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Teacher Hub: How to make the most of the Writing Courses

This article will guide you on how to make Teacher Hub incredibly practical so you can go from learning the theory to rolling out the Steps in your classroom with ease.

If you’re learning the Seven Steps for the first time, the best place to start is with Step 2: Sizzling Starts. If you’re teaching another Step, don’t worry this process works with any Step and any text type.

Build your own customised implementation plan for each Step using the Writing Courses and Classroom Planner.

Go to Narrative Writing Course > Select Step 2: Sizzling Starts module

Watch the six-minute video under the Learn tab.
Love it? Mark it as a favourite by giving it a star in the top right-hand corner of the resource tile.
Want to show it to your students? Select ‘Add to planner’ and begin to create your first lesson plan.

Click on ‘Mark as complete’ at the end of the Learn tab to track your progress and move to the Teach tab.

Introduce Step 2: Sizzling Starts to your students

On the Teach tab you’ll find a number of hand-picked resources designed to help you introduce the techniques to your students such as Narrative Fast Starts PowerPoint and Off to a Good Start Lesson Plan.

Explore the resources on your own or with your team and then add the ones you love to your planner. We recommend spending about a week introducing the key concepts then click on ‘Mark as complete’ to move on.

Practise, practise, practise!

One of the key principles behind the Seven Steps is that repetition builds muscle memory. Give students plenty of opportunities to practice the skills by applying them in their own writing.

On the Apply tab you will find sets of Action Activities for different year levels and a Writing Challenge to stretch your more able students. Select your favourites and add them to your Classroom Planner. You’ve just got another week’s worth of writing activities!

Gauging students progress

At the end of the two weeks, go to the Assess tab and add the Self Assessment resource to your planner. Use this resource to gauge whether students are ready to move onto another Step or if there are techniques that you need to revisit. How did they go? Have your students mastered Step 2?

Adapt and reuse

You can use the same activities again to revisit or revise the techniques, just change the exemplars or prompts. Check out our lists of exemplars for suggestions.

Ready to give it a go?

Log into Teacher Hub and head to the Narrative Writing Course