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Writers Workshop, Tuesday 19th March 2019

For many years, teaching to a specific genre each term has been how teachers have approached their writing programmes.  How can we adapt this so that children are engaged and motivated with their writing?  The Literacy Learning Progressions state that children “understand their purpose” for writing, and “have an awareness of their audience.”  What does this look like in the classroom?

Does the following sound familiar?

Ø  It’s hard to fit in the time for a quality writing programme

Ø  The children are not engaged and motivated to write

Ø  Maori and Pasifika are achieving well below

Ø  Boys won’t write

Ø  I’m trying to write about their personal experiences, but they don’t have any personal experiences to write about

Ø  How will they know what to write about if I don’t teach genre?

Ø  I don’t have the time to mark every piece of writing

Ø  The writing results are worse than the reading results

Ø  It’s just too hard to cater to all of the different abilities in my classroom

Ø  I haven’t learnt anything new with this PD.  It has been a waste of my time

Ø  What do I do with my ELLs?


Tools4teachers are holding a “Writers Workshops” session on Tuesday 19th March 2019, from 9am - 3pm. The day will cover the following:

Ø  Oral language – what are the opportunities that are being provided for oral rehearsal?

Ø  The use of mentor text

Ø  Effective strategies that generate ideas for writing

Ø  Purposeful tasks that engage and motivate writers

Ø  Understand that audience and purpose determine the way we structure a piece of writing

Ø  Authors Circles

Be prepared to do some of your own fabulous writing!

Please bring the following:

  • The Literacy Learning Progressions

  • Effective Literacy Practice

  • A school journal or book that you enjoy using with your class

The cost for each workshop is $225 + GST per teacher.  A light morning tea and lunch will be provided.

The location is St Columba, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.  There is free parking at the back of the building.

Click here to enrol online.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact