Professional Development

As schools begin to incorporate more writing in classrooms, it is vital that teachers encourage their students to share the joys of the writing process. WITS professional development opportunities provide innovative teaching methods that enable educators to expand their curriculum and inspire students to become better writers. Teachers who participate in professional development with WITS acquire new, useful strategies. By learning to enjoy writing themselves, they pass that excitement on to their students. Together, like-minded teachers and writers create a support system and share discoveries that transform the way writing is taught. In addition to customizable campus-based professional development, individuals may also register for Writers in the Schools workshops.

 

Teaching Writing From Experience

    

 

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Houston Baptist University
8:30AM - 2:30PM
Registration: $125 (includes lunch)
Special Guest Speaker: Andrea White


This workshop is designed for teachers, grades 3-12 who want to experience the WITS method. Educators will not only improve their own writing, but explore creative strategies to take back to the classroom. 

Participants will:
-Attend two workshops
-Work with professional writers
-Gain hands-on writing experiences
-Discuss classroom applications
-Receive 6 hours of TAGT-approved G/T credit

Workshop topics will include:
-Adding Voice to STAAR Writing
-Creativity and the Expository Text
-Writing Rasas: How a Concept from Ancient India Can Unlock Writing in the Classroom
-Playwriting: Creating Compelling Characters
-Electric Pencils: Teaching "Radical Juxtaposition" to Free Creativity
-Grocery Lists and Love Letters: Creating Multi-genre Texts from Family Artifacts

Inspiring Teachers
Writers in the Schools (WITS) is transformational, using creativity to enhance literacy. For 30 years WITS has worked hand-in-hand with educators, giving them the skills and knowledge to teach students the craft of writing. 

By using a research-based model, WITS helps educators invigorate their lesson plans. Our methods are proven to increase standardized test scores, writing skills, confidence levels, and creative learning. WITS encourages teachers to support their students' writing in ways that will help them grow both academically and personally.

 

For more information contact Tina Angelo at 713-523-3877 or tangelo@witshouston.org

 

"WITS is the only professional development I've ever looked forward to. Finally, someone taught me to teach writing the way I always envisioned I could." -- 7th grade teacher

"The WITS program has saved my life as a teacher and has reminded me that writing is enjoyable." -- 11th grade teacher

"WITS makes you want to teach writing because you have concrete ways to do writing in your classroom." -- 5th grade teacher