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Handwriting Assessment and Intervention with Primary School-Aged Children

Despite the increasing use of digital devices, handwriting remains an essential skill. Developing good handwriting habits in the early...
Despite the increasing use of digital devices, handwriting remains an essential skill. Developing good handwriting habits in the early years establishes a foundation for a lifetime of effective written communication. Children who struggle with handwriting may feel frustrated, embarrassed,...
Despite the increasing use of digital devices, handwriting remains an essential skill. Developing good handwriting habits in the early years establishes a foundation for a lifetime of effective written communication. Children who struggle with handwriting may feel frustrated, embarrassed, and ashamed of their work, which can lead to a sense of failure and inadequacy. This can negatively impact a child's self-esteem, confidence, emotional well-being and overall social development. Children may adopt a strategy of resistance and avoidance when confronted with a task that they think will be difficult. That is often because they are aware of their problems and anxious not to expose themselves to failure. Efficient letter formation, spacing, size, alignment as well as adequate speed and establishing a functional pain-free pencil grasp, are all important components of effective handwriting development. Ingrained poor and inefficient habits and motor patterns are more challenging to unlearn the older the child gets. Early identification of difficulties and timely intervention are key to preventing issues from escalating and affecting other aspects of a child's academic progress. This 60 min presentation by Occupational Therapist Mel Micallef, will cover some common difficulties that children encounter when developing handwriting skills, and some intervention strategies that can be implemented in the classroom and at home.*** This session is part of our writing course "Think it, Say it, Write it! The Fundamentals of Written Expression". As we did not have permission from all speakers to include their presentations in the On-Demand library the course is not available as a complete bundle. ***
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Rethinking Whole Class Spelling Instruction

The ability to spell well is extremely important, both for writing and, perhaps less obviously, for reading. Much debate...
The ability to spell well is extremely important, both for writing and, perhaps less obviously, for reading. Much debate has revolved around whether spelling should be formally taught, and how it should be taught. This presentation by Dr Alison...
The ability to spell well is extremely important, both for writing and, perhaps less obviously, for reading. Much debate has revolved around whether spelling should be formally taught, and how it should be taught. This presentation by Dr Alison Madelaine (Senior Research Fellow), will address some of the problems with more traditional list-based spelling instruction and look at a more efficient, evidence-based and language-based method of teaching English spelling to primary school students.*** This session is part of our writing course "Think it, Say it, Write it! The Fundamentals of Written Expression". As we did not have permission from all speakers to include their presentations in the On-Demand library the course is not available as a complete bundle. ***
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Interweaving Text Structure – Teaching Types of Writing

This presentation by Literacy Intervention Specialist, Jacnita Conway, will explore the three types of writing taught at schools: narrative,...
This presentation by Literacy Intervention Specialist, Jacnita Conway, will explore the three types of writing taught at schools: narrative, informational and opinion writing and how these types of writing develop from the early years to secondary.*** This session is...
This presentation by Literacy Intervention Specialist, Jacnita Conway, will explore the three types of writing taught at schools: narrative, informational and opinion writing and how these types of writing develop from the early years to secondary.*** This session is part of our writing course "Think it, Say it, Write it! The Fundamentals of Written Expression". As we did not have permission from all speakers to include their presentations in the On-Demand library the course is not available as a complete bundle. ***
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Introduction to the Writing Rope

Speech Pathologist Laura Glisson, provides an introduction to Joan Sedita's Writing Rope (2019). She will discuss each strand of the...
Speech Pathologist Laura Glisson, provides an introduction to Joan Sedita's Writing Rope (2019). She will discuss each strand of the writing rope which is necessary for skilled writing. This session sets the scene for the more detailed presentations on each strand of...
Speech Pathologist Laura Glisson, provides an introduction to Joan Sedita's Writing Rope (2019). She will discuss each strand of the writing rope which is necessary for skilled writing. This session sets the scene for the more detailed presentations on each strand of the writing rope that is available as part of the wider writing course. 
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Syntax and Sentence Construction: A Narrative Approach

This webinar is presented by Jenny Baker, and will showcase the need to teach syntactic devices within a functional...
This webinar is presented by Jenny Baker, and will showcase the need to teach syntactic devices within a functional context. It will address how to:analyse whole class stories using “Sketch Engine”identify grammatical goals for Tier 1 and 2 lessonsuse...
This webinar is presented by Jenny Baker, and will showcase the need to teach syntactic devices within a functional context. It will address how to:analyse whole class stories using “Sketch Engine”identify grammatical goals for Tier 1 and 2 lessonsuse a whole-class writing programemploy and adapt a model textteach grammatical devicesdifferentiate instruction and expectations*** This session is part of our writing course "Think it, Say it, Write it! The Fundamentals of Written Expression". As we did not have permission from all speakers to include their presentations in the On-Demand library the course is not available as a complete bundle. ***
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Oral Language in the Early Years – What Works?

In this session, Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) will unpack the evidence around oral language instruction in the early years...
In this session, Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) will unpack the evidence around oral language instruction in the early years (Foundation to Year 2). With a particular focus on vocabulary development, storytelling and listening comprehension, Laura will bring a range...
In this session, Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) will unpack the evidence around oral language instruction in the early years (Foundation to Year 2). With a particular focus on vocabulary development, storytelling and listening comprehension, Laura will bring a range of practical strategies for immediate implementation in the classroom to support all learners, including those with language disorders.
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Syntax for Success with Dawn Grant-Skiba

In this webinar, Dawn Grant-Skiba will explore why syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases - matters in...
In this webinar, Dawn Grant-Skiba will explore why syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases - matters in high school. She will discuss practical ways of embedding theory into your teaching, such as how to identify issues with...
In this webinar, Dawn Grant-Skiba will explore why syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases - matters in high school. She will discuss practical ways of embedding theory into your teaching, such as how to identify issues with syntax in your students' work and give useful feedback, ways to inspire students to use the strategies, and what areas are most useful for focusing on in high school.
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RTI – Assessments for screening and monitoring literacy and numeracy

This 105 min session will cover assessments for screening and monitoring literacy and numeracy, the development and use of...
This 105 min session will cover assessments for screening and monitoring literacy and numeracy, the development and use of the WARs (Dr Robyn Wheldall and Dr Nicola Bell), Numeracy and Mathematics using the RTI Model (Dr Siobhan Merlo) Universal...
This 105 min session will cover assessments for screening and monitoring literacy and numeracy, the development and use of the WARs (Dr Robyn Wheldall and Dr Nicola Bell), Numeracy and Mathematics using the RTI Model (Dr Siobhan Merlo) Universal Screening with Dibels and setting SMART targets for students with learning difficulties (Julie Scali).
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RTI – Unlocking Effective Implementation by Katrina Stocker

In this 45 min session, Katrina Stocker discusses effective implementation of Response to Intervention and provides her insights and...
In this 45 min session, Katrina Stocker discusses effective implementation of Response to Intervention and provides her insights and strategies from a school’s perspective.
In this 45 min session, Katrina Stocker discusses effective implementation of Response to Intervention and provides her insights and strategies from a school’s perspective.
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Best Practice using an RTI (Response to Intervention) Framework

This course is split over 7 sessions of between 45 mins and 105 mins in length.Our keynote speaker, Dr...
This course is split over 7 sessions of between 45 mins and 105 mins in length.Our keynote speaker, Dr Anita Archer, will discuss explicit instruction in her presentation ‘The Magic is in the Instruction’.Julie Scali will present on the...
This course is split over 7 sessions of between 45 mins and 105 mins in length.Our keynote speaker, Dr Anita Archer, will discuss explicit instruction in her presentation ‘The Magic is in the Instruction’.Julie Scali will present on the Fundamentals of Response to Intervention.Karina Stocker will provide examples of how a school in Melbourne has successfully used MTSS models.Julie Sonnemann will present on ‘What the research says: How to embed small group tuition in schools?’Screening assessments and setting targets will be discussed with Dr Robyn Wheldall, Dr Nicola Bell, Dr Siobhan Merlo and Julie Scali).Emeritus Professor Louise Spear-Swerling will present on Identifying common types of reading difficulties.Alison Madelaine will present on designing Tier 3 interventions.
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Text Analysis & Essay writing with Jenny Baker

This session by Jenny Baker will provide participants with a framework for analysing written and visual texts. It will...
This session by Jenny Baker will provide participants with a framework for analysing written and visual texts. It will also showcase successful essay writing strategies that students can employ to organise their ideas and develop a written argument that...
This session by Jenny Baker will provide participants with a framework for analysing written and visual texts. It will also showcase successful essay writing strategies that students can employ to organise their ideas and develop a written argument that unpacks how quotations support techniques, how techniques develop themes and how themes position readers.By the end of the webinar, participants will be informed about:Text analysisIdentification of themes / values / attitudes / representations etcTechniques used for analysis (plot, language, characterisation, point of view & setting)Structure of the essay (general paragraph structure as well as sentence structure)Vocabulary for writing a successful essayParticipants will have the opportunity to analyse a text and work towards writing an exemplary essay toillustrate the processes of text analysis and essay writing.
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Literary Fiction Writing for Secondary School Students with Jenny Baker

This session will focus on enhancing the development of written language in high school aged students across two expository...
This session will focus on enhancing the development of written language in high school aged students across two expository genres – persuasive and interpretative.Participants will learn about the macrostructure of different text types, so they can teach students the...
This session will focus on enhancing the development of written language in high school aged students across two expository genres – persuasive and interpretative.Participants will learn about the macrostructure of different text types, so they can teach students the formulas for writing these text types.Introduction (LAM)Lead inAnswer the questionProvide a MenuBody Paragraphs (TEXR)Topic sentenceExplanationExampleRound offConclusion (AML)Answer the question,Provide a Menu,Lead outParticipants will also be introduced to the microstructures of each written genre.Within the two expository genres, the focus will be on a variety of language devices used to deliver imagery, power, specificity, emphasis, emotion and persuasion with the inclusion of:repetitionword choicerhetorical questionscall to actionpoint of viewfigurative languagepersonificationalliteration
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