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Friday, January 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Writing with Independence: Letting Students Take the Lead - MVHS: Room# 220 FULL

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In our session, Writing with Independence: Letting Students Take the Lead, participants will explore how our writing instruction at the early childhood level helps, and sometimes hinders, children as they grow as writers. We will explore how to implement writing instruction that is anchored by the following ideas: -Students will work and write with independence and engagement. -Students will take ownership of their writing. -Students will plan using their own ideas and develop them into their own writing. Participants will learn ideas for guiding their students through the planning process and developing it into writing across grade levels and subject areas as well as with differentiation in mind. We will offer procedures for developing writing with independence in the classroom. We will show how to use the tools we have found particularly effective such as anchor chart ideas, organizers, and mini-lesson ideas. Examples of student work will be provided to show how to build our dialog about writing with independence in early childhood classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will have a toolbox filled with ideas and lesson examples to use with students writing at the kindergarten and first grade levels to foster independent, engaged writing in their classrooms.


April Gattis

First Grade Teacher, Aiken Elementary
April Gattis is a first grade teacher at Aiken Elementary.  She has taught first grade for twelve years.  She has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master degree in Divergent Learning.     


  Reading and Writing
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes