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4/29/17 Weekend Workshop for Teachers: Beyond the Mundane

Come join practicing Teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms. The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the teaching of writing.

Join us for our final Weekend Workshop of 2016-2017.

$20.00 RegisterApril 29th (Beyond the Mundane)


April 29, 2017 Weekend Workshop line-up: 

This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

Location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce
Campus (Fee) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)


Check-in and Coffee: 8:30 am
Opening Remarks: 9:00 am
Session 1: 9:20 am – 10:50 am
Session 2: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

4/29/17 Session 1:

The Role of Self-Reflection in Student Revision
Presenter: Rebecca Taylor

How do you support students to revise their writing in a significant way? One of the most difficult aspects of using a workshop model in the classroom is encouraging students to revise in ways that significantly improve their writing. Using student checklists to guide self-reflection can be a powerful tool in this environment. In this workshop we will analyze narrative student writing and students’ use of checklists to revise.  Participants will also explore using a checklist to reflect on their own writing.

Supporting Resilience in Learners of All Ages: Writing for Social-Emotional Health
Presenter: Meredith Pike-Baky

Join eager and engaged colleagues as we practice classroom activities to develop a range of responses to challenging situations. Inspired by a BAWP Saturday Seminar that focused on trauma our students face, this workshop builds writing skills by guiding students to expand perspectives, think strategically about approaching a topic, and focus on audience awareness. Teachers will participate in reading and writing activities that show how careful listening and empathetic response can lead to validation and constructive outcomes. The workshop features reading selections and writing models appropriate for all levels.

4/29/17 Session 2:

Metacognition: Write about your thinking… become a better thinker!
Presenter: Sara Niesen 

Fostering a Growth Mindset is about more than celebrating effort. To help your students become successful learners, they need to see their thinking grow and chart their progress. In this workshop, we’ll explore metacognitive writing across the curriculum, transcending subject area. You’ll try out & craft scaffolded prompts that will not only help your students learn how to learn, but give you valuable insights so you can differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all your students.

Dealing with Loss: Exploring a Universal Theme in order to Analyze a Complex Text and Promote Rigor in the ELL Classroom
Presenter: Casey Moore

How can we help our students deal with loss in their lives and learn from their trauma? Workshop participants will experience how to craft an inquiry-based lesson model around a mentor text that leads into a rich writing experience and promotes emotional well-being in their students. We will examine and annotate a high-level mentor text from Anne Bradstreet, a seventeenth century Puritan poet, and explore how this can prompt student engagement, deep reflection and powerful writing. This poem is used to demonstrate the high-level of critical thinking that English language learners can reach, and to underscore the timeless theme of loss, helping students identify with a vibrant past, and experience the healing power of poetry.