New York Times, When Did Poetry Speak to Us? When We Were Very Young
Great to see that the Australia Post Australian Legends Award is honouring children authors who are leaders in their field of endeavour, having dedicated their adult lives to their chosen pursuit, shaping Australian society and culture in the process. Read all about these wonderful children authors.
Huffington Post - Reasons Why Writing Remains a Critical Skill for Success
The Conversation, 21st Nov 2018 - Where has the joy of writing gone and how do we get it back for our children?
NAPLAN 2018 - The NAPLAN results are in. Here's what you need to know. “Nationally, writing scores dipped to the lowest level recorded since the national tests were introduced a decade ago. On average, more than one in five year 9 students is not meeting the minimum standard for writing”. National education reporter Natasha Robinson ABC News, 28th August, 2018.
Principal Barrie Speight said: “we picked these programs because we knew they were highly effective.” We’ve “implemented drama programs and a strong emphasis on creative writing over the past two years, trying to make it fun with weekly sessions in which children are inspired to work on their writing projects”. (Pia Akerman August 2, 2017 The Australian – Schools Hit by Writing Skills Slump)
“What teachers and children have told us is that they need more time to practise writing texts. Our observations and discussions with teachers and children suggest that the current crowded curriculum and the way schools now expect to use a range of bought systems, tools, kits and programs to teach the various syllabuses, is providing less time for children to actually write and produce texts. We believe this has significant implications for how well children write texts.” (August,21,2017, EduResearchMatters AA for Research in Education.)
“Recent evidence reports declining growth in literacy achievement across the middle years.” The declining growth in writing, Wyatt-Smith and Jackson (2016) report an ‘accelerating negative change’ based on NAPLAN writing data, revealing that growing numbers of students are achieving below the national minimum standard in writing.” (D. Clary, University New England NSW and S Daintith, Association of Independ Schools NSW: Raising the bar: Setting an agenda for writing improvement in the middle years, Volume 25,no.2, June 2017 – Litearcy Learning, The Middle Years-Peer reviewed paper)
“Preliminary results released on Wednesday showed an overall decline in writing skills”. (https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/08/02/naplan-school-test-results/) NAPLAN results slip, but ‘teachers concentrate on the write stuff’ 9:31pm, Aug 2, 2017)