Writers for Life – Teaching Writing K-6

Overview

Learning to write is a life skill. All students need to understand and produce texts for a variety of audiences and purposes and in a variety of mediums ranging from pen and paper to multimodal texts. This course examines the NSW English syllabus and how teachers can teach students to write in engaging, purposeful and relevant ways. The key processes of responding and composing will be addressed. Teachers will gain an understanding of how to connect purpose and audience with text structures and language features. The value of using choice, creativity and flexibility in writing in order to build independent skills throughout each stage will be a focus.

Participants will explore what makes an effective piece of writing and how to develop writing sophistication across years K-6.

Accreditation

Completing a Writers for Life - Teaching Writing K-6 course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 2.2.2, 2.5.2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6 who wish to develop a community of writers in their classrooms. Participants will explore how to teach writing effectively in years K-6 so that students are confident, independent writers across a range of purposes.

Delivery

This course will be delivered in workshop mode with three plenary sessions and opportunities for participants to engage in discussion and practical activities throughout the day.

Opportunities for participants to reflect on their learning have been built into the course structure.