Talk for Writing: The Early Years 220AU

Tuesday 10 November 2020 9:00AM - 3:30PM

This one day workshop offers Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers an overview of Talk for Writing in the early years. Talk for Writing is an exceptionally effective instructional approach for both oral language and early writing development. The workshop provides practical opportunities for hands-on participation in the implementation of the program. This workshop covers: – The importance of oral language development in early writing emergence, including nursery rhyme and oral storytelling; – The “Three Is” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – which are the basis of the Talk for Writing approach; – Planning for units of work across the school year, including exposing students to high-quality rhymes, stories and non-fiction texts; – Providing effective scaffolding to promote the move from dependence to independence in a child’s storytelling and early writing development; – Accurate assessment in order to track student progress; – Involving families and caregivers in the storytelling process; and, – Explicit grammar teaching through sentence and story games.

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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