We can think of making a plan as something rigidly established in advance, with no scope for modification. Or… we can think of a plan as a proposal or intention that helps set our direction, but is open to revision and enhancement along the way.
When we also think of ourselves as designers of learning opportunities, we take on the role of,
“a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.”
(Charles Eames, American Mid-Century Designer)
Designing a clear plan for our Writing Workshop prepares the learning environment and our thinking for the needs of the young writers we work alongside. It can bring clarity to our teaching, connection to writer’s learning and intentionally build a sense of community. Join us to map out a possible year of writing - no matter what part of the year you are currently in!
This eCourse has been designed specifically for educators working in preschool or the Early Years of primary school. It will assume some background knowledge about Writing Workshop/Bookmaking.
In this eCourse, Lisa will:
- Introduce the benefits of framing learning within a Spotlight Study (Unit of Study).
- Lead you through a process for mapping out your Writing Workshop/Bookmaking intentions for the year.
- Share how she plans for a Spotlight Study that brings an inquiry stance into Writing Workshop/Bookmaking.
- Share a strategy to connect your planning to your Curriculum. (The models shared will be using the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The planning process can be applied to any curriculum framework.)
Commonly Asked Questions
I’ve never done an online course before – what is it like?
I personally talk you though a series of slides that you’ll follow at your own pace on the screen. You have control over how slowly or quickly you work through each Part. The downloadable Reflection Guide supports your thinking with key points from each Part. It will be a valuable resource to keep for your future planning.
How long does this eCourse take?
It is difficult to know this exactly, because everyone learns at their own pace and will take different amounts of time to journal and/or discuss with colleagues. However, a rough estimate is this eCourse will take approximately 4 hours. This includes time for you to engage in your own planning. It is not total screen time.
Do I need to do the Parts in order?
Yes. There are 3 Parts to this shorter eCourse. The Parts are designed to build on each other and need to be followed in order. However, you can always return to a previous Part if you want to review anything.
How long do I have to complete the eCourse?
Don’t worry if reports are due or your children get sick and you don’t get to complete all the Parts in a session or two. You will have six months to access all course materials, so you have the time to devote to your learning.
Do I get Professional Development credit for the hours of professional learning?
At the completion of the eCourse, a certificate of participation for 4 hours will be available to download.
How does it work if I want my Team to participate together?
We all know we learn so much more when we have the chance to talk about our thinking and listen to others’ ideas. This eCourse, in particular, lends itself to team planning.
To support your team to learn together, we offer a Team Discount for groups of 4 or more from the same site.
Email Melissa at email@example.com with the names of your team members and she will send you a discount code.
You qualify for the team discount if there is 4 or more participants from the same site/team.
But what if I don’t have a team to learn with?
Don’t worry! You will still get a lot from the eCourse if you need to learn on your own. One of the reasons I decided to use Thinkific as the hosting site for my eCourses is each eCourse has a Discussions capacity. So if you like to feel connected to some others who are learning through the eCourse at the same time as you, you can post ideas or questions in the Discussions and build some online connections. I check in on the Discussions from time to time also and aim to respond to any questions within 2-3 days.
What technology do I need?
All you need is a computer with speakers and access to a reliable internet service. The course modules have been thoroughly tested across multiple devices and browsers and are all functioning correctly, but occasionally some users run into issues. These are usually related to specific computers, internet browsers, internet connections or school security firewalls.
To avoid the frustration of being blocked by your site’s security firewall (which unfortunately we can't control), we recommend that prior to beginning the eCourse, you contact your school’s ICT/Network manager about removing any security block on the eCourse or Thinkific site.
We also find that GoogleChrome is a more reliable browser for the Thinkific platform so you might like to use this from the start.
How much does it cost?
Full access to the eCourse is AU$60 per person, including admin fees and GST (Australia). This works out to only AU$15 per hour for professional learning that you can do in your own time, at your own pace.
What do I get for this Registration Fee?
- Access to all course materials
- Reflection Guide for the eCourse
- Downloadable examples from Preschool and Primary
- Preschool and Primary templates for planning (also in Word format so you can modify them for your own Curriculum frameworks)
- A set of resources about Bookmaking/Writing Workshop
- Downloadable brochure about Bookmaking written for families - and permission to copy and distribute as much as you wish!
Lisa is an educator who sees herself as an ‘every-day researcher’, fascinated with childhood and learning. After a number of years teaching and leading primary schools in Australia, she consulted in and around New York for ten years. Her highly regarded consultancy business is now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Lisa’s interests include early childhood education and care, imbedding and contextualizing the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project within learning environments, play, literacy learning, inquiry learning and strengthening children’s connections to nature. She is passionate about pedagogies that see children as capable and competent learners who are skilled in researching life and making connections. Her favourite work is side-by-side with children and educators in their learning settings.
Lisa has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including REAIE Landscapes of Imagination Conference (Melbourne, 2016), International Reading Association Annual Convention (Chicago, 2006), Australian Literacy Educators Association Annual Conference (Darwin, 2006), National Staff Developers Association New York State Conference (Rochester, 2006) and National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Convention (Atlanta, 2006). Each year she is invited to present keynote addresses and facilitate workshops at regional and international conferences. Lisa writes a quarterly newsletter and is presently working on ideas for her second book.Her first book was published by Redleaf Press and is titled “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn”.