Posts Tagged ‘prewriting’

Oct. 8 Webinar Notes

October 9th, 2009 2 comments

Thanks to everyone who attended our first webinar yesterday. I had a great time talking to Jill about prewriting activities and the participants added some great ideas and resources. As promised, here are the links from my slides and a collection that was harvested from the backchannel chat in both sessions.

Writing Prompts

Image Collections for Prompts or Visual Synectics

Digital Timer (for Quick Write)

Resources and Ideas from Participants

Webinar – Special Guest

October 6th, 2009 Comments off

The date for our first webinar is fast approaching and I’m pleased to announce that my co-facilitator for both sessions will be Jill Spencer. Jill is an educational consultant and author of Everyone’s Invited! Interactive Strategies That Engage Young Adolescents.

Jill Spencer

Jill Spencer

Jill and I taught together at Mt. Ararat Middle School several years ago and have worked together on many projects since. She has extensive experience as a professional development provider and coach and has been a presenter at several state, regional and national conferences. Visit her wiki to learn more about her work.  

Jill and I will be sharing our thoughts and ideas about the prewriting stage of the writing process and we hope you’ll join us and share yours. You can find a link for registration on the Webcasts page of this blog

First Webinar – October 8

September 29th, 2009 6 comments

Mark your calendars! Our first Maine121 webinar, Beginning the Process with Prewriting Activities, will be Thursday, October 8th at 3:15 and again at 7:15.

In this session we’ll explore ways to get students started in the writing process. Much of the work of writing happens before the first draft and we’ll look at ways to help students with this important step. We’ll discuss ways to use some of the software titles on the MLTI MacBooks for brainstorming and gathering ideas and look at some web tools also. We’ll share some resources for writing prompts (including images as prompts) and try out a strategy for helping students build digital word banks.
Of course, we know that many of you have ideas and strategies that have worked for you and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to share them. Please join us on October 8, either after school at 3:15 or later in the evening from the comfort of your home at 7:15.

Getting ready to write – Illustration by Ann Marie Quirion Hutton

Joining a webinar

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Thursday, October 8 – 3:15pm Webinar:

Thursday, October 8 – 7:15pm Webinar:

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