Talk for Writing has transformed the quality of my teaching and their learning.
Julia Strong Nick Batty T Julia outlines the type of training she provides below. Talk for Writing across the secondary curriculum The training I offer uses the Talk for Writing approach to help teachers to support students in becoming powerful communicators across the curriculum; it builds on the very successful and now very wide spread primary approach.
I have been focusing on this area for many years now and what I have found is that if a school really wants to improve literacy standards this involves adapting the way that teachers teach their subject to ensure that the students can talk confidently about whatever subject they are being taught about prior to being expected to write about it.
The approach also improves reading because it involves analysing exemplar text, widening understanding through wider reading and re-reading writing to understand how it can be improved. Obviously changing practice cannot be done overnight and the approach can only be developed through practice rather than through policy — the policy being based on the best of the practice.
The actual training is very interactive. It includes introducing the Talk-for-Writing approach and then taking teachers through the five steps below for amending units so that they experience the sort of activities the students would experience: Creating the right exemplar text B.
Warming up the words C. Warming up the phrases D. Internalising the pattern of the text E. Consolidating learning I use examples from every curriculum area so all teachers can see how the approach applies to them.
The afternoon session of a training day is usually a workshop session that allows teachers to start working out how they would adapt a unit of work in the light of what they have heard in the morning session. There are two approaches that I have found work well; one based on first focusing on a group of teacher enthusiasts, and the other beginning with the whole staff.
The group can then start to spread the approach in their areas once they have developed it in their own classrooms.
This approach works best when there is a second training day for the team with enough space in between the days to allow the teachers to put ideas into practice. The second approach begins with training the whole staff. This can then be followed up either by a group of enthusiasts who could then receive further support in how to take the ideas forward or by a member of senior management who can lead the development of the approach within the school.
Either approach works if it is followed through appropriately. In addition, I provide training for local authorities, often including primary as well as secondary delegates.
In which case, there is an additional focus on primary secondary transfer as well as the usual focus on showing secondary colleagues what high standards of literacy teaching primary colleagues can achieve.
I also provide training for English departments, which wherever possible is strengthened by including teachers from local primary schools, as well as training for specific curriculum areas, for example, science or maths.
Secondary Training Projects Training is much more effective if it is not of the one-off variety but is followed up by at least a second training day say three months later to allow people the time to trial the ideas and then consolidate their thinking in the follow-up session.
Julia offers a variety of project training in Talk for Writing, including training for all-through schools that cover both the primary and secondary stages. The project is adapted to meet the needs of the school and schools can negotiate variations on the structures below.
For example, a project team could be trained so that they deliver the whole school training themselves. A typical short project for a secondary school would consist of: Project team training day with a small project team including a range of curriculum areas and led by a senior manager.
The day would include an interactive introduction to the Talk for Writing process and how it can be developed to include all curriculum areas so that it becomes an effective way of achieving a meaningful approach to literacy across the curriculum which raises attainment.
By the end of the day, all members should be in a position to trial the approach within their subject. This day is normally timetabled three months prior to the whole-staff training day. English department training day to provide in-depth training for English teachers in the approach covering a wide range of text types as well as poetry, with a focus on building in progression so that students develop powerful transferrable communication skills.The Talk 4 Writing approach moves from oral to written language and is highly engaging.
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[email protected] Julia Strong offers Talk for Writing training to support literacy across the curriculum in the secondary sector .
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