Current Workshops and Courses

Early Childhood Twilight Series

For educators working with children aged 3-8 years

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm

Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Brompton

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Mini Courses 

Inquiring Together – Children as Researchers Mini-Course

Facilitated by Dannielle Gibson & Marilyn Hayward

Dates: Saturday 24 March & Saturday 7 April

What does it mean to research with children? How can we make our curriculum exciting and engaging for young learners and still meet the expectations of the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum?

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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Introduction to Writer’s Notebook Mini-Course

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram

Dates: Saturday 12 May & Saturday 26 May

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.

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Taking an Inquiry Stance in Writing Workshop

Facilitated by Lisa Burman

Date: Friday 18 May

Lisa Burman 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.

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Introduction to Bookmaking with 3-8 year olds

Facilitated by Marilyn Hayward & Katie Ashmead

Dates: Saturday 26 May & Saturday 30 June 2018

Early Childhood Educators understand that young children bring with them a wealth of literacy understandings and competencies as they begin Kindergarten and Reception. The Book-making approach to literacy values and honours children’s prior learning, their cultural competence and their dispositions for learning. It uses these to drive learning deeper and to create a culture of thinking, talking and noticing about books. It values the intellectual quality of mark-making as an essential component of being a writer.

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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Digging Deeper into the Pedagogy of Bookmaking with Matt Glover

Date: Friday 22 June

Although this Masterclass is aimed towards working with our younger writers, if you’re teaching Middle and Upper Primary, there will be plenty of gems for you to take away too.

This special Masterclass is the perfect extension to our Introduction to Bookmaking Mini Courses and will be designed specifically to build on Matt’s Empowering Young Writers Day in 2017. Matt will lead us to deepen our reflections, build stronger understandings and to enrich our pedagogy with his insight and experience working side by side with young writers.

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Empowering Young Readers with Matt Glover

Date: Saturday 23 June

Matt’s philosophy mirrors ours. He sees children from a strength-view, as powerful learners and already literate in so many ways when they begin preschool or school. We believe that learning to read begins with building a strong identity as a reader and Matt’s workshop will share how a strong connection with picture books enables this.

This workshop will be most suited for those working with 3-6 year olds, but will be of great interest to all educators who are passionate about joyful reading experiences taking priority in our teaching – that is, priority over the culture of ‘video-game reading’ which results only in a race to a “higher level”.

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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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