On Thursday, February 20 at 11:00am, the Odyssey welcomes young writers and their families to a Writing Party event with Sharon Edwards, Robert Maloy, and Torrey Trust, authors of Kids Have All the Write Stuff.
We attend parties to celebrate holidays, birthdays, family events. A Writing Party celebrates children as writers, talkers, tellers of stories, jokers, comic drawers, actors and creators of ideas. This party offers ways for children to express the creative ideas they have in their minds by putting them on paper or screens.
From the youngest ages where toddlers scribble on paper and smile at what they wrote to 3-14 year- olds who draw, paint, create videos, compose comics, and script scenes to tell stories, and compose poems, writing is the currency that communicates these ideas.
In this hour and a half event, we will introduce three different experiences, offer writers their choices, and publish the writing by reading it aloud, watching it acted, and celebrating the ideas that young writers found awaiting them as the party unfolds. Writers then take with them what they wrote.
About the Book
You can open up a world of imagination and learning for children when you encourage the expression of ideas through writing. Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Revised and Updated for a Digital Age shows you how to support children's development as confident writers and communicators, offering hundreds of creative ways to integrate writing into the lives of toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school students -- whether at home or at school.
You'll discover: - how to implement writing as a part of daily life with family and friends;- processes and invitations fit for young writers;- strategies for connecting writing to math and coding;- writing materials and technologies; and- creative and practical writing ideas, from fiction, nonfiction, and videos to blogs and emails.
In order to connect writing to today's digital revolution, veteran educators Sharon A. Edwards, Robert W. Maloy, and Torrey Trust reveal how digital tools can inspire children to write, and a helpful companion website brings together a range of resources and technologies. This essential book offers enjoyment and inspiration to young writers
About the Authors
Sharon A. Edwards, Ed.D, a clinical faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst taught primary grades for 32 years at a public elementary school in Amherst, Massachusetts. She co-teaches with Robert Maloy a weekly flipped class experience for undergraduates and graduate students learning about educational pedagogy; in addition, she mentors undergraduate students and graduate student in secondary teacher education programs and teachers in the field who graduated from these programs. Her course teaching and workshop presentations focus on how students learn math, writing, and reading; curriculum development; instructional methods; and diversity in education. She co-directs the TEAMS Tutoring Project through which college undergraduates provide academic tutoring to culturally and linguistically diverse public school students. She is also a co-developer of 4MALITY, an online tutor of elementary math learners. In 1989, Sharon was the recipient of the national Good Neighbor Award for Innovation and Excellence in Education given by the State Farm Insurance Companies. She is coauthor with Robert W. Maloy of three books: Transforming Learning with New Technologies, 3 rd ed. (2017), Ways of Writing with Young Kids: Teaching Creativity and Conventions Unconventionally (2003), and Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Inspiring Your Children To Put Pencil To Paper (1992).
Robert W. Maloy, Ed.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His courses focus on children's math, writing, and reading learning; curriculum development; instructional methods; technology integration and diversity in education. He co-directs the TEAMS Tutoring Project through which college undergraduates provide academic tutoring to culturally and linguistically diverse public school students. He also coordinates the University's History Teacher License program. He is the co-developer of 4MALITY, an online tutor of elementary math learners and is the lead author of Transforming Learning with New Technologies, an educational textbook published by Pearson that is in its third edition. His most recent book is Wiki Works: Teaching Web Research and Digital Literacy in the History and Humanities Classroom to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in the fall.
Torrey Trust, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Learning Technology in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-coordinator of the Learning, Media and Technology master degree program. Her research and teaching focus on how technology can support teachers in designing contexts that enhance student learning. Dr. Trust is the current president of the Teacher Education Network for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (2016-2018). She has received the 2016 ISTE Online Learning Network Award, 2017 Outstanding Research Paper Award for the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 2017 AERA Instructional Technology Special Interest Group Best Paper Award, 2017 ISTE Emerging Leader Award, and the 2017 Association for Educational Communication & Technology Division of Distance Learning Crystal Award (2nd Place).
This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.