Laurie Wallmark, an award-winning author, has been teaching for many years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of both STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and writing with children and adults. She offers several hands-on, interactive workshops that can be tailored to any age or size group.
"I still think about the questions you asked."
--fourth grade student
A common grade school assignment is to write a biography. Your students need to make two decisions before beginning. First, who should they write about? There are so many choices. How do they narrow it down to just one person? Then, after knowing the subject, your students have to find a focus for the biography. A cradle-to-grave biography is traditional, but there are other options. Laurie will also discuss how to research a biography.
The tips and suggestions in this workshop will give your students the tools they need to write a biography they will be proud of.
"I like how you were inspired to write about female change makers."
--seventh grade student
Just like superheroes, all books have an origin story. How do authors come up with ideas for their stories? What makes them choose one topic over another? How do they decide the type of book to write--fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, picture book or novel? Using her own writing journey as an example, Laurie will guide your students in finding a story to tell.
This highly-interactive workshop will leave your students eager to write about their own story ideas.
"I liked your comparison between super heroes and the actual story."
--fourth grade student
BEING A WRITER
What does it take to become a professional writer? Laurie will first share the non-traditional steps she took on her own writing journey. After showing students that there are many paths to becoming a writer, Laurie will open the floor for them to ask questions about her, her books, and being a writer.
Through the give and take of this workshop, students will come to understand both the work, and more importantly the fun, involved in being a writer.
"I am certain that many young minds now feel empowered to becomes writers or scientists."
--elementary school librarian
FUN WITH MATH AND TECH
Children can't wait to participate in Laurie's interactive math- and technology-related activities. Here are a just a few of the many hands-on activities your students may have the chance to experience in this exciting workshop:
- Moving like robots (programming)
- Guessing a number (binary arithmetic)
- Sorting themselves into numerical order (algorithms)
- Finding room where there is none (infinity)
- Making one-sided paper loops (topology)
After taking part in this lively workshop, your students (and you!) will be eager to learn more about math and technology.
"My favorite part was when we all got to share our ideas."
--fourth grade student
BEGINNER'S CODING WORKSHOP
In our increasingly technological world, it's important that all children have the opportunity to learn computer science. This workshop introduces students to the logical thinking and basic programming concepts needed to understand computers. Using Blockly, an easy-to-learn graphical system, students will soon be running simple computer programs that they've written themselves.
As students progress through these fun programming challenges, they'll gain confidence in their ability to work with computers.
FREE VIRTUAL VISITS
Here's a chance for your students to meet an author at no cost to the school. Laurie can visit with your class via Skype for a FREE
15-minute visit. (limit one per school). All she asks is that you buy a copy (or more than one copy) of her books for your school library. This visit can take either of these formats:
- Students read one or more of Laurie's books before the visit. During the visit, Laurie will answer students questions about writing, her books, and/or herself.
- Laurie will do an interactive reading of one of her titles. During the reading, Laurie will invite students to answer questions she poses about the text and the illustrations.
Laurie would be delighted to autograph books for your students. Books can be ordered before her visit through your local bookstore.
for autographed bookmarks to copy and distribute to your students.
Laurie has taught adult education courses for many years. All of the above workshops are appropriate for adult groups who want to learn more about STEM and/or writing. Laurie would be happy to adapt any of them for your adult group.
Laurie enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise, both as an author and a computer science professor. From corporate seminars to teacher award luncheons, Laurie's talks are always inspirational and lively. She has spoken on topics such as:
- Nitty Gritty Marketing Tips for Writers (Most popular!)
- Encouraging Children to Enter STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
- The Writer's Journey