This course was helpful and beneficial in understanding how to teaching writing to the primary grades. The instructor was knowledgable in the content and gave practical and useful strategies that can be used in the classroom to help our young learners develop into authors.
Thank you for this course! I found the information interesting and very helpful. I was thrilled to learn so many ways that I can help my daughter, who is struggling with fine motor skills. I also got a kick out of the games that we could play in the lessons to make sure we understood the material.
I really enjoyed this course. I learned more about writing than I knew as a teacher. I also felt like I could become an author too. I liked the practical ways she demonstrated the lesson with glimpses into the classrooms. Very good class!
Thank you! I appreciated the organization and practicality of this course. I feel like I have a good grasp of the basics of teaching writing along with the resources to go further. The flow was helpful for me and it covered the relevant areas- theory, stages, writing workshops, genres, writing tools, assessments and how to conference with parents. I appreciated the examples of the classroom activities. It is always helpful for me to see how something is put into practice.
I really enjoyed this course! It was exactly what I was looking for in an online course. The instructor provided a great balance of presenting new information about teaching writing and showing us great ways to implement this new information in our classrooms. I have taken a few online courses in order to renew my teaching license and this course was definitely my favorite.
This was a very interesting and helpful course! The content was relevant to teaching writing in the classroom. Each lesson was organized, easy to read, and filled with great ideas for writing activities to do with students. I like how the instructor included the "Teachers in Action" section of each lesson because it provided real-world examples of how to incorporate what we learned into a classroom setting. The matching games were a fun way to review the new information before taking the quiz. The instructor always responded to discussion posts and gave useful advice. I will be referring back to these lessons in the future when I need ideas for teaching writing.
This course was a great exercise for me in reviewing some areas in which I already feel comfortable teaching, while it also provided new information and infused my database of lesson plans with fresh ideas. I am currently out of the classroom and this course made me want to go back to teaching soon. It helped me grow the confidence necessary to apply.
I really enjoyed this course and thought the author's ideas and suggestions were all relevant and useful, and her willingness to respond and give further thoughtful and practical suggestions within the discussion area was extremely helpful to me. I've learned a lot and appreciate having a few more tools in my teaching tool box. My students have already benefitted and will hopefully continue to do so.
This was an absolutely wonderful course! I learned so many new writing strategies; and the writing strategies I already had in place were reinforced and improved upon. I looked forward to every lesson. I was sad to see this course end. Sara Hardin is a fantastic instructor. She made all concepts taught extremely interesting and easy to understand. Thank you, Sara!
This was the best class I have ever take online. It motivated and energized me to be a better educator. The lessons were informative, creative and applicable the day I completed them. Assignments were practical and easily applied. I looked forward to the lessons and will definitely be taking more from this instructor.
Course Code: twk
In your first lesson, you will discover the relevance of writing instruction in early elementary school, and look at some practical ways to grow writers in your classroom. You will learn about how to provide role models, have celebrations, and meet the students at their developmental and skill levels. Then you will look at the connections between oral language and writing. You will discover strategies for helping students move from oral language to writing and see some K-3 teachers in action.
Begin to explore the developmental stages of writing, starting with the scribbling stage and moving on to the letter-like symbols stage. You will visit a kindergarten classroom and a resource room to get some great tips for working with these young writers. Then, you will focus on the letter writing stage where students begin to explore writing with confidence. You will see actual teachers working with students in these stages.
In this lesson, you will discover ways students take risks and are ready to make bold choices when they put their pens to paper. You will discover how students increase their knowledge of sound to letters, learn how to incorporate vowels, and expand the details in their writing. Then, you will explore the transitional and standard spelling stages of development. You will learn ways to grow your writers in these stages and visit some classrooms to see teachers in action.
Examine the writer’s workshop and discover how to use it as an effective tool to meet the diverse needs of all of your writers. You will learn about the components of a successful writer’s workshop: mini lesson, writing time, and sharing. You will visit some teachers to see how they implement a writer’s workshop and incorporate it into their curriculum. Then, you will learn how to define and teach the six traits of great writing. These traits consist of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. You will again visit some classrooms to see teachers working with this method.
This lesson will focus on wring conferences. You will learn about the different types of conferences and how to conduct effective conferences with students at varying developmental levels. You will discover rubrics and how to use them to assess student writing. Then you will learn how to help those students who struggle with some of the physical aspects of writing. You will discover how to navigate roadblocks such as trouble with fine motor skills, posture, and stamina. You will also learn some specific tactics for reversing letter reversals.
In these last lessons, you will look at the different genres: narrative, expository, procedural, persuasive, and transactional writing. You will discover how genre study motivates students and increases their writing and reading comprehension skills. You will examine the components of each genre and watch teachers incorporate these genres into their classroom instruction. Finally, you will discuss how to work with parents to support their young writers at home. You will discover how to have productive conferences with parents about their children’s writing, and examine answers to some common parent questions. You will learn about a great activity you can organize for your students and their parents: Family Writing Night.
Working with special needs students became a passion for Sara Hardin in seventh grade, when she volunteered at a summer camp for physically disabled children. Their willingness to keep trying new things despite serious obstacles impressed her and inspired her to become a special educator. She has taught special education for nine years, mostly at the elementary level. She completed her master’s degree in special education in 2000.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.