Current Workshops and Courses

Mini Courses & Workshops

Beyond a Label – Reimagining Learning Differences
Postponed until Term 1 2020 – date will be released soon.

Introduction to Book Making with 3-8 year olds
24 August 2019 | 9.30am
Register Now

Introduction to Book Making with 3-8 year olds
7 September 2019 | 9.30am
Register Now

Building Vocabulary – Beyond Glossaries & Definitions (with Misty Adoniou)
21 September 2019 | 9am
Register Now

SSOs Supporting Learning Workshop
12 November 2019 | 9am
Register Now

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.

Register Now!

 

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.

Register Now!

 

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.

Register Now!

Write to Teach Your Reader

This eCourse explores one of the purposes for writing: to teach your reader. Traditionally, we might have called these Information Reports. Too often this was presented in a way that limited how and what children wrote about. Their ideas needed to fit in the ‘recipe’ of a Report and often they were given the topic to write about.

Register Now!