Current Workshops and Courses

Early Childhood Twilight Series

Early Childhood Twilight Series at IHM has been cancelled for 2018.

Mini Courses 

Introduction to Writer’s Notebook

Date: Saturday 4 August & Saturday 8 September

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram.

This mini-course will introduce the philosophy behind Writer’s Notebooks and Writing Workshop and put particular emphasis on establishing a writing community from the beginning of the school year. Participants will also learn some specific writing devices that are easy to teach and learn in order to improve the quality of writing.

This mini-course is most suited to educators working with young writers in Years 3-7.

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Playful Learning Through Tinkering

Date: Saturday 11 August

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram.

In this full-day workshop, Amanda Bartram will introduce you to tinkering as a means of engaging all learners in hands-on, investigative play, which has significant cognitive benefits and links to the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework. This workshop is suitable for educators of both early childhood and primary age children.

Includes hands-on tinkering and making so you will gain confidence leading this learning with your children.

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Writer’s Notebook … in Action

Date: Thursday 16 August

Facilitated by Lucia Hooper.

This is an opportunity to experience a successful Writing Workshop – not the only way to use a Writer’s Notebook, but one teacher’s interpretation and ‘take’ on this rich pedagogy. Lucia will share the ups and downs of her Workshop, what she has learnt since embracing this approach and what she has noticed about the young writers she teaches since introducing Writer’s Notebooks and Writing Workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to ask many questions and share your experiences in a small group of ten like-minded educators.

It is a pre-requisite to have participated in the Introduction to Writer’s Notebook Mini Course (facilitated by either Lisa Burman or Amanda Bartram). 

This day will be most suited to teachers working with young writers aged 10+ years.

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Inspiring Spaces for Early Years Learning

Date: Saturday 18 August

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram

The places in which children learn reflect the images we hold of ourselves and the children we work with. This workshop will explore ways in which you can build an environment which is welcoming, warm and rich in potential for positive learning experiences. Develop an understanding of the environment as ‘the third teacher’ in this twilight workshop.

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Introduction to Bookmaking with 3-8 year olds 

Date: Saturday 18 August & Saturday 15 September

Facilitated by Marilyn Hayward & Katie Ashmead.

A book-making approach not only sees children from this competent lens, it empowers children to see themselves as competent writers. The approach challenges pedagogical practices that see children as empty learners; who are needy because they know so little.

We have faciliated workshops about the Pedagogy of Bookmaking for over 7 years – throughout South Australia, in New South Wales and now in Canada! This rich pedagogy engages children in language and literacy, motivates them to become deeply involved in their learning and also excites educators when they see children learning to their potential.

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Inquiring Together – Children as Researchers

Date: Saturday 25 August & Saturday 8 September

Facilitated by Marilyn Hayward & Dannielle Gibson

Inquiry projects offer opportunities for all children to learn in ways that strengthen their learning dispositions, provide contexts for applying their language, social, numeracy and literacy skills. Learners express their ideas, wonderings and theories in multiple ways.

We will explore ways of using inquiry approaches as a vehicle for children to develop and deepen understandings of their world,

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Take an Inquiry Stance in Writing

Date: Thursday 30 August

Facilitated by Lisa Burman.

Lisa will lead you in your own inquiry, modelling how to facilitate and guide thinking and dialgoue about the decisions writers and illustrators bring to their work.  Learn how to bring this inquiry stance into your Writing Workshop and how to feel ‘safe’ not having everything pre-planned.

(Probably most suited to teachers in Primary Schools – Foundation to Year 7)

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Beyond a Reading Level

Date: Saturday 1 September & Saturday 22 September

Facilitated by Angela Kernahan.

Our role as early childhood educators is to ignite the love of reading in every child, but when we narrow our understanding of reading to only a Reading Level, children are given mixed messages about what it is to be a reader. We fail to support cildren to develop an identity as a reader, because they only identify as a level. Reading Levels can be helpful to the teacher, but aren’t all that helpful to the child’s growing reading identity and disposition to read.
Children begin to learn to read from birth and continue learning to read through their play. In this series, Angela Kernahan will lead to you notice and name what you see as children play and it’s connection to the reading process. It will help you to give greater value to the literacy in play and to also see symbolic play as the roots of literacy.

Playful Literacy – Story Tables & Small World Play

Date: Thursday 13 September

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram

Literacy begins with oral language and symbolic play. Explore the potential of picture books and small worlds to develop children’s language and literacy through play. Develop powerful teaching strategies to harness this potential and share ideas for building resources at your site.

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Introduction to Nature Play

Date: Saturday 10 November

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram

A strong connection to nature is imperative for all humans, and our natural world presents us with a myriad of possibilities for rich learning experiences. Join us in exploring ways to bring more nature into your learning space, and how to  take learning outdoors – making strong links between curriculum and the world around us.

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Learning with Loose Parts

Date: Thursday 22 November

Are you looking for a playful and engaging context for children to develop critical & creative thinking, strong learning dispositions, literacy AND numeracy? Loose Parts have inherent power for learning. During this twilight, you will be guided through a process you can use with your children – a way to introduce loose parts in a meaningful and connected way.

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eCourses

Playful Literacy

Children enter the world of literacy through their play. They bring with them a wealth of literacy understandings and competencies as they enter educational settings. Taking a playful pedagogical stance to literacy values and honours children’s prior learning, their dispositions for learning and holds a positive, competent view of the child. It enables children to use their natural ways of learning – playing, moving, talking, listening. observing, reading social cues, imagining and creating.

This eCourse explores symbolic play, oral language and mark-making as the roots of print-based literacy. Reading and writing depend on the conceptual understandings, knowledge and dispositions that are developed as children play. You can participate on your own or with a small team of colleagues.

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Spelling Investigations

The Spelling Investigations eCourse is the culmination of many years of reading, thinking, talking, experimenting, tweaking and experimenting again. It’s not ‘everything about spelling’ and it’s not perfect. (BTW – Nothing is perfect – time we all accepted that!) The eCourse seeks to offer some clarity over all the competing messages about spelling and draws on the inspiring work of educators and researchers such as Misty Adoniou, Tessa Daffern, Diane Snowball and Faye Bolton.

Spelling Investigations will give you a path into exploring spelling in ways that respect the learning potential of every child to research, make connections, see patterns and construct theories. This needs to start before the first Spelling Investigation, of course, when you mindfully create a culture of curiosity with the young writers you work with.

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The Power of Our Words

This short eCourse explores how educator language plays a critical role in communicating the importance of learning dispositions such as purposefulness, perseverance and flexible thinking. It will support you to reflect on how the words you use can create the conditions for children to build an identity as a strong learner.

Whilst the eCourse includes examples from early childhood education, the importance of this topic is not limited to working with young children. No matter what age group you teach, The Power of our Words will provide you with food for thought about the words you use every day.

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