I have exceptionally high expectations for speakers, presenters, and workshop leaders. As we know with any other role or profession, the cream rises to the top.
At a conference last week, I attended a couple sessions led by Dr. Keith Polette from Pieces of Learning. His approach for teaching reading, writing, and grammar to all grade levels was fun, engaging, and practical. His books include specific ideas and lessons teachers can implement to make language arts tangible and meaningful.
Polette's not free, nor are his books, but if you can scrounge up some spare change, or if your school has some PD money burning a hole in their pocket, he will transform your teaching practices!