Since joining St Christopher's I have been lucky enough to be apart of the English professional learning team. Over the last two sessions our team has had the pleasure of having Tina from SCS visit to share her wisdom. Her writing knowledge and expertise is evident in how she engages and shares her experience from her EALD background with the group.
The first session was heavily syllabus based, with the group breaking down the outcomes and taking an in depth look at each of the outcomes and their objectives. This was a challenging task. It became clear that the expectations of each stage build upon the prior knowledge of the earlier stage, especially within stage three objectives, where a lot of the writing elements are already assumed knowledge for the students to implement. This made me question, are we effectively imprinting the importance of planning to compose enough within the younger stages?
Session two was more hands on with the group focusing upon the teaching and learning cycle. I found this session with Tina extremely beneficial, it allowed me to review how I'm incorporating the T&L cycle within my class and reassure that I'm on the right track. Tina also mentioned the importance of using a variety of multimodal texts, to exposure students to the limitless opportunities to compose a range texts, not just written. Since this I used a TED talk within my Geography lesson to help students access a range of quality oral language text, that are aligned with our topic on sustainability.
A final note that stuck with me, especially during the report writing season, is to not rush students towards a finished product but to allow enough time for the students to plan, compose and review their writing to ensure they are proud of their work.
I thoroughly enjoyed the PLT writing sessions with Tina, it was extremely beneficial and I would love for Tina come back to St Christopher's for future PLT sessions to share more of her expertise.