Applying the 6+1 traits to writing assessment & data to improve teaching & learning

A hands-on and practical workshop for leaders, with a focus on how the 6+1 traits of writing can be incorporated into a curriculum-aligned scope and sequence that supports consistency in whole school assessment and practice.

The traits of writing are a powerful tool for assessing writing and developing a shared language and understanding of the skills and qualities of good writing.  Incorporating the traits into writing assessment will support genre-based writing instruction and provide teachers with clarity on what students need next in their learning.  

This workshop is for school leaders who are looking to:

Scriibi helps schools:

  • Develop a whole school common language and shared understanding of the qualities of good writing
  • Assess with consistency and accuracy, across a whole school, using a VIC curriculum aligned trait rubric
  • Use data to inform teaching and provide timely and specific feedback to students
  • Set individual and achievable writing goals that supports independence and self-reflection
  • Build teacher capability through our Professional Development Series and on-demand pedagogical support

Workshop Outline

PART 1 – How the Traits of Writing fit within a continuum of learning.

We will show you how the traits of writing can be underpinned by writing skills that form a developmental scope and sequence.  We will look at how this also supports teachers to develop instructional plans that meet curriculum requirements and the writing instructional model that your school uses.

PART 2 – Using a skills based assessment continuum to guide teaching and learning at students’ point of need (Hands on practical exercise).

We will give participants access to the Scriibi assessment tool to assess a piece of writing, identify growth opportunities from the data and generate learning goals at students’ point of need. Don’t worry, we will guide and support you through each step. 

PART 3 – How a common language and a skills-based continuum provides whole-school writing assessment data that is quantitative, reliable and reportable.

This will be demonstrated through a practical example of how a trait-skill framework can increase reliability and accuracy, which greatly reduces the need for moderation.

Part 4 – Teaching skills based mini-lessons, based on data, for better learning outcomes.

It’s what teachers do with data that has an impact on student learning. We will demonstrate how teachers can maximise learning growth through explicit teaching that targets students’ point of need and ensures they are working within their zone of proximal development.

Thursday Afternoon Session
Friday Morning Session (repeat of Thursday session)