Routines to Engage Middle School Readers and Writers
Let’s face it: there are very few places to find authentic information for teaching middle school readers and writers. We’ve gathered four presenters from across the United States who carry full-time contracts with schools. They show up day in and day out to engage their students as readers and writers. Some days it is brilliant; some days leave a bit to be desired. This is the reality of working with teen readers and writers.
You’re not going to find gimmicks, and you are definitely not going to get packets with empty promises for engaging your students. Instead, you’ll find practical ideas for procedures and routines so that you can start strong as a middle school language arts teacher. Ruth Ayres will be your guide and help you think through how to use the ideas with your own students, and lead a live demonstration.
October 4, 2023 (W)|Tippy Valley Middle School|9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
November 13, 2023 |Tippy Valley Middle School|9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Primary Audience: 5-9 grade language arts/English departmentalized teachers, instructional coaches
- You may register one person at a time. This ensures that each attendee receives direct emails with workshop information.
- If you are from a school district who is a member of The Lead Learners (list below), please use the coupon code: TLLfree for free registration.
- If your school district is a member of an Indiana Educational Service Center, please use the coupon code: ESCnewcoach for a discounted price.
- If there are multiple registrations from the same district and you select “Invoice Payment,” all registrations will be included on one invoice. Please leave a note if you prefer separate invoices.
- When you register, you will be part of The Lead Learners email list.
Creating Welcoming Spaces and Routines to Inspire Readers and Writers
Christy Rush-Levine, Media Center Specialist and former Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Using Scaffolds and Mentors to Uplift Writers
Tara Barnett, Middle School Language Arts Teacher with Kate Mills, Instructional Coach
Organizing and Achieving Robust Book Clubs
Leigh Anne Eck, Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Videos and Visuals to Connect with Current Teen Trends
Gretchen Schroeder, High School English and AP Teacher
Meet Ruth Ayres
Ruth Ayres is the editor in chief of the Choice Literacy site and director of The Lead Learners Network in northern Indiana. She spends her days helping students find meaning in their stories, and encouraging teachers to reflect and refine the art of teaching. Ruth’s background includes work as a middle and high school language arts and science teacher and as a K-12 instructional coach, and writing books, articles, and lots of blog posts. She has written Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers(Stenhouse, 2017) and many other books. Ruth and her husband, Andy, have four children. When not writing professionally, Ruth collects stories of adoption, faith, and whimsy. Please join her on LinkedIn.