"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." –Marva Collins
MJ Etc. Workshops

Easy Writing Strategies to Immediately Implement into Your Writing Classes


Get Ready for STAAR and any other writing assessment! Prepare your students to be able to write whatever the state throws at them!

Workshops for Professional Development Hours

 Leave this workshop with the following:
   Strategies to break down multi-paragraph essays into manageable chunks that will make organization, elaboration, and voice easier to achieve.

   Mini-lessons to motivate students that can be assessed in class for daily grades.
   Step-by-step methods to enhance student writing through conference grading while at the same time engaging the rest o f the class in meaningful, graded-on -the-spot activities.
   Peer response techniques that actually work to help student writers edit and revise rough drafts in order to ensure that their final copies are successful.

   Ways to use models, student-interactive rubrics, and oral assessment in stages that are essential in producing exemplary writing.

   Practical ways to use mini-lessons to teach grammar and vocabulary.


   "Raising the bar" by teaching students to assume more responsibility for their work and by not accenting less than each student's best


   Examples of quick (5-10 minutes) partner webs that serve as "recipes" for their essays. The common complaint of "I don't know what to write" will be eliminated as the "blueprint"  guides the student thro ugh each paragraph.

Each participant will walk away from this workshop with ideas, strategies, and lessons that can be used immediately to create the excitement all teachers strive for in their writing classes.
K-2 Workshops

August 31- Fort Worth
September 7- Amarillo
September 13- Tyler
September 22- Houston
October 11- Midland
October 18- McAllen
October 24- Fort Worth
October 28- Denton
November 7- Wichita Falls
November 15- Fort Worth

Grades 3-7

August 30- Fort Worth
September 12- Houston
September 27- Amarillo
October 4- Midland
October 10- Fort Worth
October 17- McAllen
October 28- Denton
November 14- Fort Worth

Grades 8-12

August 26- Fort Worth
September 12- Houston
September 27- Amarillo
October 4- Midland
October 17- McAllen