San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
with Gretchen Bernabei
November 16, 2016 in Miami, Florida
8:30am - 2:30pm
For years, educators have been grappling with the grammar dilemma in our classrooms:
What we DO know:
1. We teach grammar yearly, but students often fail to retain
2. Research says that we should be teaching grammar within the
context of writing
What we DON’T know:
1. How do we cover it all while teaching grammar in context?
2. How do we teach it in a way that they will retain it?
3. At the end of the year, how can we know what we have covered
and what we haven’t?
4. How can we make sure grammar skills transfer into
Welcome to Grammar Keepers!
Grammar Keepers is a kid-friendly cache of 101 lessons and practice pages. Your students will internalize the conventions of correctness once and for all. The secret? Embed the lessons in ten minutes of daily journal writing, then use students’ own writing as models for discussion and practice.
Participants will experience modeled lessons in:
- nailing fragments and run-ons, using the sentence wringer
- wiping out usage problems ( like its/it’s and there/their/they’re) once and for all
- showing your students how to use their parts-of-speech knowledge
- keeping track of your grammar-teaching-in-context
Participants will receive a copy of Grammar Keepers.
Who is it for?
Anyone involved who teaches language arts whether or not they prepare students for high-stakes testing
What people are saying:
For years I’ve searched for someone who knows how to teach grammar in context. ‘Who knows how to teach grammar in context?!’ Gretchen Bernabei does! Our own home-grown teacher, colleague & author.
Christina Ramirez-Romo, Edgewood
I love her application of grammar into authentic, real and genuine writing. This is the one piece that has been missing for me in teaching!
Christine Hokins, Cypress-Fairbanks
I wish I had been using the Grammar Keepers book all year! My partner teacher and I have already worked Star Points into next week’s lesson. Our students are going to love doing the conversations to prove they picked the correct word or contraction!
Jordan Peoples, Houston ISD
Gretchen’s workshop was much more than just a ‘workshop’. It was an extremely informative and practical workshop that made me feel more confident about teaching grammar to my kids in a way that will help the information stick with them for life and not just until April.
Kirbi Tharp, Spring ISD
Every Gretchen training I go to makes me feel as though she’s found the secret to making the complicated simple. All her ideas are clear and easy to implement.
Catherine Leach, Pasadena ISD
Awesome ways to make grammar engaging, relevant and easy to apply! Your lesson design is so simple to follow. I will be able to return to my students on Thursday and begin using your Teach It, Explain It, Model It and Practice It outline immediately.
Kimberly Vanderbull, Lamar CISD
This book gave my co-teacher and me an ‘A-HA’ moment. It is the perfect tool for all of us to use as our YEAR LONG grammar lesson plan. It covers everything and offers lessons that will make sense to our kids.
Paula Shamburger, Deer Park ISD
I’ve never seen how easily grammar could be taught in mini-lessons and using their own journal writings. I wish I would’ve had this training in August.
Amanda Galyean, Edgewood ISD
Loved, loved, loved the sentence wringer section. It was life changing.
Elizabeth Reyna, Spring ISD
I am a first year teacher and I have been overwhelmed with the different ways to teach writing and grammar (and lack of training I had in college) This training was just what I needed! The ideas are simple and easy to implement and I feel like they are going to be more effective than the approaches I have been using.
Kim Johnson, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Gretchen is the winner of NCTE's James Moffett Award
When & Where
Trail of Breadcrumbs, LLC
Gretchen Bernabei taught for 32 years in Texas public schools.
Gretchen has shared her experience with other teachers through seminars, journal articles and books, offering field-tested techniques for teaching writing. Her publications include The Good Writer’s Kit for Hampton-Brown/National Geographic; Why We Must Run with Scissors (with Barry Lane) and Reviving the Essay: Teaching Structure without Formula. She is also the author of Lightning in a Bottle, a program featuring photographs on CD-ROM used to prompt and guide student writing. She contributed the chapter, “The School Essay: Tracking Movement of the Mind” in Teaching the Neglected “R”:Rethinking Writing Instruction in Secondary Classrooms. She has published two anthologies of high-scoring student TAKS essays entitled Sparklers: High Scoring Test Essays and What They Teach Us and More Sparklers. Other titles include Crunchtime, The Story of My Thinking, both from Heinemann. Her titles from Corwin Literacy include Fun-Size Academic Writing, Grammar Keepers, and most recently, Text Structures from the Masters.
Currently, Gretchen and her Trail of Breadcrumbs consultants conduct staff development events around the country. She lives in San Antonio.
Learn more about Gretchen on her website: www.trailofbreadcrumbs.net
Trail of Breadcrumbs, LLC
1111 Mt Rainier
San Antonio, TX 78213
Phone: (323) 839-0604