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Comparative Judgement: The Sharing Standards Experience – Teaching Opinions. Those who read my 2016 blog on CJ will know how interested I am in using CJ to improve our assessment in writing.

Comparative Judgement: The Sharing Standards Experience – Teaching Opinions

Like other schools, we took part in the KS2 ‘Sharing Standards’ project. We were really pleased to be in a project where schools across the UK shared their Year 6 writing and have high hopes that it will be a vehicle for driving assessment strategies forward. The difference to our first two internal writing assessments we have made using CJ was that we only assessed 30 children. However, the 30 children assessed had a portfolio (3 different pieces of writing in genre and form) to compare against. Whilst I understand the principle behind the thinking (a range of writing needs to be compared, not just one), for us it didn’t work as well. Apples and Oranges The first issue was that we weren’t comparing like for like.

Rather than: Free Materials. Adding Detail to Improve Essays by @guruteaching - UKEdChat.com. SAGE Journals: Your gateway to world-class journal research. TREE Individual Lessons. Working with Individual Students Here, you can access the lesson plans for teaching self-regulation and persuasive writing strategies to early elementary grade students.

TREE Individual Lessons

Analysis – Short-burst writing in the Talk for Writing sequence – Talk for Writing. Maria Richards, Talk for Writing Trainer There are so many things I have learned about teaching writing well.

Analysis – Short-burst writing in the Talk for Writing sequence – Talk for Writing

There is the use of a blueprint model, matched to the learning needs of children; there is the place of quality literature to feed children’s knowledge of shaping writing; there is the understanding of the writing elements that create a toolkit for a particular aspect of narrative – to name but a few. Case Study – Feeling the impact – Talk for Writing. Maurice Leahy, teacher at Carlton Hill Primary School in Brighton, studied one child’s writing over a year to see the impact that Talk for Writing made.

Case Study – Feeling the impact – Talk for Writing

At the beginning of the 2015 academic year, Carlton Hill began the two year process of embedding Talk for Writing throughout the school. This journey involved training on three INSET days (one involving the entire school team); 6 days training for project leads (teachers in YR, Y4 and the assistant headteacher); and 6 staff meetings led by the project lead team. At the beginning of the second year of the process (Sept 2016), many teachers were talking enthusiastically about the quality of the writing at the start of the term, and were impressed by the variety of writing skills that children had brought forward into the new school year.

Page 1: Understanding Difficulties with Written Expression. Writing is a complex process that requires students to attend to multiple elements while also monitoring their performance.

Page 1: Understanding Difficulties with Written Expression

Students need to learn not only to pay attention to the rules and mechanics of writing but also to develop effective and efficient composition skills. Negotiating and coordinating basic skills, knowledge, form, purpose, attention to an intended audience, and the rules of written language can prove difficult even for skilled writers. The table below highlights some of the major differences between struggling writers (including students with learning disabilities) and successful ones. Teaching Tip For Jumpstarting Student Discussions And Writing.

SRSD Overview. The professional learning 2 day course offered at thinkSRSD overviews how Self-regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is a six-stage gradual release model of instruction for supporting writing process instruction.

SRSD Overview

When used to teach writing, this approach supports students in developing the skills, strategies and self-regulation capacities that expert writers possess. “The process approach to writing places the learner and the learner’s needs at the center of interactive learning among teachers and students. Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process. By: Karen R.

Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process

Harris, Tanya Schmidt, and Steven Graham Few people-either children or adults-would describe writing as a very easy process that they complete without much effort. Writing is a highly complex and demanding process. While negotiating the rules and mechanics of writing, the writer must maintain a focus on factors such as organization, form and features, purposes and goals, audience needs and perspectives, and evaluation of the communication between author and reader. Self-regulation of the writing process is critical; the writer must be goal-oriented, resourceful, and reflective. I am Tim Peake! – Hawk Class 2015-2016. Dear Team Hawk, As part of our Space topic, Year 5 have been getting into character as the inspirational British astronaut, Tim Peake.

I am Tim Peake! – Hawk Class 2015-2016

We have written a small letter home to ‘our’ wife Rebecca (which is the actual name of Tim’s wife) telling her what it was like to take off in the Soyuz rocket, experience the thrilling views, and dock the craft onto the ISS (International Space Station.) Foundation Stage Park » Blog Archive » Pencil Control. My #PrimaryRocks Live presentation - Part 4 - Writing by Tim Roach. Daily writing practice is essential.

My #PrimaryRocks Live presentation - Part 4 - Writing by Tim Roach

Bird on the Steeple: Big Rant about Big Writing. This article has been updated since I wrote it after Ros Wilson contacted me via Twitter, I am editing the post to incorporate her comments and will state again that these are my personal views.

Bird on the Steeple: Big Rant about Big Writing

The green text indicates changes I have made. The grounded opinions I express are simply that. Plan a Better iMovie Trailer with These PDFs. Here are a few trailers made by teachers and students. Next to each one is the iMovie trailer template it uses. My Dream Destination - Italy uses the Expedition template.Verbs uses the Superhero template.Properties of Ionic Compounds uses the Adrenaline template.The Giver Book Trailer uses the Adrenaline template.Project-Based Learning uses the Swashbuckler template.Stylus Status uses the Retro template. Because trailers are so short, the information you convey has to be concise. iMovie’s templates do not leave much room for text.

The Color Thesaurus - Ingrid Sundberg. Update: Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your support of my color thesaurus. I’ve gotten tons of wonderful emails from writers, designers, and educators who all love the thesaurus and want one in their own home. After so many requests, I’m excited to announce I’m currently working on a poster version of the color thesaurus. Woot! Using Self-Regulation to Improve Writing. The project The project aimed to use memorable experiences and an approach called ‘Self-Regulated Strategy Development’ (SRSD) to help struggling writers in Years 6 and 7. SRSD provides a clear structure to help pupils plan, monitor and evaluate their writing. It aims to encourage pupils to take ownership of their work and can be used to teach most genres of writing, including narrative writing. Memorable experiences, such as trips to local landmarks or visits from World War II veterans, were used as a focus for writing lessons.

In this evaluation 23 primary schools and their Year 6 teachers in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire were randomly allocated to receive training, from an external consultant, in the SRSD approach. Free Materials. Fairlawn-Literacy-Curriculum-2015-16-2.-WRITING.pdf. Simple Ways to Assess the Writing Skills of Students with Learning Disabilities. A teacher's first responsibility is to provide opportunities for writing and encouragement for students who attempt to write. A teacher's second responsibility is to promote students' success in writing. The teacher does this by carefully monitoring students' writing to assess strengths and weaknesses, teaching specific skills and strategies in response to student needs, and giving careful feedback that will reinforce newly learned skills and correct recurring problems. These responsibilities reveal, upon inspection, that assessment is clearly an integral part of good instruction. In their review of the existing research on effective instruction Christenson, Ysseldyke, and Thurlow (1989) found that, in addition to other factors, the following conditions were positively correlated to pupil achievement: Assessment, therefore, is an essential component of effective instruction.

Kassim and the Greedy Pirate's Treasure. Kassim and the Greedy Pirate’s Treasure. Once upon a time there was a poor boy called Kassim who lived on a Pirate Ship, known as ‘The Dirty Dog’. Unfortunately, the Captain was the greediest pirate that sailed the seven seas. Every day, they sailed and they sailed and they sailed. Talk for Writing – Case Study: Aylesbury Aspire Project. Last year, Talk for Writing trainers Julia Strong and Maria Richards were approached by the Aspire group of schools in Aylesbury to train the staff of 6 primary schools plus some secondary colleagues. Thematic. Text-types-2014-2015.pdf. Writing-Curriculum-20141.pdf. Performance descriptors risk undermining the benefits of teacher assessment.

March2015_steps-to-success-highland-literacy-progression-final. My first attempt at Practitioner Inquiry by Liane Pitcher-Leigh. Some time ago I sat in my classroom, trying to work out why I was feeling so discontented. I work in an Outstanding School; for what it's worth (not much, to my mind) I have regularly been described (and graded) as an Outstanding practitioner. But I wasn't feeling outstanding: far from it, in fact. At that time (sadly no longer) I had a colleague who I respected enormously and with whom I worked closely, so I went to see him for some advice.

His real strength as a coach lay in his ability to help me to reframe my thoughts so that I reached a point of clarity. I was really hoping that he would, yet again, prove his worth! We started by trying to identify what I was feeling so uneasy about. Twine – A interactive tool for telling stories. Did you ever read those fantasy game books as a child? Growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s I have to admit it was a bit of a craze among boys in my school.

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Talk for Writing – Document: Alien invasion case study and resources. Ipads and epic citadel lmyl. Story boxes. Page. How to improve marking in primary schools. Improvements in children’s writing will be proportionate to the quality of feedback and discussion in your classroom – ticking books doesn’t help anyone, says Pie Corbett... The Sainsburys Christmas Advert. Christmas approaching, cue inspiring projects to hook the pupils. Free Pie Corbett Teaching Resources - Teachers. Formative assessment in literacy. I was visiting a school years ago and noticed in a child’s book the following sentence, ‘The clouds crawled through the sky’.

The teacher had crossed out the word ‘crawled’ and written, ‘clouds do not crawl – use the right word’! No amount of formative assessment will ever help children if the teacher is uncertain about what constitutes effective writing. In this country, many children have personalised targets, lesson objectives, success criteria, ‘even better if’ comments – it’s no wonder they get confused. What matters most is that the teacher and children work towards building an understanding about what makes effective writing. This is mainly achieved by reading, savouring and discussing high quality stories, poems and non-fiction. All Things New. Improving non-fiction writing at KS2. (v) WORD LEVEL FEATURES (VOCABULARY, SPELLING)VOCABULARY · use of temporal connectives - e.g. next, after etc · use of causal connectives - e.g. therefore, because, as a result of, consequently etc · use of appropriate action verbs - e.g. take, place etcSPELLING · Firstly, secondly etc · Subject specific words (See Activity One) · Consequently, therefore, because etc (vi) TEACHERS' NOTES and ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONSNOTESThere are many similarities between explanations and instructions.

Although these similarities exist, one important distinction is that an explanation describes either how something happens or how something works. Consequently explanations are usually retrospective: they describe how something, which has already happened, occured. Effective characters. Mr P's ICT blog - Tech to raise standards!: Examples of some of my ideas in practice. Critical reading. Extended writing in primary school. Primary School Library Furniture & Literacy Resources - BookSpace for Schools. The Literacy Shed - The Literacy Shed Home. A Tale Unfolds. Successful Peer-Editing. Story Starters- Anchor Chart & Printable.