Grammar Instruction That Engages and Works, 4-12 (No Cost for TMI PLC Members)

Grammar Instruction That Engages and Works (4-12)

It is pretty rare to hear the word "engaging" and "grammar" in the same sentence, yet for grammar to really stick, it MUST be engaging. Grammar and writing go hand in hand. In fact, grammar is style. Come explore the many experiences that students can have with grammar that goes above and beyond workbook based methods into playful, meaningful standards-based experiences.

Teachers will create and take away:

  • Strategies and lessons for grammar usage based on student work
  • A plan for using shared reading and shared writing to practice grammar
  • Alternatives to correcting grammar when giving feedback.

Audience: This program is highly recommended for all Grade 4-12 ELA and Content Area teachers, and supervisors of instruction.

Location: Ramapo College of NJ; Trustees Pavilion 

Instructors: Patty McGee; TMI/Gravity Goldberg, LLC ELA Specialist

Patty brings a vision for creating learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power. She is passionate about supporting people where they are, coaching leaders and teachers in their schools and classrooms. It is in the moments when teachers are working collaboratively with students that Patty sees great growth, change and success.

Patty is the author of Feedback That Moves Writers Forward (Corwin 2017). Prior to her work as Literacy Consultant, she was Supervisor of Professional Learning in Literacy with the Northern Valley Curriculum Center. Experience as a  fourth grade teacher, a Library Media Specialist, and a Literacy Coach has given Patty a variety of perspectives, these are key in her ability to support and guide teachers and leaders.

Patty received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Loyola University in Maryland, an Associate School Library Media Specialist certification through Rutgers University, and her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership through Montclair State University. Patty has also studied literacy and literacy coaching through Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project and Iona College. She has received the Milken Educator Award (2002), worked as a consultant for Workman Publishing, Scholastic, and Corwin Press, and served on several committees for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Patty has also been a literacy advisor for LitSafari and the HangArt app for primary word learning.  Furthermore, she has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and presenter at the ILA, NCTE, ASCD, and Learning Forward national conferences.

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email TMI Education at info@tmieducation or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website workshop page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)


Friday, December 8, 2017 - 09:00 to 14:00
Cost per Registrant: 
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Event Location: 
Ramapo College of NJ - Mahwah, NJ
Event Category: 
K-12 General