Laying a Path 4: Supported Writing & Editing

Laying a Path 4: Supported Writing & Editing


Laying a Path Online Educator Training

Strengthen your teaching methods for writing and editing principles!

2018 - 2019 Schedule: Summer, 2019. July 16th & 23rd 2019, 2-5pm EST

2019 - 2020 Schedule: Spring, 2020. March 6th & 13th 2020, 1-4pm EST

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What we teach:

This class teaches educators and parents our student-friendly methods for promoting writing and encouraging editing. Through this 4-hour course, you will learn how to help your students develop ownership in their writing across all skill levels, encouraging Bits & Pieces of writing to help students gain a stronger flow of ideas and a willingness to elaborate. You will learn our most functional approach to helping writers coordinate their learned skills: sound processing, phonics, spelling conventions, word study, grammar, comprehension, and thought organization. We show how we match students’ editing levels to their writing levels, for all ages and stages.

Appropriate for educators/parents teaching all skill levels K-12, including evidence-based practices for struggling readers and writers.

When we teach:

  • 2018 - 2019 Schedule: July 16th & 23rd 2019, 2-5pm EST

  • 2019 - 2020 Schedule: March 6th & 13th 2020, 1-4pm EST

The course is divided across 2 days and each session lasts 2-3 hours.

In the live class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Class recordings will be made available to all participants after the course. You must have a Zoom account to participate in our classes and a YouTube account to view the recordings. Both accounts are free and easy to set up.

This class is a culminating course and builds on skills presented in Laying a Path 1, 2, and 3. We recommend taking this after completing the other three Laying a Path courses.

Why we teach:

Peter Elbow states that original writing needs to be both "low stakes" and "high stakes". Low stakes writing is writing that is never edited and should be the majority of any language arts program. High stakes writing is edited and includes writing deemed worthy of going to the next level: elaborating, revising, organizing, editing, and sharing. We embrace this philosophy and approach editing with kindness and care, helping educators to identify the appropriate strategies for editing based on each student’s writing level. Original writing and editing are important skills for self-expression, communication, and professional success. Therefore, we approach these skills with a spirit of nudging kids along while giving them the support they need for effective writing.