The Writing Project course is applicable to Foundation, Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase teachers from Grade 1 - Grade 9.
Teachers attending the Writing Project should attend all the dates during the school holiday as follows:
- Start: 22 – 26 June 2020
- Conclusion, excursion & certification: 21 September 2020
The Writing Project recognises that experienced teachers are the best teachers to teach other teachers and believes that the key to educational reform and change should start with the teacher. Teachers should be researchers, readers, leaders and writers.
The focus of the Writing Project is to improve the writing and learning methodologies of Foundation Phase, Intermediate and Senior Phase teachers. The writing approach will be emphasised whereby the teacher’s own writing efforts will go through the writing approach cycle. The main goal is to instil a love for writing in teachers. Teachers will be empowered with skills and knowledge to improve their own writing and to apply the same techniques in their classrooms to improve their learners’ writing. Writing using technology and the use of prompts to stimulate writing will be explored. Teachers will read extensively and do research on writing and the assessment of writing. A special fieldtrip will be arranged where teachers will explore writing in a different environment off campus and apply the techniques taught during the Writing Project. Teachers will be motivated to write and be inspired to create a writing environment in their classroom. A range of teaching and learning strategies will be provided so that no learner will be excluded. Ideas on how to start a Writing Project for learners at your school will be explored.
The Writing Project will be presented in English but the techniques can be applied to any language.
It will be required of teachers to participate in the following activities during the Writing Project:
- Reading Research: 6 + 1 Traits of Writing—Ruth Culham.
- Share writing drafts during Authors Chair.
- Complete individual writing pieces.
- Publish complete writing pieces in the Institute Anthology.
- Exploring a variety of genres or forms.
- Keep a daily log on a rotating basis. The log captures the events and spirit of the day.
- Participate in a fieldtrip.
- Participate in activities applicable to the Foundation and Intermediate and Senior Phase classroom.
- Explore different techniques for writing and use live experience for writing.
- Scaffolding writing for learners.
- Use the five senses for writing.
- Explore technology for writing.
- Create their own free web page.
- Share online tools for teachers and their classrooms.