Studying online with fellow teachers and tutors is a wonderful way to build your understanding of English orthography. It is extremely valuable to undertake this work with a community of people who are dedicated to learning (and sometimes unlearning and relearning!). I offer a place to study, take risks, work through misunderstandings, and share the joyful successes you experience with your students.
NEW: SWI for Early Readers
In this workshop we will discuss:
Teaching Real Script
Based on a cursive script from the Renaissance, Real Script teaches the pathways of the Chancery hand. Using an ergonomically appropriate flowing motion, students learn to write with ease and legibility. Their script develops into its own comfortable form while maintaining proper pen hold and writing position.
For students who find the physical act of writing more challenging, script is often a way to alleviate their discomfort. Rather than working to emulate one ideal, adopting Real Script writing allows students to develop their own unique writing style from the start. Real Script is beautiful and honors the individuality of each writer.
In this workshop we will cover:
Intro to SWI
Structured Word Inquiry, or scientific word investigation, provides a lens through which we can understand the spelling of any English word. By understanding the interplay of morphology, etymology, and phonology, hidden connections between words rise to the surface to amaze and delight us.
This course is perfect for teachers and tutors who have heard about SWI and want to know more. Learn how to bring spelling alive for all of your students, including those who struggle, and watch your own understanding of language transform, too.
Contact me to do this course as a full day workshop at your school.
SWI Study Groups (Continually running programs)
You have been using Structured Word Inquiry in your teaching, and now you want to dive deeper with more complex words and concepts. In this collaborative study group, we will work together on:
This is an ongoing study group that meets twice a month. I will have orthographic concepts prepared to share with you, but much of our course work will be based on the words that come up in your investigations with students. Meeting with a coach and fellow scholars is one of the best ways to upgrade your own knowledge of orthography and to gain confidence in your practice.
Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule:
Study Group #1: Thursdays from 2:30 – 3:30pm PACIFIC TIME. Generally the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.
January 10th and 24th
February 14th and 28th
March 14th and 28th
April 4th and 25th
Sessions will be recorded and a link provided to you for downloading.
All of these classes are live. They will also be recorded and shared with you afterwards.
If you are interested in a class at a time other than those already scheduled, you are welcome to email me to propose another time slot. A class can run with at least four people.
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