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SWI Starter Kit

SWI Implementation Road Map for SWI Alumni (HODs and Teacher Leader)

Reviewing and Reflecting on Current Practice

Guiding Questions:

  1. How has the SWI experience changed your understanding of teaching writing to your students?
  2. What are 3 takeaways from SWI that you want to implement in your classroom?

Suggested Actions:

  • 2 half-day sessions
  • Familiarise yourself with, and understand the EL Syllabus 2010 LOs & SSABs for Writing & Representing.
  • Refresh your understanding of the theoretical underpinnings from the resources you have read.
  • Familiarise yourself with, and understand the Writing Process Cycle.
  • Review your school writing curriculum and identify opportunities for incorporating your learning from SWI.
  • Identify 2-3 areas you want to develop in your teaching of Writing and Representing.
  • Reflect on the knowledge you have and the beliefs you hold

Resources:

EL Syllabus 2010(.pdf, 2.2 MB)

Alumni Action Plan

Focusing to Improve Practice

Guiding Questions:

  1. What do you think is the most critical shift that your teaching writing practice needs and why?
  2. What can you implement to make this change in small steps?
  3. How would you know if the implementation is successful?
  4. What challenges do you anticipate as a teacher?
  5. What challenges do you anticipate as a teacher leader?

Suggested Actions:

  • Identify the steps you will take to change your practice.
  • Plan for the implementation of change through taking small steps.
  • Plan milestone checks to chart your progress.

Resources:

EL Syllabus 2010(.pdf, 2.2 MB)

SWI Guide to Teaching Writing as a Process(.pptx, 345.77 KB)

Sustaining Success and Impacting Others

Guiding Questions:

  1. Which practices (e.g. keeping a writer’s notebook) are you going to present at EL Department meetings and with all teachers teaching EL? a. Why have you chosen those practices? Which existing platforms (Department Meetings, PLC)
  2. Can you leverage to share the learning garnered from SWI?
  3. To what extent are you inviting teacher involvement in applying the heuristics from SWI? a.Why have you chosen those heuristics?
  4. Which key information do you think is necessary to share with the EXCO?
  5. Which practices are you taking back into your classroom? a. Which lesson resources would you like to share with alumni? b. Why have you chosen those resources?
  6. When will you present at platforms outside your school (e.g. zonal and cluster levels)?

Suggested Actions:

  • Form a Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • Enact the work of the SIG.
  • Present observations and reflections from the work of the SIG.
  • Maintain a Writers’ Notebook/ Write with your students.
  • Participate in SWI continuity activities (e.g. Alumni Writing Marathon)
  • Share your writing (audience/feedback)

Resources:

SIG forms

Inquiry through Learning Circles(.docx, 39.31 KB)

SWI Starter Slides(.pptx, 345.77 KB) and Facilitation Plan(.docx, 23.05 KB)