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Seminar Schedule

Tues., March 6, 2018

Lindner Campus Commons

8:00 a.m. Coffee and tea with pastries
8:30 a.m. Seminar Begins
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Provided
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Dessert Break
3:30 p.m. Seminar Ends

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Lindner Campus Commons - Judson University

Ruth Ayres on the Day:

"Together we will explore the power of stories to heal children from hard places. I'll share my hard-earned lessons from raising a family of four adopted children as well as strategies for reaching the writers in your classroom. We'll delve into recent brain research and offer realistic moves to help all children grow as writers. Join me on a journey to become a teacher who refuses to give up on any student."

About Ruth Ayres

Ruth spends her days helping students find meaning in their stories and encouraging teachers to reflect and refine the art of teaching. Ruth is an instructional coach for Wawasee School District in Indiana. She is the new director of All Write, a professional development consortium. Ruth is the author of three books about teaching writers, as well as an active blogger on topics of teaching, writing, adoption and faith. 

Learn more about Ruth.


Author of...
Day by Day

Day by Day

Have you ever wanted your own personal writing coach to help improve your teaching of writing? How about two personal writing coaches? In Day by Day , Stacey Shubitz and Ruth Ayres, creators of the popular blog Two Writing Teachers , guide you through the trials and tribulations of a whole year of writing workshop. Day by Day is organized around six fundamental components of writing workshop -- routines, mini-lessons, choice, mentors, conferring, and assessment. Each component is broken down into ten-day sections. Each section includes a detailed discussion, a challenge that teachers can apply immediately, and questions to help teachers assess the process to see what went right, what went wrong, and, most importantly, why. Ruth and Stacey also provide daily encouragement, support, practical strategies, tips, advice, and everything you need to run an effective writing workshop that meets the needs of all the different writers in your classroom.

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers K-8

In this moving, personal book, Ruth Ayres weaves together her experience as a mother, teacher, and writer. She explores the power of stories to heal children from troubled backgrounds and offers up strategies for helping students discover and write about their own stories of strength and survival. She shares her own struggles and triumphs and hard-earned lessons from raising a family of four adopted children. Her experience is invaluable to any teacher who’s met children living in poverty, in unstable households, or in fear of abuse.Ruth explores recent brain research on the way trauma changes the brain and makes a case for encouraging all students to write. She believes that all students benefit from revealing their stories, by communicating information and opinion that allows darkness to turn to light in the lives of children. In the last part of her book she offers up practical suggestions for enticing all writers, regardless of their struggles. Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers invites you on a journey to become a teacher who refuses to give up on any student, who helps children believe that they can have a positive impact on the world, and who—in some cases—becomes the last hope for a child to heal.

Celebrating Writers

Celebrating Writers

Writing begins before students even pick up a pencil, but there are many reasons to stop and rejoice between the idea and the finished project. By helping students celebrate each stage of the writing process and applauding success, we help our students persevere through what can be an extended and challenging process. In their innovative new book, Celebrating Writers, Ruth Ayres and Christi Overman discuss dozens of ways to respond, reflect, and rejoice along the journey to a finished project. This type of celebration nurtures students, makes them better writers, and helps them recognize that writing is a process filled with notable moments, not simply a result where publication is the only marker of success. From traveling notebooks to lunch-table writing, from author interviews with a writing partner to silent reflection, from swapping stories around a "campfire" to tweeting favorite lines, Ruth and Christi share dozens of fun and effective ways for you and your students to commemorate their progress as writers. As the authors write, "It's time to expand the idea of celebration to include the process of writers and the products they create. Let's build an approach that weaves celebration into the heart of all writers. Be ready to learn to refuel the writers in your classroom, even on the tough days.


 ADAJ S18 - Ruth Ayres Handout


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