On Monday night five Barker staff members shared short presentations on particular aspects of their involvement in the Barker Writing Across The School (WATS) program.
Questions from the audience revealed that parents and carers were excited to learn more about the methodology of teaching writing along with tips and tricks that the students could take away and apply to their written work.
It was clear from the evening that writing, as a part of Rhetoric (one of Barker’s four pillars of Thriving), is a generalised capability that does apply across subjects and disciplines. Along with this, the skill of writing is nuanced to particular disciplines and communication purposes. Therefore there is no one-size-fits-all technique for writing, but a combination of methods that form a student’s arsenal for writing with confidence.
The presenters provided a variety of strategies for students to improve their own writing, for improving writing through teacher feedback, and for improving writing through collaborative settings in the classroom or online. Students are encouraged to continue to seek feedback on their writing in any of their subjects from their classroom teachers.