DSSS be­gins school the write way

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

STUDENTS at Dalby South have hit the ground writ­ing, not run­ning, for the start of the new school year.

In 2017, the school will con­tinue its fo­cus on the ar­eas of read­ing and writ­ing, with the goal of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment across the school.

With students dis­play­ing im­proved en­thu­si­asm and higher stan­dard­ised test scores, staff at DSS at­trib­uted the suc­cess to their three year de­vel­op­men­tal process guided by world renowned lit­er­acy con­sul­tant Ann Korab.

“Ann is from Victoria, and has spent quite an amount of time in schools in New York and has brought back the best and most re­cent re­search prac­tises,” deputy prin­ci­pal Kate Payn­ter said.

“We have brought her in as an ex­ter­nal con­sul­tant, and she also comes once a term, and we have var­i­ous ways of de­vel­op­ing teach­ers’ skills.

“We con­sider it to be the best and most cur­rent in terms of re­search prac­tise and we are re­ally start­ing to see re­sults.

“Through stan­dard­ised test­ing we’ve seen that read­ing lev­els have im­proved right across the board.

“The qual­ity of the writ­ing as well... it’s much richer and more ex­cit­ing and more in­ter­est­ing.”

In an ef­fort to cre­ate a suit­able read­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all students, each class­rooms has a class li­brary, com­plete with in­di­vid­ual stu­dent book boxes con­tain­ing a range of texts cho­sen by both the stu­dent and teacher.

“We go through the process de­ter­min­ing if the book is right for them or their level of read­ing and whether it will ex­tend their skills,” Ms Payn­ter said.

“The kids are en­joy­ing read­ing and writ­ing more too, they’re in­stantly en­gaged and have more ideas, and they’re re­ally proud of what they’re pro­duc­ing.”

We’ve seen that read­ing lev­els have im­proved across the board. The qual­ity of the writ­ing as well...it’s much richer and more ex­cit­ing. — Kate Payn­ter


HIT­TING THE GROUND WRIT­ING: Pa­trick Pharaoh and Cooper Tate at Dalby South State School.

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