Tuesday, Sep 11 8:00 pm EDT

Employing punctuation formulas to develop and reinforce students’ grammar skills

With Sophia Faridi

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Sophia Faridi currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English and Journalism at J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as an M.Ed. in Educational ... Full Bio



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On September 11th and 18th, I’ll be sharing something that really makes a difference in the way my students think about and apply the rules of grammar. Instead of asking students to understand abstract grammatical concepts, I teach them to use “punctuation formulas” that help them apply math-based concepts to grammar. This strategy immediately enables my students to better elevate their writing. Instead of trying to understand abstract grammatical concepts, they can easily apply solid foundational formulas to their efforts–just like they do in math.

I introduce a series of punctuation formulas, presenting each formula one at a time as part of a larger lesson. I don’t teach all the formulas in a block, but spread them out in relation to other things that we are learning. Each time, my students and I practice a new formula together and my students then apply what they’ve learned to a variety of activities. I introduce formal and informal assessments throughout the process, and students’ work with each formula culminates in a writing assessment where I expect to see compound and complex sentence structures punctuated correctly.

Immediately after they incorporate these formulas my students’ writing improves. Years after students have taken my class, they come back to tell me that they remember the formulas and still use them to elevate the level of their writing.

On September 11th, I’ll introduce this approach in a free, one-hour workshop that gives you the information you need to begin to think about introducing punctuation formulas to your students. You’ll have a chance to reflect about what I’ve presented and to begin to personalize the resources and practices that I know first-hand work well for students for your own classroom. Then, our group will meet again on September 18th to share ideas and to help fine-tune everyone’s approach to this new strategy.

Register for this TeachingPartners Live Workshop now, and TeachingPartners will immediately send you an appointment you can drop right in your online calendar. You’ll also get a reminder closer to September 11th to make sure you’re ready.

As part of this Workshop:

Explore Videos of Practice

Learn on your own schedule, previewing videos that introduce and demonstrate this teacher-developed strategy. Then get ready to take part in live online workshops and to learn first-hand how you can personalize this instructional approach for your own classroom.

Get Support from a Working Group

Develop your professional practice together with other teachers. Be part of an ongoing working group of engaged colleagues committed to immediately improving outcomes for their students. Make connections and share what you know with new friends or long-time colleagues.

Attend Live Video Workshops

Get the practical guidance you need to immediately implement this strategy. Take part in two live workshops and learn first-hand all you need to begin sharing this strategy with your students.


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