I recently asked a group of teachers about their experience writing content for the classroom.
62% said that their confidence level when writing texts for the classroom was less than 3 out of 5.
65% said that it takes them over an hour to write each text.
Whatever path your school is following for writing, your staff will have times when they need to create their own engaging content that extends and engages their children. Unless teachers are confident writers themselves, this can be a daunting task. If texts aren’t written at the correct reading level, the impact on comprehension and engagement with the writing process can be impacted.
Sessions based on my upcoming book “Write it. Level it. Teach it.” will give your staff the confidence and skills to create tailored content easily and, more importantly, quickly. Call time on teachers taking up their entire Sunday trying to write a model text – I can help cut that down dramatically.
Even if a text contains all of the criteria you are aiming to teach, if it isn’t pitched at the correct reading level, the children won’t be able to access it. I cover the use of the main reading level systems to help ensure texts are pitched at an appropriate level, and how this can be used to ensure quick and easy engagement for your class. There are also knock-on effects for peer- and self-editing and we will discuss how this can be improved as well.
We will discuss and evaluate popular classroom texts and look at what gaps might be being created in your children’s reading diet and how you can start to eradicate these with carefully crafted texts.
If you are a subject or school leader, my text vault concept will give you the confidence that your staff have access to the tools they need to deliver a consistent approach to teacher-created content whilst reducing their workload.
To find out how this training can benefit your school, get in touch via email and we will discuss your needs. You can even make it more cost-effective by tying it in with an author led creative writing session on the same day or joining up with other local schools.
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