BARRY'S WORKSHOPS


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Barry in Israel Barry Lane enjoys an international reputation as both a writer and speaker on empowering teachers to help their students become better writers.

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                       Turn Rigor to Vigor with Barry Lane

"One constant in this world gone mad for assessing, sorting and labeling children is that Barry Lane will cut through all of that and stay true to the educators who light the fire and deliver the passion within children to be all they can be .”
                                    ~Nancy Thornblad, Curriculum Supervisor

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Praise for Barry's Workshops

Barry Lane is one of the finest speakers on the teaching of writing. His combination of warmth, insight and energy is magical. My colleagues and I left our day with Barry with full hearts and high spirits, ready to bring new strategies and new energy into our writing workshops.

Lucy Calkins

 


Rigor without Mortis:  STAAR writing for Texas Teachers grade 4 - 12

  • Create kid tested, classroom proven strategies which raise STAAR test scores
  • Understand simple craft techniques to improve expository writing in all its different STAAR modes for all tested grade levels, including argument, research and informational.
  • Learn to mine themes and insight from literature and life.
  • Teach  Essay structure without mindless formulas which flatten out writing.
  • Bridge effortlessly from narrative structures to expository writing.
  • Master the 26 line format from 4, 7, 9 and 10th grade STAAR responses.
  • Design a question culture which brings writing to life.

What Texas Teachers of all grade levels  are Saying about this workshop!  

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Expository Writing with Voice, or

How to Excel at the New Test
.... without Losing Your Voice

 

Since the adoption of the Common Core Standards many states are testing proficiency in expository writing.
How do we help students to succeed at these tests without losing our focus on how to teach writing in an authentic way?

This workshop will give you all the tools you need to help students succeed at the test while becoming better writers in the process.   

   You will learn how to:

  •         Create kid tested, classroom proven strategies which raise test scores
  •         Understand simple craft techniques to improve expository writing
  •         Learn to mine themes and insight from literature and life
  •         Teach  Essay structure without mindless formulas which flatten out writing
  •         Bridge effortlessly from narrative structures to expository writing
  •         Design a question culture which brings writing to life

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    Bring Barry Lane to Work with Your Students

    Barry does  a wide variety of workshops for students of all grade levels.  Here are some sample titles.

    1. Painless Test Prep:    How to help students excel at expository and narrative writing tests and learn to love writing in the process
    2. How to Love Revision:  Techniques in the Craft of Revision
    3. Writing and Laughing Across the Curriculum

    "WOW! Our school is still buzzing about your visit. YOU were the best we have ever had. You truly are amazing...and deserved all the outpouring of love we showed. We appreciated everything, from your professionalism, student engagement, easy style ...and flexibility during the day. "Reed" has never met anybody like you...a superstar in our eyes.."
    ~ Michelle Vaccarro ,Reed Intermediate School, Connecticut.

     


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Force Field for Good:  Teaching Kindness through Song and Literature
         For Grades K-6   Residency/Assembly

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           "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
                                                                                             ~Aristotle

Bullying is a national problem and only recently has it begun to be addressed in our public schools.  Though anti-bullying programs can be effective, they often ignore the types of acceptable bullying that occur in society at lodge.  This program explores the source of bullying and gives students tools to understand it and control it in their own lives.  Using positive concepts and songs like Know Your Higher Self and Now is the New DayBarry Lane shows students how to navigate bullying situations and integrate that knowledge into a deeper sense of who they are in society.  Students learn these ideas through writing poetry, essays and songs. Because this program is both Language Arts and Mental Health in nature, it qualifies for funding in both areas.

 

"My students adore Barry's songs and interpreted them in deeper ways than I ever imagined!  Being our "higher self" is part of who we are as class community."

                              ~Colleen Stark, 2nd gradeteacher


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Putting Voice and Passion in Non-Fiction Writing

There are no boring subjects, only boring writers. ~ Barry Lane

Teaching non-fiction writing with voice is a challenge. Assigned research reports often turn out sounding as though they were written by the famous author from his/her CD Rom, and the students' own voices are disguised beneath layers of objective information they have dutifully unearthed. Likewise, assigned position papers consist of arguments that sound more like grocery lists than impassioned, logical inquiries. Many books and seminars on non-fiction writing teach rigid formulas for success at such assignments but few address the real problem: how to help our students find their own unique voices when writing about subjects outside of themselves. This session, based on Barry's book (with Gretchen Bernabei), Why We Must Run With Scissors, will show you techniques for helping students grades 3-12 discover their own voices and craft them into eloquent, smart, funny, sad, audacious, papers that reach the hearts and minds of their readers.



Revision: How to Teach it, Learn it, Love it!

"They love to write, but how do I get them to love revision?"

Revision is an ongoing, creative process, not simply the act of correcting a rough draft. Yet, many students groan or go limp at the prospect for revising their work. This idea-packed session, based on Barry Lane's 2 books, After THE END and Revisers Toolbox, will send you back to the classroom with scores of practical techniques and exercises to show students how to love revision as much as professional writers do. Teachers of all grade levels will leave inspired by Barry Lane's stories and songs and practical tips.


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Writing and Laughing Across the Curriculum

Humor is truth, only quicker. ~ Gilda Radner

What is humor and how can teachers of all subjects and all grade levels use it to engage students and improve performance in reading and writing. In this session, Barry Lane, author of 51 Wacky We-search Reports, will reveal at least 3 basic truths about humor and many practical tips of how to use it in the classroom. So stop laughing and pay attention.


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The Art of Wacky We-search:  Face the Facts with Fun   Grades 2-12

Who says research reports have to be dry and boring?   Trade in the dump truck essay for something far more meaningful and fun and meet the State Standards in the process. Based on Barry's best-selling non-fiction children's book , 51 Wacky We-search Reports,  this  session will give you scores of ideas for transforming research writing assignments in your class.

 
 

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Hooked on Meaning:
Best  Tips for Succeeding at, and not Succumbing to Writing Tests 

Prompted Writing tests are a painful reality in today's schools.   How do we teach students to succeed at these inauthentic assignments and learn something about the craft of writing at the same time?  How do we avoid the textbook formulas that kill students voices and have fun with writing tests?  Based on ideas from his new DVD/VHS program  Hooked on Meaning, Barry Lane will show you his best tricks for helping all students succeed with prompted tests.


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Growing Stories from Characters

The best stories grow from a character's troubles and dreams, not the plot. This session teaches a well tested series of activities that lead young writers to explore character before they have written one word on the page.


Discovering the Writer and the Writing Teacher Within:
a Four Day Retreat for Teachers (K-12)

This four day, intensive writing course is aimed at creating teachers who teach writing from a writer's perspective. Based on Barry Lane's books, Discovering the Writer Within, Reviser’s Toolbox, The Healing Pen and But How Do You Teach Writing? The goal of this training is to help teachers become confident writers who can share the craft with their students.

The first three days of the seminar will take teachers through the entire writing process and will reveal the basics of setting up a writing workshop for any grade level. The fourth day shows teachers how to apply what they have learned, as writers, to their particular classrooms.

Along with being an inspiring introduction to a choice-based writing program, this workshop is also a great community builder. By the end of four days of writing, sharing and discussing, teachers have created a professional learning community that can be taken back into the school or district. This program can also be extended or shortened depending on the need.


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Barry Lane’s Literacy Cabaret:

An Inspiring, Satirical, Show of Singing, Dancing and
Clean, Comic Fun that Celebrates Teachers

“Barry Lane is the Jimmy Buffet of Educators!
 His lyrics, music, and ad libs represent our classroom lives.”

           
~Colleen Kazor, 2nd grade teacher, Michigan

These are difficult times for teachers.  There are serious issues in educational accountability and instruction raised by the new Common Core Standards. There are one-size-fits-all  bubble tests that rank teachers.  There are  politico-pundits who blame teachers for all the problems of public education. Time to forget about all that, let your hair down, and concentrate on what's real.  Time to DANCE, LAUGH, SING.

    After years of doing stand-up and parody karaoke singing as part of his academic presentations, Barry Lane has put together a genuine  interactive, improvisational, night club act for teachers. You will sing, you will dance and you will learn to  laugh at yourself and the  crazy world around you.  You may also begin to realize once again, that you have the most important job in the world.

(note: all songs are posted for free  at barrylane55 on Soundcloud.com so you can bring the show back to your school)


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“It was an exhilarating night of fun and fancy celebrating teachers and kids. Fasten your lanyard and prepare yourself for an interactive show that will leave you energized!"   

            ~Barbi Johnston, 4th Grade Teacher, Oxford, Michigan

“Barry Lane's Literacy Cabaret is just what "teacher souls" need. Barry provided us with laughter, food for thought, zaniness, and a great opportunity to be just plain silly. When you see every person in the audience on their feet and joining in, it's a sure sign that something is working!”

            ~Sue Biggam, Associate Director,  VT Reads Institute, University of Vermont

“Barry Lane - Entertainer! Performer! Lead singer! Dancer! -  realistically portrays America’s classrooms using humor and music. (He) involves the audience in a rowdy, enjoyable evening of clean, night club entertainment. Hear Barry like you have never heard Barry before!!! Sing, dance, and LAUGH! A fantastic evening!” 

            ~Lucinda Mitchell, 6th grade teacher, North Branch Michigan

"Your Literacy Cabaret provided the perfect musical celebration as we ended our two day event. Since the conference theme was "Tune In to Reading" it was a perfect match. Your selections made us think, giggle, and appreciate our wonderful teaching profession even as we work through good times and bad. Making connections with music truly provides memories that last a lifetime.

     ~Wendy Hammrich, President, Iowa Reading Council
 

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