Becoming a Word Detective and a Writing Wizard 121BA

Monday 18 January 2021 9:00AM - 3:30PM

This full-day workshop aims to introduce teachers to the highly engaging Becoming a Word Detective and a Writing Wizard materials and processes, so that they can confidently implement the program with their students. The DSF-designed resources, suitable for use with both primary and lower secondary school aged students, draw on high-quality instructional approaches, including Talk for Writing and Word Aware, to develop students’ vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and expression skills, through the study of carefully chosen texts.  

Each Becoming a Word Detective and a Writing Wizard program comprises a teacher’s manual, student workbook and home practice book and is designed to run for 9 or 10 sessions. There are now three separate programs available. Participants attending the workshop will be guided through the process of setting instructional goals, and selecting the texts and vocabulary that will form the content of the program for students with different educational needs. A copy of the Teacher’s Manual will be provided to each attendee.

Please note: prior training in Talk for Writing is recommended but not essential 

Presenter: Brooke Purdy
Brooke is an Early Childhood educator and DSF Talk for Writing trainer.  She has worked as a Phase of Learning Leader for Junior and Upper Primary, and is currently the English Curriculum Leader. Brooke is committed to implementing evidence-based approaches to improve outcomes for all students, and uses her coaching training to support the professional growth and development of her colleagues. This includes Talk for Writing, which she has used in her classroom for several years. Brooke has led the whole school implementation of Talk for Writing at two different schools, and achieved Level Three Classroom Teacher status as a result of her leadership. She continues to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the program, so that other teachers experience the same success in their classrooms.


DSF Literacy Services has a ‘no refund’ policy. The exception would be when a Professional Learning Course had to be cancelled by the Foundation. All other requests for cancellation will be invited to re-register for another session. Late cancellation (less than 48 business hrs) will necessitate the Foundation deducting an administration fee of $25.00 and transferring the balance to another Professional Learning Course.
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