9:30-10:00am - Registration in front of Sweeney Hall Courtyard
10-10:30am - Writing Games Warm-up
10:30-12:30pm - Saturday Seminar lesson led by Teacher Consultant
February 1 - Propagating Resilience
Looking for hope in all the right places - literature, poetry, and music
Mary Williams is a Retired 15 year SJAWP Veteran and English teacher.
March 7 - Making Impact with Argument
I once read this profound quote from human rights activist Desmond Tutu: “My father used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.’” And I thought about how often we resort to raising our voices to be heard when we have done little to be understood. It also made me think of the times we shy away from an argument because we are not confident in our ability to say what we believe. In the case of argument writing in school, I’ve seen both instances. I’ve seen students write with a passion, yet that passion was no more than a bundle of emotions yearning to be tempered with logic. And I’ve seen other students become altogether defeated because the only thing they are convinced of is that they have nothing to say. If either of these speaks to your experience as a student who has tried to write an argument, then this workshop is for you! You will learn “moves” you can make to develop your argument writing. If you are confident in your argument writing skills, then this workshop is for you! You will learn how to take what you are already doing to the next level!
Jacqueline Goodwin is an English Language Arts and English Language Development teacher at Renaissance Academy at Fischer in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District.
April 4 - What’s In A Name?
Have you ever given much thought to your own name? Your name consists of a set of words people speak every day to address you; what if we took a minute to give your name a voice? To dig a little deeper and see the person and stories that are behind your name? Join me for a fun creative writing session, and give your name the attention it deserves!
Tiffany Lantz Hickman is a 7th grade English teacher and Yearbook Advisor at Blach School in the Los Altos School District.
Registration starts at 9:30AM in front of Sweeney Hall at San José State University.
Adults are invited to stick around and attend our FREE parent university with classes on how to support your child's writing at home, or take a morning to themselves after getting their kids to their classes.