English

Reading and Writing Multi-Day Workshop (10-12 Year Olds)

In this multi-day class, learners will grow as a community of readers and writers using published authors as models for writing.
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50 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 4 weeks

10-12

year olds

3-4

learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Description

Class Experience

Learners in this class will become reflective, self-directed readers and writers. The teacher's style is one of encouragement emphasizing self-discovery through guiding questions and inquiry. In all of my classrooms, learner interaction is key. Respect for self and others will be paramount as learners share their ideas, their writing, and a bit of their hearts during my classes. Learners will experience group discussion, group and individual teacher feedback, and a myriad of ways to learn and enjoy English language arts. This class does not follow the tenets of a traditional English language arts class. Much like a one-room classroom of the past, though, the learning and teaching will be fluid and dynamic, reaching each learner at their "just right" spot in all of the aspects of an English language arts classroom. 

DESIGNED FOR THE LEARNER WHO:
•	Reads a book and cannot wait to chat about it with others.
•	Wants to grow as a writer.
•	Is excited about setting goals for themselves as a reader and as a writer.

ALSO FOR THE LEARNER WHO:
•	Feels as if there are no books that could ever interest them.
•	Has a general disdain for the writing process.
•	Does not see how reading or writer can relate to where they see themselves in the future.


TOPICS COVERED (The following will be covered at some point during these classes; however, this is NOT an exhaustive listing of the topics we will cover) :
•	Understanding and practicing sentence structure
•	Developing paragraphs in writing
•	Exploring the themes in novels
•	Using facets of fiction to write non-fiction
•	Understanding characterization in novels

(Please note that, in a reading-writing workshop classroom, many of the topics are determined by the learners, either by choice or by need determined by the teacher. For example, if all learners in a particular section have a strong understanding of plot structure, the teacher will not spend the entire 55 minutes working with the class on this concept.)
I have taught learners in public schools for 31 years. Throughout this time, I have been willing to approach sensitive and high-risk topics with my learners in a thoughtful and respectful manner. Over the many years, my training consisted of a three-week course to build peer leadership within the classroom, a number of topic-specific professional development activities related to a variety of sensitive topics, and, also, training other teachers how to do the same in their classrooms.
Homework will be expected. Learners will need to read a book of their choosing daily for at least 20 minutes. Rarely, the teacher may assign a common piece of literature (ex. poem, short story, article, etc.) for the learners to read prior to the next class. Please note that these common pieces will be brief in nature.

Learners will write often. There will not be an adequate amount of time in our classes for learners to fully complete writing pieces. They will be expected to write in their Writers' Notebooks throughout the week. 
Writers' Notebook: learners may select any type of notebook in which they enjoy writing. The teacher will show examples throughout the class.

Current book student is reading must be accessible during each class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Informal assessments throughout this class will provide learners with the feedback they need to improve and to thrive in ELA. The teacher will also give feedback on students' writing pieces. There will be no grades, yet the students will have the opportunity to learn and grow through one-on-one (teacher :: student discussions) during some of the classes. 
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents are encouraged to help their learners select reading material. In this manner, the values and the expectations of each individual family is respected. Nevertheless, please remember that this class is built on voice and choice with ALL learners. Therefore, there is always the possibility that another learner's chosen novel may contain material you or your learner find objectionable. In such situations, the student must communicate with the teacher and may take a break from class as the other student discusses their book. 

Also, please note that this class will use the website "nearpod" as a screen sharing tool.
Websites and apps---

The class uses "nearpod" for quick assessments, class interaction, and learning activities. The web address for students is: nearpod.com/student. I will share the code needed with the learners as class begins. Prior to class, if your child has not used "nearpod," please consider viewing this YouTube video from "nearpod." 

https://youtu.be/vuQYtMlGtL4

Teacher

Katrina Gonzales
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Veteran Teacher/ Forever Learning
7 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me

I'm really looking forward to meeting your learner. 

While I hold a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in Ed-Tech Leadership, and a few more certifications, my 31 years in education speak more to my love of learning, my love for... 
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