"Many NZ schools are struggling to have common understandings and practices around the teaching of writing – evident in student results, teacher knowledge, teacher practice and the fact that the issue is still a national focus. I believe that we are making too hard a job of it and that we need to focus firmly on the phrase that ERO are currently using:
The Child: the heart of the matter"
This workshop will explore the ‘art of teaching writing’ through discussion around:
1. Our beliefs about teaching writing and how they drive what we do
2. The frequent mismatch often evident between the needs of our learners and what we provide – what makes a match?
3. How we can plan to bring relevance and authenticity to the writing programme for all our learners
4. A lesson design which caters for all learners
Gail brings her experiences as a teaching principal, a language advisor and a writer to her work. Her book I’ve Got Something to Say is a personal account of her experiences in the classroom as she learned to teach writing in a way that enabled her students to know and develop their own authorship. The popularbook is a journey-map for teachers (and parents) to assist their young writers to authorship. Gail undertakes school based professional development for leaders and teachers around effective practice in literacy. She also runs courses and seminars around the country and speaks at conferences.