This two day workshop offers teachers an overview of the Talk for Writing approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. The workshop addresses the use of Talk for Writing for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:
- Planning, both for a unit of work, based on instructional needs of students, and at a whole-school level;
- The “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application – which are the basis of the Talk for Writing approach and which allow students to move from dependence to independence in their writing in a systematic, scaffolded way;
- Providing effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development;
- Accurate assessment of writing, in order to track student progress and guide teaching goals; and
- Development of grammatical skills, with a focus on functional application of grammar in writing, through ‘warm-up’ games selected to meet specific instructional needs of students.
This workshop is suitable for primary school teachers. We also offer a Talk for Writing Early Years workshop for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers.
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.