Writing Discourse PD 2012


Calendar of events




Marni's Resources from Literacy Leaders Day - May 11th














Resources from the first Science Teachers' Day - May 21


We started with the inquiry learning cycle - with a focus on the questions "what are the learning needs of teachers?"

inquiry_cycle.jpg.part
Then we analysed this assessment task for the literacy requirements of our learners


After that we looked at the differing literacy levels in excellence, merit and achieved exemplars



All this led us to designing our own graphic organiser to support students in collecting, analysing and writing up reports for this standard

    • This graphic organiser needs further work and adjustment for your students!

Some other resources that we got during the day:




Social Science Literacy Day One Resources

Staff PD Literacy Tutorials

The Lee & Spratley and Shanahan & Shanahan readings explain the concept of academic literacy and offer guidance on how this looks in the classroom:




Ken then provided us with his planning for leading staff PD using the two readings as well as the Effective Literacy Strategies Y9-13 book (that brown spiral bound book). Please feel free to use his planning but do reference his intellectual copyright.








An extra reading from New Zealand's leading adolescent literacy researchers MacDonald & Thornley:


Social Constructivism

The most effective way to teach literacy skills is by working within Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development; the area of potential for accelerated learning that is positioned between what a student can do independently and what they can't do even with expert help; it is defined by adult/expert/teacher hand holding/scaffolding to nurture the student's developing reading skills. An important aspect of the ZPD is that it works on the idea of social constructivism - what this means is that meaning is built as a result of conversations between teachers and students. Here
are some readings to further your understanding:



And some PD planning from Ken to help you guide your staff through the idea:



The Evolving Identity of Teachers

Finally, we began to talk about how political factors have influenced the identify and role of teachers. Makes for some interesting reading especially in the face of NCEA and National Standards.









And some more planning from Ken, if you wish to use these readings for staff PD:







Of Special Interest to English Teachers


A look at teaching boys poetry:



Social Science Day September 18th 2012


The Shanahan & Shanahan reading we worked with is included above.

The exemplar text we worked with:


Some notes that outline the day:



And video (thanks Vicki!):