Teaching Writing? (part 1)

I’m sitting on the back porch of a small lodge at the base of Mt Buller listening to the babbling sound of rushing water on the Delatite River. As I gaze up from this iPad I see many differing shades of green trees sprinkled with the odd yellow-leaved deciduous tree… Read more“Teaching Writing? (part 1)”

Do we teach handwriting skills to young writers – OK – when and why?

Recently I was in team meeting where teachers were discussing when to teach 5 year olds handwriting. It got me to thinking about why of my age and the old pen licences which we scrapped at least 10 years ago. In fact our 2015 foundation year booklist has black, blue, red… Read more“Do we teach handwriting skills to young writers – OK – when and why?”

Reinventing Writing is that possible?

Recently I stumbled upon the work of Vicki Davis a classroom teacher (middle or secondary I think) in the States who is working on using technology to reinvent writing. The clip above is long (20 minutes) but I think she makes some points that are applicable to higher elementary or… Read more“Reinventing Writing is that possible?”

Donald Graves: a teacher of writing and an inspiration to many.

Professor Donald Graves of New Hampshire University recently died of pneumonia at the age of 80. In the early 1980’s his research on student writing which became known as  “process writing” had a profound influence on Australian educators including me. His book proved an inspiration to me. I was frustrated at that… Read more“Donald Graves: a teacher of writing and an inspiration to many.”

Courtenay Gardens P.S. Non fiction Writing in Victoria!

Recently, a professional learning team from Elsternwick Primary,  visited a school, Courtenay Garden’s P.S. in Victoria that focused on non fiction writing implementing the research of Douglas Reeves. Courtenay Gardens P.S. ,a school located in the growth corridior of the outer south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, has 850 students. The school has students from… Read more“Courtenay Gardens P.S. Non fiction Writing in Victoria!”

A new model for “Writing” is needed in schools.

It seems writing is now more in focus than reading. Over the last 6 months I have heard and read a great deal about the power of writing and how the model needs to change in schools. I wrote about Douglas Reeves using the 90/90/90 schools research as a case… Read more“A new model for “Writing” is needed in schools.”