Workshops provide education communities the opportunity for collaborative learning, for challenge and for inspiration to engage in pedagogical change.
Effective Workshop Learning
Workshops most effectively facilitate professional learning when they:
- are planned with each specific context’s vision and goals in mind
- are interactive
- connect theory with learning and teaching practice
- support participants to reflect and apply learning to their own context
- provide pedagogical challenge alongside supporting strategies to embrace it
- inspire with stories from real learning and teaching contexts
- provide participants with time to talk and learn with each other
Context is Essential
Like all aspects of Professional Learning Projects, workshops are designed for the unique context of your educational setting. They are not “pre-packaged”. Conversations about your community’s context, vision and goals are held to inform the design of any workshop.
Examples of Workshops
Examples purely for illustrative purposes. Any workshop would be designed and tailored to your particular context and vision.
- Playful Pedagogies
Play is not just a time of the day but a way of engaging in learning. Takes the principles of play and interprets them for many areas of learning.
- Conversation in the Constructivist Classroom
The thread that connects learning and moves it from “doing activities” to “learning for understanding”.
- Pedagogy of Play
How young children use play as a research tool and how teachers can think deeply about the learning in play.
- Beyond the Spelling List (R-7)
Exploring the inquiry approach to spelling.
- “The Project Approach”
Introduction to inquiry based framework for planning and facilitating an emergent curriculum.
- Comprehension Strategies
Extending students’ critical thinking and metacognition when reading and listening.
- Constructivism:What does it really mean for the classroom?
Everyday implications for teaching and learning.
- Teaching the Craft of Writing (R-7)
Strategies for improving the quality of student writing.
- Drawing to Learn
Use drawing as a tool for thinking and representing understandings in the early years.
- The Untapped Potential of Everyday Materials
Use everyday found and natural materials to ignite curiosity, exploration and discovery with young learners.
- Bring Blocks Back!
An essential part of preschool learning, but where have they gone from Junior Primary? Explore the power of block construction in early learning.
- I Am a Writer!
Introduction to a “bookmaking” approach to writing in preschool and Early Years classes. Values drawing and oral languages as literacies and works from a view of children as competent.