The Columbia University Teachers College Readers and Writers Project (TCRWP) is a highly regarded approach to the teaching of reading and writing. Gifts to UWCSEA’s Annual Fund over the past three years have supported the continued integration of this specialised programme within UWCSEA’s curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
The teaching style of Workshop provides the freedom to explore different texts, writing styles and concepts; giving students a large amount of choice in the topic of writing. This immerses students in an environment where reading and writing becomes a natural way of expressing yourself and interacting with the world around you.
Implementation initially began in the Infant and Junior School in 2011. Since then, it has transformed reading and writing for our K1-G5 students. In 2014, Workshop was introduced to the Middle School.
Aside from funding staff professional development to support the successful implementation of Reading and Writing Workshop; this year Annual gifts also funded the creation of dedicated Middle School libraries in each of the Middle School English classrooms. These libraries ensure the right books are in the hands of students right when they need them.
“I feel like the classroom library is a really amazing feature to the class. It has a variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction and there's nothing better than to have a full range of books to choose from.” -- Rohan Kumar, Grade 6 student
“I think the class library is a really good way to access books faster and it’s a way for us to develop our reading skills without having to go all the way over to the bigger library. I also think it helps you because your peers and your teacher can give you recommendations straight from the classroom. I think it is more effective and has a much more positive impact on our learning.” -- Vedika Sanga, Grade 6 student
In 2014 an average Middle School student would read two to seven books in an academic year. That figure is now 40.