Learning Opportunity

Good Practice in Writing Instruction: The Power of Quickwrites in the New ELAL 4-6 Curriculum

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Tannis Niziol Lana Lane
Date:January 16, 2024
Time:3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-PCW-565
Focus: Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Grades 4-6 ELAL Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Our budding writers  have lots to say, and are looking for ways  to do what real writers do. Real writers put pen to paper every day, look to other writers for inspiration and, from time to time,  share their writing with others. 

In this  session we will explore how establishing  Quickwrite routines might help to:

  • create  the conditions for real writing to happen in our classrooms 
  • develop the confidence young writers need for formal writing tasks. 
  • activate, construct, and extend understanding within and across subject areas

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 4. Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.


Tannis Niziol

Tannis is currently supporting Alberta teachers as a Professional Learning Facilitator with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. She recently served as a curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, in both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Tannis remains passionate about teaching and learning, and the need for explicit literacy... Read more »

Lana Lane

An Early Years Elementary School teacher by trade, Lana’s career began in Grade 1. Since that time, she has been a teacher of Pre-K to Grade 2, a tutor, a K-12 literacy support teacher. As a trained RRST (Reading Readiness Screening Tool) facilitator and Early Interventionist, the how of acquiring reading has been key in Lana’s professional development throughout her teaching career. Consulting independently, working as a learning facilitator for the Learning Network, and reading a plethora of books fills many of her days. In her spare time, she enjoys her role as a Family Youth Worker and tending to her acreage north of Lloydminster. She's a proud mom to an engineer, nurse, and aspiring teacher!