Talk for Writing Refresher Day

Friday 27 March 2020 9:00AM - 3:30PM

This workshop acts as a refresher to the initial two-day Talk for Writing workshop aimed at addressing the latest updates in practise and offers a complete overview of the Talk for Writing approach. The workshop addresses the use of Talk for Writing for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:

  • The “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application/Invention – 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;
  • 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;
  • Examples of co-constructing the process step by step in an explicit instruction format;
  • Providing effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development, and;
  • Accurate assessment of writing, in order to track student progress and guide teaching goals.This workshop is suitable for primary school teachers. We also offer a Talk for Writing Early Years workshop for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers.
  • Please note: prior attendance at the two-day Talk for Writing workshop is a pre-requisite for attendees

Presenter: Brooke Gray

Brooke is a primary school teacher and DSF Talk for Writing trainer.  She has worked as a Phase of Learning Leader for Early Childhood and Middle Primary, and she is currently a school-base and network English Curriculum Leader.  Brooke is committed to using evidence-base approaches to improve educational outcomes for all students.  This includes Talk for Writing, which she has used in her classroom for several years and Brooke now leads the implementation of the approach across her school.  She is passionate about the TfW approach after seeing the incredible gains students in her classroom make across all levels of attainment.

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