We have to make it simple for young people enabling students to feel successful and to learn faster.Jen McVeity, program creator
Over 5,000 teachers a year are trained in the Seven Steps which has been shown to rapidly transform students’ writing and increase their engagement in class.
Recently, two teachers from Goulburn South Public School have learned these techniques and enjoyed a bit of fun and frivolity as they tried out some of the activities for themselves at a whole school training day.
The program has been designed by an author (and ex-teacher), the Seven Steps to Writing Success breaks writing down into seven simple techniques that can be taught in just twenty minutes a day.
Students at Goulburn South Public School will be able to do all this and more following the implementation of the Seven Steps to Writing Success program to the school.
“Writing is hard and complex work,” said program creator, Jen McVeity.
“We have to make it simple for young people enabling students to feel successful and to learn faster.”
“What’s more the program has been shown to raise national test scores (NAPLAN) by 10–30 percent in less than a term, making it one of the most successful writing programs in Australia.”
In just five minutes students have shown their new ability to write five sizzling starts to five different stories and script a furious fight between two people.
The students have also become able to brainstorm ten story ideas in groups.
The National Assessment program changes
Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
Planning has begun to move NAPLAN from a pen and paper assessment to an online assessment.
A fact sheet is available for parents and carers to help understand the transition process.
This will include a NAPLAN online school readiness test to be held between August 14 and September 22 this year.