PETAA launches new online course for teachers by Debra Myhill

We are thrilled to announce that the world-renowned writing instruction expert, Debra Myhill, is facilitating a new PETAA professional learning course online: Going Meta – enabling rich talk about writing.

It’s now open for self-paced study

‘I am so excited that Debra Myhill will be sharing her expertise with Australian educators on behalf of PETAA,’ said PETAA Professional Learning Manager Robyn Topp.

‘Classroom teachers will have the opportunity to directly learn from and seek guidance from an international educator who is dedicated to supporting writing teachers to develop a deep understanding of language, process, and pedagogy, and of the interface between them.’

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> About Debra Myhill

Debra Myhill is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, and Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. She is the Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, and in 2014, her research team was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council award for Outstanding Impact in Society.

Her research interests focus principally on aspects of language and literacy teaching, particularly linguistic and metalinguistic aspects of writing, and the composing processes involved in writing. This research is inter-disciplinary, drawing on psychological, socio-cultural and linguistic perspectives on writing. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, President of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction, and Vice-President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. In 2014, and again in 2021, she served on the Education sub-panel for the Research Excellence Framework (REF), assessing the quality of UK educational research.

She is the author/co-author of numerous articles and several books.

About the course

This comprehensive course investigates the concept of metalinguistic understanding, demonstrates how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices, and explores ways to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom.

Through 5 distinct modules, you will explore metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpack writing as a craft. Each module will pair evidence-based research with a writing activity, group discussions, quizzes and planning activities.

The course will reference quality literature by Australian and overseas authors, and – of course – there will be time for reflection and opportunities to draw together your key learnings, so that you can begin to apply your skills and insights in your classroom.

Completing this course comprises six hours of online professional learning addressing standards 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for teachers.

This course is suitable for all teachers years F-6. It is also ideally suited to whole school Professional Learning; the modules can be studied at staff meetings at times that suit your school. To find out more about this option email our Professional Learning team.

> How to register

You can register for the course online right here. It is open for study until Friday 4 June 2021. If you have more questions about Going Meta, we’d be happy to answer them! Call us on 1300 307 382 at any time between 8:30am – 4:30pm AEST, Monday to Friday.

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