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Launching Spelling Through Reading and Writing presented by Robyn Wild

While most Kindergarten teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own texts.

6 October to 6 November 2020

Launching Spelling Through Reading and Writing, banner with author photo linked to booking page

Robyn Wild, literacy consultant and author, offers practical suggestions for using rich reading and writing experiences to support spelling development and confidence in Early Stage 1.


Please note that whilst all PETAA face to face Professional Learning has been suspended over the past few months, the gradual return to face-to-face learning will occur under strict COVID safe guidelines as explained in PETAA’s COVID Safe Policy (.pdf 177 kB) with advice for attendees and host venues. You can also find resources for schools and parents with students in self isolation or quarantine on our Online Teaching Support page.

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ONLINE: A text based approach to teaching phonics
For early career teachers working with early years students, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners. PRESENTED by Dr LEONIE ARTHUR and Dr MARGERY HERTZBERG, this practical workshop will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It will demonstrate strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in a meaningful... Details
When: September 1 – October 6, 2020
Joint Construction: From model text to writing (imaginative)
ONLINE COURSE Joint Construction: From model text to writing (imaginative texts) Presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE This online course is for teachers seeking a deeper understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of imaginative texts. Participants will examine examples of quality literature to consider choice of modelled texts and to learn how and when to focus on particular features. This knowledge will then be applied to jointly constructing texts.... Details
When: September 7 – October 12, 2020
Teaching Grammar with Rich Literature
ONLINE COURSE Presented by Jennifer Asha This workshop will focus on some basic skills in functional grammar and how to teach it in the context of quality texts and dialogic pedagogy. The delivery of the course has an emphasis on the application of grammar knowledge to classroom activities and classroom talk. It aims to focus on teacher modelling of metalanguage, helping teachers to adjust adult knowledge of grammatical terms and definitions to classroom appropriate metalanguage use... Details
When: September 7 – October 6, 2020
LIVE WEBINAR with Dr Anita Collins
FREE for members only- The Music Advantage: English and Literacy. An award-winning music teacher and researcher in brain development and music learning, Anita  wrote one of the most-watched TED Education films ever made and appeared on the ABC TV series, Don't Stop the Music. Anita is music teacher and conductor at Canberra Grammar School, and Associate Fellow of Music, Mind and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne. We’ll talk about how music benefits a child’s brain and... Details
When: September 22, 2020
Launching Spelling Through Reading and Writing
An ONLINE course for teachers of students F–3, presented and moderated by Robyn Wild. While most Kindergarten teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they... Details
When: October 6 – November 6, 2020
The craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor
An ONLINE workshop presented by Dr Lorraine McDonald, this workshop demonstrates how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing purposes.  Participants will apply explicit language/grammatical knowledge to closely observe how readers are engaged, how the texts are cohesive and how writers introduce the topic/orientation. With support, students can develop knowledge... Details
When: October 12 – November 13, 2020
Where: ONLINE
Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
An ONLINE course presented by Dr ROD CAMPBELL Teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective. This very interactive and practical session will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The workshop is planned so that teachers in all grades from Prep to Year 6 (and higher) will have information for at least five classroom lessons on teaching ... Details
When: October 12 – November 13, 2020
Joint Construction: From model text to writing (informative)
ONLINE COURSE- Joint Construction: From model text to writing (informative texts) presented and moderated by Joanne Rossbridge. This course is designed to develop knowledge and metalanguage to explore how to support students in the joint construction of informative texts. Choice of model texts will be considered by looking at examples from subject areas such as History, Science and Geography. Teachers will be provided with ways to read model texts in order to identify a focus on... Details
When: October 19 – November 9, 2020
ONLINE: A text based approach to teaching phonics
For early career teachers working with early years students, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners. PRESENTED by Dr LEONIE ARTHUR and Dr MARGERY HERTZBERG This practical workshop will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It will demonstrate strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in a meaningful... Details
When: October 19 – November 13, 2020
LIVE WEBINAR with Peter O'Brien
FREE for members only. Bush School: an extraordinary teacher's life, with Peter O'Brien.  In 1960, at only 20 years old, Peter started work as the only teacher at a bush school in Weabonga, two days' travel by train and mail car from Armidale. With few resources, Peter became responsible for the education of 18 students – from ages 5 to 15. Now in his 80s, Peter  is a former teacher and academic who was instrumental in starting up ANTaR, to promote harmony between Aboriginal and... Details
When: October 21, 2020
READING TO WRITE — PETAA 2020 CONFERENCE
Do you ever get the time to stop and think about the relationship between reading and writing (and talking and listening) in your classroom? Have you closely examined the role reading plays in learning to write? Are you looking to lift student performance in writing? Could you do more to integrate reading into the teaching of writing? Learning to write requires gaining control of language at the levels of text, paragraph, sentence and word. It involves knowledge about genre, text... Details
When: November 6–7, 2020
Where: ULTIMO, NSW
READING TO WRITE — PETAA 2020 ONLINE TAILORED CONFERENCE
Tailored Reading to Write - PETAA 2020 Conference ONLINE: WHOLE SCHOOL OPTION.

When: November 6–7, 2020
Joint Construction: From model text to writing (persuasive)
An ONLINE course presented and moderated by Joanne Rossbridge. This course is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of persuasive texts. Discussion of text choices will focus particularly on audience consideration and the combining of ideas. Oral language strategies will be shared to show how to shift from oral to more written like language at the point of planning for joint construction. Strategies such as ... Details
When: November 16 – December 14, 2020
Advanced Sentence Grammar and Cohesion
An ONLINE presented by Dr Rod Campbell Teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective. This second interactive and practical session will give teachers more strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The workshop is planned so that teachers in all grades from Prep to Year 6 (and higher) will have information for at least five classroom lessons on teaching ... Details
When: November 19 – December 13, 2020
2021   Grammar and Teaching : A twelve week program
This long running and highly respected course is presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE and Dr KATHY RUSHTON. As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and... Details
When: February 16 – May 18, 2021
Where: Woolooware, NSW