Friday, May 29, 2015

Creative Writing with a Difference

This is a Sway I have created which has the information on a Creative Writing unit I did with my Year 10s. It included a range of technology to enhance the unit of work. Students spent 5 weeks of class time and their holiday time working on this unit. My aim was to give the students as much control as possible within the unit of work.

I had clear goals as far as what was being assessed  and the objectives of the writing unit. However, I  wanted to create an integrated unit of work that touched on all strands of the English Curriculum. It was also important that the technology used supported the unit of work and did not have a 'bells and whistles' ring to it. 

Another goal was to have students working together collaboratively throughout the 5 weeks. This was achieved through a variety of means including but not limited to:

  • Peer assessment
  • Sharing of ideas
  • Helping students with their writing and the technology
  • Students providing next steps in another students piece of work

A professional goal of mine this year is to have student reflect more deeply on their work and learning. I have incorporated more useful reflection over the course of the unit and I have included a comprehensive reflection at the end of the unit for students to work through.

Overall, I have been really pleased with what the students have achieved.

Thanks to Tom Adams our Elearning Integrator for all his help and support with this.