During the Super Saturday Series, teachers will have an opportunity to work alongside students, participating in mini-lessons and workshop writing in a day designed by our team of highly skilled teacher consultants. Teachers will walk away with lesson materials and the experience of participating in a vibrant writing community that they will be able to replicate in their classrooms.
These tickets are for Saturday, November 16 only. To purchase a discounted ticket to all 3 Super Saturdays click here.
Teachers may also opt to sign up for units through San Jose State University at an additional fee to be collected in person after the first Super Saturday (see below for details). If you choose to sign up for units, please reserve your spot here.
9:30-10:00am - Registration in front of Sweeney Hall Courtyard
10:00-10:30am - Pre-conference with teacher consultant on lesson objectives & plans
10:30-12:30pm - Participate in a Super Saturday lesson led by teacher consultant alongside students
12:30-1:00pm - Debrief with the teacher consultant to discuss instructional moves
1:00-2:15pm - PLC meeting for teachers earning units
Grades K-3 - What Do Writers Talk About?
Writing alongside our students is walking the walk, and we soon find that we also need to talk the talk. Explore some ways writers talk to themselves and readers while revising drafts to receive feedback. Confer with individual writers or small groups to see how that work clarifies writing moves and gives students strategies they can use in their next story, genre, or unit. Listen to presenting teachers read aloud exemplar texts, giving commentary on the relevant strategies in the writing. Engage in writing conversations with students and colleagues and become better prepared to confer with your own students.
Lorena Lopez is a SJAWP teacher consultant, instructional coach and Assistant Principal | 6th Grade Advisor, Hoover Middle School
Laura Brown is a retired intervention coach and co-director with SJAWP. She co-directs the Invitational Summer Institute and the summer Writing Workshop for students.
Grades 4-7 - Rule 3: Timing is Everything
SJAWP Associate Director Jane Gilmore leads the Novel Writing Program and co-directs the Creative Writing Camp at Cumberland as well as the Teen Writers Institute at San Jose State.
Arcadia Conrad is a writer and director of the award-winning Cupertino Actors Theater out of Cupertino High School.
Grades 8-12 - Toward a Pedagogy of Coherence in Writing
Students often struggle to balance course content with the need to write clearly, presenting a difficult situation for both student and teacher. So what can we do to help our students write both independently and coherently? In this workshop we will explore the meaning of coherence in writing and use a model of coherence to help students anticipate the needs of their readers, so they can free themselves of the agonizing survival tactics that so often characterize their writing.
Martin Brandt is a Teacher Consultant with SJAWP and teaches at Independence High School, East Side Union HSD. He is the author of Between the Commas.