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Young children have stories to share and ideas to explore long before they are able to write words themselves. How often, though, do we as adults intentionally make time to sit beside them and listen? Join SLC special projects coordinator Sharon Dworaczyk as she highlights theory-into-practice strategies and practical ideas gathered over more than 20 years as an SLC mentor teacher, presenter and Creative Writing Camp supervisor. Topics will include stages of writing development in young children, a scaffolded approach to supporting writing development in young children, and an introduction to creating inviting writing workstations and learning centers. Through a combination of professional readings, asynchronous workshop content, and a structured reflection project, participants will gather practical suggestions for supporting children’s socio-emotional development and building their confidence as emerging writers. Never has that been more important than in these tumultuous times.

Audience: Teachers of pre-k/kindergarten and parents interested in promoting children’s writing at home

Course Outline

Three hours of asynchronous research-into-practice content includes:

  • Links to three professional readings
  • Access to two pre-recorded presentations of approximately one hour each
    • Part I: Supporting a Room Full of Writers
    • Part II: Where to Begin
  • A brief theory-into-practice reflection project to be completed by the student and uploaded prior to completion of the course

A certificate of completion for 3 clock hours of professional development credit will be e-mailed upon successful completion of the reflection assignment.

For information about an optional synchronous learning component, contact slc@rice.edu

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