I love visiting schools. Working with students is always inspirational. I return home motivated to write more and better because I see the impact of my books. Besides, children are at the center of everything I do professionally.
Working with teachers renews my faith in the educational system. They are constantly reaching out for stronger strategies to teach writing. They know that students have much to say, but they want more tools to help them say it.
If you are interested in scheduling any of these visits, please contact Lola.
You can now meet with Lola through SKYPE.
Professional Development! Classroom Discussions! Book Readings with Q & A!
Discuss: narratives, nonfiction, beginnings and endings, great leads, powerful conclusions, craft mini-lessons, writing ideas and focus
Lola is more than happy to design 30 or 60 minute interactions that meet your needs. To chat about pricing and content, contact Lola by clicking here.
“From the moment we connected over Skype we were all engaged in the session. Mrs. Schaefer’s passion for reading, writing, and her affection for the students was captivating. The subject matter for our session was the nonfiction book ARROWHAWK. She shared the factual knowledge and the journey of Arrowhawk like a narrative, all the while encouraging student participation. We can’t wait to invite Mrs. Schaefer back to our school!
- Laurie Pitcher, Independence Public School District, Missouri
It was awesome! I was really impressed with how you had their attention right from the beginning. The lesson you taught was very valuable. I’m sure the students will not forget the information anytime soon.
- Lana Meyers, Grade 5/6
Coronation Park Community School, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
That was the most wonderful Skype Education session! Your vibrancy and passion for writing was obvious, it truly rubbed off on the kids who were glowing with excitement for the rest of the morning.
- Brett Herskope, Grade 3 Teacher
Huntingdale Bilingual Primary School, Melbourne, Australia
I speak with students, writer–to-writer, celebrating authorship of their very own books. During these full day visits, I am more than happy to work with children of all grades, K-8.
During an author visit I offer 3-5 one hour programs to students, sign books and lunch with 8-10 students who have a special interest in writing.
Author in Residence
I work with smaller groups of children, discussing ideas, sharing strategies, writing side-by-side, demonstrating revision. Author-in-residence visits are typically 2-5 days.
Often I am asked to come to schools and offer classroom demonstration writing lessons. During these 2-4 day sessions, I model thinking and writing in front of the students and they all create an original piece of writing at their desks. We work through idea, focus, pre-writing, draft, and sometimes revision. I embed several mini-lessons in my modeling. We stop and celebrate one another’s successes during the process. After the demonstration lesson, I meet with the teachers to discuss their observations and next steps.
Writing instruction centers around two tools – genre and craft (the traits of writing). Teachers are anxious to add more successful strategies to teach these tools. I offer full day, or multiple days, workshops on genre, craft, or the scope and sequence of effective writing instruction.
Here are program titles and abstracts for your consideration. If none of these meet your needs, I will be more than happy to customize a presentation for your staff.
Craft Mini-Lessons: Short, Focused, Powerful
Mini-lessons are one of the ways in which we teach writing. They are seeds – small examples – of how to use word choice, focus, elaboration, organization or voice to create stronger meaning. Learn how to offer highly focused literature-based, demonstration or interactive mini-lessons so your students understand and enjoy the craft of writing.
Narrative Nonfiction: How Students Can Write Informational Pieces that Capture Their Interest and an Audience’s Heart
Learn how to excite students about writing what they know in science, social studies or math. Say goodbye to boring reports that encourage plagiarism and formulaic writing. Examine narrative formats that combine accurate information with narrative features. Specific formats will be shown with pre-writing organizational tools that bring about student success.
Writing Instruction that Works: Teaching Writing through Modeling and Celebration
What does writing time look like in a typical elementary or middle school classroom? Learn the necessary components from mini-lessons through conferencing that encourage students to take risks, assume responsibility and enjoy revision and editing.
Conferences and Literary Events
I am a frequent presenter at conferences and literary events. I am happy to offer a keynote, as well as two one hour workshops and a signing.