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Teach BIG Virtual Training

(featuring Randi Whitney)

 

Our Teach Big Language Arts (TBLA) online courses open the door to creating your own inservice selection and schedule!  Sign up for the courses that will enhance the awesome teacher that you already are in the classroom. Be prepared though....you may get addicted to this personalized, self-paced training!  Each course is accompanied by a downloadable handout!  You can even add on a Party Pack that contains every manipulative needed (demonstration set, small group set, or individual class set) so that you don’t have to run to the copy machine or find colored card stock to create all of these interACTIVE games and activities.   Hop on the technology train to develop your very own inservice plan!

 

NEW Virtual Training Options NOW AVAILABLE!!

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the majority of our Summer Institutes have been cancelled.  In their place, we have created online, Virtual Summer Institutes, and training courses.  Click the buttons below to access more information regarding our NEW Virtual Training Options!!

For more descriptions of our online courses please continue below.

You will be taking the courses through our online course site which has been updated with the new virtual summer courses.  That site can be accessed at the link below:

Teach BIG Language Arts Virtual Training

 

Our Teach BIG Language Arts Online site is where you will go to access the online virtual training!

 

Virtual Summer Institute Release Dates:

Composition Virtual Training (Literary Foundations, Expository, Persuasive) - ***NOW AVAILABLE***

Grades PK-2 and 3-8 Editing & Revising Virtual Training - ***NOW AVAILABLE***

Grades PK-2 and 3-8 Tap & Think Reading Virtual Training - ***NOW AVAILABLE***

Raising the B.A.R.R. (Brief Answer Reading Responses) - July 27, 2020 @ 12:00pm

If you are registering your entire campus, or a large amount of teachers, please call Kelley or Erin at (281) 549-4466, otherwise you can register individuals using the links below.

Virtual Training Available

WRITING COURSES

How to Teach Expository/Informational Writing (Two Courses - Expository CAFE and Expository PLUS) - Grades 3-8

If you’ve ever wondered about the ins and outs of teaching the Expository/Informational Composition through the writing process, your life just became easier with these courses!  Learn a new concept, turn and teach it to your students, and then learn even more!  Add to your teaching repertoire concepts such as prompt analysis, thesis writing, introduction approaches, effective brainstorming, idea development (basic and advanced), transitions (external and internal), and conclusions that leave readers impressed!  InterActivities and foldables lead the way to long-term learning in these courses!

Do you know the difference between the Go Word, the Topic, and the Charge?  The answer lies within these courses!  Do you know if you brainstorm before developing your thesis that you increase your chances of missing the prompt?  Why is that?  The answer lies within these courses!  Do you know the parts that make up an outstanding thesis statement?  The answer lies within these courses!  What about this?  What’s the process for distinguishing between weak and strong brainstormed ideas?  The answer lies within these courses!  Do you know the four most effective ways to develop an expository/informational writing piece?  What about the four corresponding upgrades?  The answer lies within these courses!  Do you know what it means to put a HAT on your conclusion?  The answer lies within these courses!  All of these answers can be yours when you take these in-depth courses!

Course Details 

  • These courses will be released June 15, 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Course, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Expository Course is 12 hours (6 hours for each course).
  • An additional 6 CPE hours, per course, can be earned if purchasing the make-n-take add-on)

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

Day 1 (Expository CAFE):

  • UNIT 1:  TEKS and ESSA Explanation
  • UNIT 2:  Prompt Analysis - Go, Topic, and Charge
  • UNIT 3:  Stated & Understood Thesis Statements
  • UNIT 4:  Three Basic Introduction Approaches
  • UNIT 5:  Brainstorming Organization
  • UNIT 6:  OCTO Organization
  • UNIT 7:  Main Body Development - Linear and Starring
  • UNIT 8:  Idea Development - CAFE
  • UNIT 9:  Sequential Transitions
  • UNIT 10:  Conclusion Writing - Level 1
  • UNIT 11:  Keychain Writing - An Interactive Bulletin Board

Day 2 (Expository PLUS):

  • UNIT 1:  I-Write to Performance
  • UNIT 2:  Prompt Analysis - Open or Closed?
  • UNIT 3:  Higher Level Approach to Introduction Writing
  • UNIT 4:  OCTO MORE Organization
  • UNIT 5:  Idea Development - PLUS
  • UNIT 6:  Altruistic CAFE & PLUS Statements
  • UNIT 7:  Transition Families - Beyond the Sequence
  • UNIT 8:  Conclusion Writing - Level 2
  • UNIT 9:  Prompt to Product Foldable
  • UNIT 10:  Prompt to Product Cumulative Graphic Organizer
  • UNIT 11:  Assessment Day Action Plan

6 Hours (Expository CAFE Virtual Training) : $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

6 Hours (Expository PLUS Virtual Training) : $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

 

How to Grade Expository/Informational Compositions Course

Assessing composition writing is a task that many teachers dread!  Well dread no more....register for this all-encompassing 6-hour online course and you will actually begin to look forward to grading your students’ Expository/Informational Compositions. Based on research, which is shared in Chapter one, you will see which qualities arise in each of the four scoring levels.  Journey through the process of students/teacher conferences, common pitfalls recognition, understanding the difference between progression and idea development, experience Rainbow Revision and Keychain Writing, learn how to grade in isolation, and practice grading whole compositions holistically.  This interActive course comes with a variety of student samples and grading rubrics to use with your students as you assess their compositions and provide quality feedback.  This might be the most important course you EVER take as a writing teacher!

Course Details 

  • This course will be offered in 30-minute sections with the first sections released October 2019.
  • Each session will accompany a 3-15 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion this ENTIRE course, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the How to Grade an Expository Paper Course is 9 hours.

 

Units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Research-Based Information and Background
  • UNIT 2:  Effective Student/Teacher Writing Conferences – Part 1
  • UNIT 3:  Effective Student/Teacher Writing Conferences – Part 2
  • UNIT 4:  Pitfalls – Part 1 (run-ons and fragments)
  • UNIT 5:  Pitfalls – Part 1 (repeats and offs)
  • UNIT 6:  Prompt Analysis with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 7:  Writing a Thesis with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 8:  Expository Introductions with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 9:  Brainstorming and OCTO with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 10:  Main Body Paragraph Progression with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 11:  Expository Conclusions with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 12:  Great 8 Writing Structures
  • UNIT 13:  Rainbow Revision
  • UNIT 14:  Isolated Introduction Assessment with Student Samples
  • UNIT 15:  Isolated Main Body Assessment with Student Samples
  • UNIT 16:  Isolated Conclusion Assessment with Student Samples
  • UNIT 17:  Reflection Grading – Looking Outside the Grade
  • UNIT 18:  Cumulative Rubrics and Explanations
  • UNIT 19:  Practice Grading with Student Samples of Varying Scores
  • UNIT 20:  Cumulative Review

9 Hours: $129

 

 

Opinion/Argumentative/Persuasive (Grades 9-12):  Ethos.  Pathos.  Logos.  The prongs.  The three prongs.  The three prongs needed for effective persuasion and convincing!  Higher level concepts such as these are best taught through experience.  This course will take you on a journey of providing your students with activities that create experiences.  Learn the nuts and bolts and then use them to build a solid foundation forever.  Register TODAY!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released June 15, 2020.
  • After completion of training, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the training.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Persuasive Course is 6 hours.
  • An additional 6 CPE hours can be earned if purchasing the make-n-take add-on)

 

6 Hours: $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

  

 

 

EDITING & REVISING COURSES

Editing (Grades: PK-2, 3-8, and 9-12): Rules!  Rules!  Rules!  It seems like that’s all school is about!  What if I told you that grammatical rules can be taught through experiential learning?  Have you ever been a word within a sentence?  What about a sentence within a paragraph?  Are you ready to share chants to help your students recall the difference between a simple, a compound, and a complex sentence?  Comma drama is alive and well, so let’s calm the fear and replace it with knowledge!  The more you know, the more you grow as a discerning writer.  Prepare yourself for the grammar experience of a teaching lifetime!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released June 22, 2020.
  • After completion of training, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Editing Course is 6 hours (Editing & Revising are combined into one course for Grades PK-2).
  • An additional 6 CPE hours, per course, can be earned if purchasing the make-n-take add-on)

 

6 Hours: $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

  

  

Revising (Grades: PK-2, 3-8, and 9-12): We will…we will…R.O.C.K. you!  R.O.C.K.  and READ are our signature ways to help students differentiate between the 4 types of revision and the 4 types of questions that can appear when revision is needed.  If you’re not sure how to READ and R.O.C.K., register now for this course and you will be a part of an elite group of teachers who know how to revise, AND who know how to teach it to others!

Course Details

  • This course will be released June 22, 2020.
  • After completion of training, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Revising Course is 6 hours (Editing & Revising are combined into one course for Grades PK-2).
  • An additional 6 CPE hours, per course, can be earned if purchasing the make-n-take add-on)

 

6 Hours: $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

  

  

READING COURSES

Passage Analysis Part 1 - (TAP – The concrete side of reading) - (Grades: PK-2, 3-8, 9-12):  Who needs to know how to comprehend what they read anyway…that’s right, we ALL do!  Learn all about TRACKing a passage which leads to literary analysis comprehension of all the following: author’s purpose, summarization, main idea, and literary devices.  Can you even believe you receive all of that in one course?  Tap into the TANGIBLE details of reading comprehension complete with passages and sources included when you register now!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released June 29, 2020.
  • After completion of training, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Passage Analysis - Part 1 Course is 6 hours
  • An additional 6 CPE hours, per course, can be earned if purchasing the make-n-take add-on)

 

6 Hours: $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

 

 

 

Passage Analysis Part 2 - (THINK – The abstract side of reading) - (Grades: PK-2, 3-8, 9-12):  If you’re not too sure about the distinct differences between main idea, summary, inferencing, and theme, then this course is an absolute MUST!  Imagine how many questions are missed every year because students confuse similar concepts?  Let’s break that cycle immediately!  Learn how to THINK through the ABSTRACT concepts that unfold while you are reading.  Sign up NOW!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released June 29, 2020.
  • After completion of training, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Passage Analysis - Part 2 Course is 6 hours
  • An additional 6 CPE hours, per course, can be earned if purchasing the make-n-take add-on)

 

6 Hours: $80 (make-n-take add-on for additional 6 CPE hours $125 additional)

 

 

 

 

 

Reading WRITE @ Home

Student Tutorial Courses

Tap & Think Reading: Do you have a child who is a struggling reader?  Does your child dread Reading? What about Writing?  Does your child need extra help to get through this stressful time?  How are your kids performing on Reading and Writing assessments?  Is dyslexia getting in the way?  The answer isn’t more Reading.  The answer isn’t more Writing.  The answer is Reading WRITE! Get ready to see children’s confidence soar, as they learn strategies that will take them into adulthood!  Reading and Writing should be a time for bonding, not a time for added stress, so get ready to see a whole new reader and writer in your house!  Don’t delay….Register TODAY!

 

Course #1: Passage Analysis Part 1 - (TAP – The Concrete Side of Reading)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #2: Passage Analysis Part 2 - (THINK – The Abstract Side of Reading)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #3: Question & Answer Analysis (What Do All of Those Questions and Answer Choices Mean Anyway?)

3 Hours: $29

 

 

The Writing Academy:  Reading and Writing are never too far apart!  Using our reading sources from our Reading section, watch as we transform your child into an excellent response writer in no time flat.  Have you ever struggled with creating a thesis statement? What if I told you I could make that an easy task for your 4th grader?  Has your child ever complained about a writing assignment? What if I told you they’d be asking to write after this course?  Have you ever searched for something, or someone, who could help you help your child? What if I told you, it’s here and it’s called Reading WRITE?  Come on over to The Writing Academy, and watch as students gain confidence and love for written communication.

 

Course #1: Narrative Composition Writing (Writing from Prompt to Product)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #2: Expository/Informational Composition Writing (Writing from Prompt to Product)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #3: Editing (The Grammar Side of Writing – Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #4: Revising Questions (What should I Rearrange, Exchange, Add, or Delete?)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #5: Revising Answers (Does the Answer Contain a Repeat, Off, Connector, or Knowledge?)

3 Hours: $29