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.
This workshop is specifically for student teachers, speech pathologists and psychologists nearing the end of their training. In order to ensure the cost is as affordable as possible, we are reducing the fees by 50%. A current student ID is required at time of registration. The course is not catered so please BYO lunch.
Presenter: Wes Cutajar
Wes is a DSF Talk for Writing trainer and primary school teacher. He is committed to using research and evidence-based approaches to improve academic outcomes for all students. Wes has worked in both specialist and classroom teacher roles from K-6, and has experience in technology-focused school contexts. Prior to joining the DSF Talk for Writing team, he worked effectively as part of School Leadership teams and as a curriculum coach improving teacher practice.
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.