Learning Intentions (goals):
To raise the level of achievement with our
reluctant writers who are below their cohort level.
Marie Highley and Lyndal Lowans
Name(s): Marie Highley Lyndal Lowans
Audience for proposal (people who need to know about our project):
Cluster Share – end of year Ulearn?
Rationale/Issue/Puzzle: The number of reluctant writers has increased
across year levels. As part of our working on integration across the
curriculum with ICT, it is an opportunity to see if we can engage these
Learning Intentions (goals):
To raise the level of achievement with our reluctant writers who are below
their cohort Level.
Timeframe: Terms 2 and 3 2010.
ACTION RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2010
Implementation (what we intend to do):
Explicitly plan for those students
Use the blog as a place to share.
Use Astle (Term one writing sample) as base line data, and another
writing sample in middle of Term 3
Reflect on process on our teacher blogs
Ethical considerations (any consents we require):
Initalled work on blog (check permissions for everything ie video)
Resources (help or support we might need):
Access to web2 tools, some release time to do data collection
Mimio and data projector
A small number of children had made little
progress in their writing .
They found it difficult to write sentences.
Had no idea of punctuation.
Weren’t interested, as they felt they couldn't do
Had poor motor skills
Usually had poor reading skills as well
1. Originally 5 students were targeted from Year 5 as reluctant writers and
1 from Year 6.
2. This was based on their writing sample and classroom observations.
3. One Year 5 and the Year 6 moved overseas. They are not included in
Student February Writing Sample
Male B 2p
Male J <2b
Male D (ESOL) 2b
have model in
their book and
highlight and write
on their model
Using Mimio as my modelling book
Lots of teacher input required at the planning
In The Basement
“Hi I am Tom I am 13 years old. I
have black hair, blue eyes and I am
“I am going Skydiving with my friend
Jack because it is my birthday.”
Today it is very cold .Jack is 10
years old he has brown hair, green
eyes and he isn’t very smart. We are
flying over the forest and we jump
and we are having a great time until
the wind picks up. We were
struggling to hold on and we crash
land in a clearing of a forest.
We walk around looking for
something. We spot a house in the
distance so we decided to check it
out. We walk up to the house and
knocked on the door ...
Male B: very keen and sent
plan from home via email
Female 2b 2b
Male B 2p 2p
Male J <2b 2p
Reasons for no
Female: Student is thought to have
processing problem with language.
Work throughout year extremely
variable and even with strong
teacher input, no changes to work
would be made.
Male B: OTJ would suggest 2A as
evidence by paragraphing and
increase in vocabulary.
Year 2 Writing samples graded against Astle
All at Level 1 B
Girl KR Boy DN Girl TH
Year 2----Talking and learning about narratives
using data projector
End of study samples
Girl KR Girl KF
Most students have made good progress
All have benefited in using the ICT tools in class
Less reluctance is now seen
Students more confident to write independently
They have consolidated their learning at the initial curriculum level
but need further input to reach their cohort level of expectation.
Motivation did not always transfer when put back on paper
Content and structure had improved but proof reading skills had not
Where there was no change, it was often related to other learning
difficulties or home situations that impacted on desire to learn and
The need for
lots of “talk” to prepare children
oral storytelling from pictures/picture dice/ internet sources
modelling “how to..”
set formats for support
word walls and resources
exciting ways to publish their work
an audience to share work with (blog)
Need more time for further research
As teachers we thought more about how we were going to teach
Year 2 – all the students needed the same structured modelling
Year 5/6 – a lack of computers caused jealousy, rub off effect on rest
of class in improvement of writing.
Storyboard template Writing modelling and