Being an Effective Teacher of Writing, especially for Underachieving Students with Murray Gadd
A great professional learning opportunity for your whole staff to start the new school year.
During the day, Murray will lead an illustrated and research-based exploration of what teachers need to know, think about and do to be effective teachers of writing for Years 0-8 students, especially students who perceive themselves as struggling or reluctant writers.
He will also offer guidance on setting up a literacy programme and classroom for the new school year.
Joining the dots between Teaching & Learning Activities and School Design
Sandra Jenkins has partnered with Autens, a leading Danish education consultancy, specialising in developing and supporting a creative process that transform schools into meaningful future focused places for learning. Sandra will take you through a process that encourages learning to be purposeful, joyful, co-created and personalised, and that learning spaces should be a reflection of this.
Discover your Inner Creative…Why the Arts are Important
The arts are deeply embedded in the philosophy of education in our country. We stand on the shoulders of arts’ giants such as Elwyn Richardson, Jack Shallcrass and Ralph McAllister, who wove the arts into the expressive language of children. Over time, embedding the arts in language teaching, proved critical to children’s language development and contributed to our high rates of literacy in New Zealand. That mantle of excellence is being eroded. It is not a coincidence that the period of disincentive and disinvestment in the arts, reflects a reduction in our literacy achievement rates. We know the value of the arts and we have never needed permission to act on our beliefs. I ask you to join me in championing the arts anew. Discover the value arts for your school curriculum and build capability in your teachers to embrace them.
Discover your Inner Creative…Creativity in the Classroom/Drama
Creativity in the Classroom – Kahli Oliveira (Gladstone Primary)
This session aims to inspire and ignite your creativity in the classroom. Explore ways to put the ‘magic’ back into your daily classroom programme through different provocations.
Creative Drama- Tahi Mappborren
“Suspend disbelief, experience together, reveal the un-noticed, stretch the boundaries of what we think we know, pause to watch, transported.”
During this drama workshop you will be gently challenged as a group to access your own creative courage and offered tools to use in your facilitation of this for others.
This is an experiential based workshop so come prepared to get up off your chair.
Discover your Inner Creative…HANDS ON SCIENCE
Nothing brings more joy or higher levels of engagement than hands-on exploration of the world around us. In this session we’ll use practical examples with everyday items from home and school to find how through the nature of science lens we can allow students to come to their own long-term understanding of science concepts. In this way students curiosity is piqued, they become completely engaged in the task and the learning they take can easily be integrated across many curricula.
ORAL LANGUAGE & ENCOURAGING EARLY WRITERS IN THE NEW ENTRANT SETTING
This workshop will explore:
the importance of daily oral language opportunities, sensory experiences and play
effective ways of developing our children’s speaking, listening, thinking and questioning skills
how to develop literacy skills through an integrated, cross curricular, thematic and real- life approach: practical links between literacy and topic/inquiry/science, literacy and maths, literacy and the arts (role play, movement, visual arts)
Discover your Inner Creative…LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Learning through play- Daisy McGregor & Abbi Cardno (Target Road School)
Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai, welcome to the wonderous world of learning through play! Let me take you on a journey of how Target Road School, our Kāhui Ako and many kura all over the country are bringing back the joy and re-igniting the flames in the bellies of junior teachers.
Kō te ahurei o te tamaiti aroha o tātao mahi. Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
Discover your Inner Creative…STEM /MAKERSPACES
STEAM Unleashed (Chris Clay)
In today’s exponentially accelerating knowledge age, teachers recognise the need to create practices that help students develop their own ideas as well as learn about the ideas of others. Whilst this is important across the curriculum it is vital in STEM subjects. STEM Unleashed empowers teachers to transform their classrooms into innovative incubators of awesomeness. You will learn to design challenges that help students build knowledge collaboratively; in the same way as scientists and open source technologists.
MAKERSPACES (Mark Osborne)
Whether you’re setting up a makerspace in your school or a maker corner in your classroom, this workshop will give you a set of guiding principles and practical tools to help you on your way. From designing powerful learning experiences to managing hands-on activities with students, we’ll look at both the theoretical and the practical, exploring a wide range of emerging technologies and ways to use them to create powerful learning.
Discover your Inner Creative…MUSIC
Jellybeans Music – Margaret White
Music is the accepted universal way of expression in all stages of our lives. Music is ever present in our everyday lives at all ages and for all cultures. It represents an enjoyable activity with its influence going beyond simple enjoyment. We listen to music, sing, play and compose music throughout our lives allowing us to express personal feelings and brings many positive effects to people around us.
Many benefits of music have been recognized in recent times. Research in music sciences have identified several dimensions of human life (cognitive, psychological, social and emotional) which seem to be positively affected by music.