Friday, 27 February 2009

St. Pius X School - Room 6 Creations

St Pius X School is a full Primary school made up of 156 students. In 2008 Room 6 (which is a Yr 7 & 8 class) has been part of the Manaiakalani cluster where we are using eLearning in our Literacy to make a difference in our Decile 1 students. In Room 6 we are focusing on the Writing aspect of Literacy.

We work with a Literacy Cycle which guides us through our writing process. It starts with investigating the genre and continues to evaluating and reflecting on our work.

In Room 6 we use our blog (Room 6 Creations
) as our hook for motivating the students. During 2008 we blogged our writing in various forms such as straight word processing of texts, Movies that had been adapted from the children's writing and basic Photostories that the students put together from their recount writing.

By using the blog as a hook we were able to enhance the students writing by looking at the aspect of Audience and Purpose. The students were able to see through the blog that people World-wide were interested in what they had to say and write. This encouraged the students to think about their audiene and write accordingly.

Before this hook was introduced the students were not aware of their audience or the purpose of the writing other than writing for the teacher. This improved in 2008 and will hopefully continue to progress in 2009.

In 2009 Room 6 Creations is continuing with the project and we are looking forward to seeing our writing continue to progress.

Sarah Gleeson
St Pius X School
Auckland

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