South Mississippi Writing Project (SMWP) at The University of Southern
Mississippi will present a new workshop July 30 -Start Write-for
area teachers that have community building in mind.
Kim Walker, director of the program, said each
participant may attend one workshop during each of the three concurrent
sessions planned. At the end of the 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. day,
teachers will leave with three "ready-to-teach, high-quality
writing lessons themed on community building."
"As students and teachers begin the new
school year, it is important to take time to plan activities that
foster a community spirit in the classroom," Walker said.
"Each of the lessons presented have the
potential to allow the students and the teacher to get to know each
other in a safe atmosphere as well as produce good writing."
Walker further comments that writing provides
the "perfect vehicle" for this ideal. "Our presenters
know the value of community building and will tell participants
of the results they have achieved with their own students."
The presenters are experienced, successful classroom
teachers who use writing as the central focus of their methods.
The SMWP is part of the National Writing Project and is founded
in the belief that the best staff development comes from "teachers
Each concurrent session will highlight a lesson
directed at elementary school, middle school and high school. All
lessons meet benchmarks in the Mississippi State Framework for the
grade levels they represent.
Future teacher workshops have been planned,
including a poetry workshop in early 2006 to get students and teachers
ready to celebrate National Poetry Month and an End Write Workshop
in March/April 2006 to give teachers the energy boost to end the
school year with more high-quality writing activities.
The fee is $50 and includes lunch. Registration
begins at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Liberal Arts Building on the
Southern Miss campus. The preregistration deadline is July 26. For
more information or to register, call the SMWP at (601) 266-5066.