Current Workshops and Courses

Year Long Professional Collaborative Inquiry

Early Childhood Inquiry Group – NEW!

Facilitated by Dannielle Gibson

We understand how challenging it is to navigate the competing messages about learning & teaching that are thrown at teachers almost every day.  We know how hard it is to change your pedagogy, even when you really want to! We understand the power of professional collaboration and support in building knowledge and confidence to advocate for the kind of early childhood pedagogy you believe in.

We will be a community of like-minded early childhood educators who will explore contemporary pedagogical practices and learning theory, but always with an eye to the application in YOUR context so you will feel empowered to act.

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Limestone Coast Writing Inquiry Group – NEW!

Join a small group of like-minded educators from kindergartens (prior-to-school) and primary school settings to deepen your understanding about the pedagogy of Bookmaking and Writing Workshop.

It is a forum for educators to support educators, sharing ideas and strategies, engaging in dialogue, often with a focus sparked by your interests and provocations provided by the team from Lisa Burman Consultants. We hope the group will include a range of educators who are working with children from 3-8 years of age, as this will enrich the dialogue.

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Early Years Writing Inquiry Group

Join a small group of like-minded educators from kindergartens (prior-to-school) and primary school settings to deepen your understandings about the pedagogy of Bookmaking and Writing Workshop. This Study Group is most suited to educators who have previously participated in our Introductory mini-courses and are seeking a community for support and fresh ideas. We hope the group will include a range of educators who are working with children from 3-8 years of age, as this will enrich our dialogue.

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Writer’s Notebook Inquiry Group

Join a small group of like-minded educators from primary school settings to deepen your understandings about the pedagogy of Writing Workshop and the use of Writer’s Notebooks. This Study Group is most suited to educators who have previously participated in our Introductory mini-courses and are seeking a community for support and fresh ideas.

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Mini Courses 

Introduction to bookmaking with 3-8 year olds

Facilitated by Marilyn Hayward and Katie Ashmead

This mini course has a focus on working with 3-8 year old writers in Kindergarten and Early Years of School.

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.

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Introduction to Writer’s Notebooks

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram

Being a writer is more than knowing how to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. Understanding how to craft effective writing to convey an intended message involves complex composing decisions alongside knowledge of language conventions. Strong writers think about their audience, the purpose for writing and select the most appropriate crafting techniques for their needs. They learn to think like a writer: collecting ideas for writing, thinking about word choice, sentence fluency, structure and how to bring authentic voice to their writing.

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Term 2 (registrations will open soon!)

  • Making & Tinkering – Playful Learning (Saturday)
  • Children as Researchers
  • Writing Masterclasses with Matt Glover & Alan Wright

Term 3

  • Beyond Reading Levels – NEW! (2 Saturdays)
  • Introduction to Bookmaking with 3-8 year olds
  • Illustrators Think Like Writers Too