This module details Responsive Written Feedback, a well-researched and effective writing strategy. Four writing structures have also been included in this module (Structured Brainstorming, Report Writing, Recount Writing and Procedure Writing) as a means of promoting greater confidence and writing fluency.

When teachers create responsive contexts for writing, these strategies or smart tools can be used within the principles of culturally responsive and relational pedagogies.

Responsive Written Feedback has proven effective in accelerating the writing of students who might otherwise have found writing a real challenge. This strategy has also been used as a means of connecting schools with their Māori communities.

As a koha, Responsive Written Feedback could begin the process of building collaborative relationships with Māori whānau, hapū and iwi when it is used in conjunction with the Connecting with Māori Communities module.

An example of how Responsive Written Feedback and Structured Brainstorming were used by a school in collaboration with their Māori community is detailed in Chapter 7 (Creating educationally powerful connections with family, whānau and communities) of the School Leadership BES (Robinson, Hohepa & Lloyd, 2009. p.144).

These strategies were used to develop the quantity and quality of students’ writing and produced some of the highest effect sizes reported in this best evidence synthesis.

Some of this research was in the context of supporting fluent Māori speaking students to transition to English medium classrooms at Year 9 (Berryman, 2001).

As well as Structured Brainstorming, structures for Report Writing, Recount Writing, and Procedure Writing are detailed in the third section of this module. These writing structures can be used across the curriculum and across a range of different writing genre. A section on transitioning students from Māori medium education into English medium education has also been included.

This module begins by connecting with related principles from the Ka Hikitia strategy. It then contains the theoretical basis that underpins of these writing strategies, key messages from research and some implementation guidelines. There are also three video clips to support understanding and implementation.