Professional Development

Write Away With Me offers a range of Professional Development Workshops for teachers, carers, parents and professional who work in childrenā€™s services across Australia. It is possible to tailor the experience directly to your school, kindergarten or parent community by choosing the elements of the workshops that will work best for your time frame/budget.

Bringing Stories To Life: The Storytelling Experience

  • Why storytelling? Reflections on childhood today and the importance of storytelling for the next generation of children
  • Storytelling and its impact on child developmentĀ in particular the development of literacy skills
  • Building rituals and traditions through storytelling
  • The Storytelling Experience – exploring the theory of storytelling and the teaching implications of this

The Inside Story: Storytelling 101

  • What are the common elements and structures of narrative stories
  • Successful storytelling techniques
  • Developing your personal style as a storyteller
  • Building your resources and your bank of stories
  • How to bring all the elements together

Putting Stories To Work: Storytelling in Your Program

  • Storytelling for children with special needs
  • Storytelling activities to kickstart your literacy program
  • Storytelling projects to develop with children
  • Choosing stories to match your purpose
  • Writing personal stories for children as a powerful teaching tool
  • Using non fiction stories to inspire and teach children

Creativity Bootcamp for Primary Teachers: High Energy Writing Programs (Come prepared to workout!)

  • Creative writing and its importance for child development
  • Short stories 101 – common elements of narratives
  • Developing a high energy writing program for your students based on the essential elements of narratives
  • Tried and tested activities to inspire everyday writing opportunities in your classroom
  • This workshop can be open ended and cater for a range of student levels or be targeted to particular year levels
  • Building your resources

The Quest For Adventure

The Quest for Adventure is 10 week writing program I have developed, which teachers can use in their classroom. This program includes a copy of the teaching notes and resources as well as the opportunity to share ideas and experiences about the program in a password protected forum. It comes complete with resources and student handouts. In this workshop, teachers will participate in a range activities which will enable them to run the program successfully with their students. Activities will focus on:

  • developing settings, characters and interesting plots
  • the importance of oral storytelling as a pre- writing activity
  • individual conferencing for children
  • writing across the curriculum

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