Helping you continue on a path of learning!
Helping you continue on a path of learning!
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I am excited to announce that I am presenting two sessions for Region 15's Literacy on the Concho Conference in San Angelo on July 12, 2023. There are other fabulous presenters including Melanie Mayer and Dr. Shona Rose, and Gerry Brooks will be our keynote speaker!
Meeting Gerry Brooks and presenting two sessions for Region 15's Literacy on the Concho this past summer were definitely some of my highlights. Gerry and I also figured out that we share a mutual friend---small world indeed!
Hosting one of my workshops can offer many benefits. If your campus or school district would like to host one of my workshop events, your teachers and administrators can attend for free if there is a minimum registration reached from other participating schools.
Please reach out and let's discuss the possibilities of arranging STAAR Reading and Writing support workshops in your area! Let's learn and grow together--
A BIG shoutout to Commerce, Cooper, Dodd City, and Miller Grove ISDs for participating in my first "hosted" workshop in Commerce, Texas! These RLA teams learned and shared literacy strategies that will impact their students.
"Jennifer knows what she is talking about! Her strategies are highly effective."
"Jennifer presents awesome strategies that students will both benefit and enjoy in the classroom."
"Extremely helpful with offering ways to bring the new response formats into the classroom in smaller pieces, so the students are not overwhelmed."
"Jennifer Martin is definitely an expert in her field. The strategies she has created are timeless!"
"Awesome amount of usable content in a concise time."
"Mrs. Martin is so knowledgeable and always willing to help."
Join us in Port Aransas for Melanie Mayer's "Teach Rhymes with Beach" conference on October 22-24, 2023. Gretchen Bernabei and her team will be presenting and so will I!
My calendar is beginning to fill up, but please reach out to see if there is a time that I could serve your instructional needs.
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My belief is that a teacher who possesses a growth mindset can ultimately affect every student who enters his/her class to become the best version of themselves. This includes personal and academic growth.
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With the short and extended constructed responses coming our way, students need strategies to connect and infuse compositions with analysis, inferences, and text evidence. This workshop will offer hands-on activities that will support teachers as they build as many instructional "bridges" as possible to guide students toward composing successful informational responses. Participants in this session will experience the instructional methods through the eyes of the teacher and the student. Let's go toe-to-toe with STAAR 2.0!!!
Engaging students in analytical reading is definitely a challenge; however, adding the writing process can seem overwhelming. This session will infuse reading with enriching writing strategies that will not only engage your students but guide them through revision of their written responses. Teachers will leave with ready-to-go STAAR 2.0 writing lessons that will make an impact on instruction.
Unit planning is enhanced when teachers have a system of steps to guide instructional greatness! This workshop will be customized to fit each participant's needs as teachers will bring their TEKS, curriculum guides, and resources. So, if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get down to business, this training provides the skills and processes necessary to create learning experiences that will help you and your students to thrive.
Get ready to fill your instructional toolboxes with engaging strategies that will help your students crystalize their learning! Participants will have multiple opportunities to experience reading and writing with "creative rigor" that will support STAAR literacy skills.
Participants will experience a strategy that truly gives purpose to reading and enables readers to analyze on rigorous levels. Multiple genres will be explored along with making connections through writing. Ultimately, participants will learn how to teach their students to write STAAR-level questions.
Participants will learn how to determine reading lenses based on the TEKS that should be taught and then apply them to engaging selections. Ultimately, teachers will learn how to teach their students to not only think on the STAAR level, but to write their own questions like a STAAR test creator.
Participants will combine the reading lenses strategy with a reader response activity. From there, revision of writer’s craft will lead to a longer composition. This is truly “sucking the marrow” from reading and writing instruction.
One of the struggles that most students face in their compositions stems from “development of ideas.” This 3-hour session will help teachers build their students’ background knowledge through activities such as the MLK Body Biography.
Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) will be addressed through Bloom’s and Costa’s levels of questioning. This workshop can be cross-curricular as well.
Before teachers or students can effectively address STAAR prompts and compositions, analysis of the rubrics must occur. This 3-hour session will give teachers and students memorable, effective tools that will boost essay success through a visual interpretation of rubrics. This session can be cross-curricular as well.
This session puts together some of the biggest-bang-for-your-buck writing strategies that I have ever experienced. All elements of the STAAR rubric will be explored with engaging activities.
Growing up in a large family of educators, I began my personal teaching journey in public education over 30 years ago. I received my Bachelors of Science in History and English with a minor in Secondary Education from what was then known as East Texas State University (Texas A & M University--Commerce). Along the way, I was blessed with amazing students who helped me grow as an educator. Also, there have been countless other educators who mentored and guided my professional development over the years.
Having taught grades 6-12 over a 30-year career, I had the opportunity to teach English I-IV, English Language Arts and Reading (6-8), Speech Communications, and Art. I have also been a mentor teacher, instructional coach, and ultimately worked in curriculum as an instructional strategist. Along with my own professional development and coaching, I have been honored to work with Gretchen Bernabei's Trail of Breadcrumbs Team.
Living on our family farm that goes back generations, I get to enjoy a little piece of Heaven daily. Our daughters are the fifth generation of our family to live in our old country home. It's that feeling of home, family, and grace that always guided me in my classroom. I love the outdoors working in our garden and taking long walks. My love of reading and history also pushes me to constantly seek new knowledge and travel to local historical places. And, if you ever need a good buttermilk pie or amazing brownies, I am your girl!