The workshop addresses the use of Talk for Writing in a primary school setting, for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:
· Planning, both at the classroom level and at the whole school level, with a focus on the instructional needs of students;
· 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;
· The provision of effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development;
· Targeted assessment of writing, in order to track students’ progress and guide teaching goals; and
· The 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.
Peta is an educational and developmental psychologist, a qualified teacher and an experienced DSF Talk for Writing trainer. She has been closely involved in the development of all Australian Talk for Writing workshops, at both primary and secondary level, and has benefitted from the invaluable support and expertise of Talk for Writing author, Pie Corbett, and Talk for Writing consultants, Dean Thompson and Maria Richards. Peta also trains tutors and speech pathologists in the use of the Talk for Writing approach in individual and small-group tuition for students of all ages who are experiencing literacy learning difficulties.