Writing Specialist & Instructional Coach: Gilbert Barrera
At John Glenn Elementary School, we support the district’s mission in its commitment to the belief that children come first. Through the curriculum, instruction, and professional staff development, this department strives to promote life-long literacy and learning for all students.
Our writing specialist believes students should be given every opportunity possible to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills that they may cultivate the tools necessary for a happy and successful life. He strives to provide support to classrooms with a push-in model to ensure that all students are making progress in their learning.
Writer’s Workshop is a framework for teaching writing. In Writer’s Workshop, students write every day for real purposes about things that interest them. Students learn the craft of writing through practice, conferring and studying mentor texts. This framework is successful in all grades starting in Kindergarten. The Writer’s Workshop has a structured order of events that occur daily within a block of time. Writer’s Workshop opens with a Mini-lesson directed by the teacher to the whole class group. This is followed by an Independent Writing time during which the teacher conferences with either individuals or small groups of students. Additional instruction takes place during this time where the teacher focuses on a single skill. Writer’s Workshop typically closes with sharing time. However, sharing can include the whole group, small group or partners and can be done any time during Writer’s Workshop.