Let us introduce you to Walker learning through a Virtual Study Tour, followed by Introducing a Nature Pedagogy and Linking Literacy, Numeracy and Subject Areas to Investigations and Learning Environments.
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Please note - this PD takes place over 2 days - Wednesday 18th January and Friday 20th January from 10.30am to 4.30pm AEDT. Thursday 19th January does not require attendance for people who have booked this PD option.
Weds 18th Jan & Fri 20th Jan 2022
10.30am - 4.30pm AEDT
10.00am - 4.00pm SA
9.30am - 3.30pm QLD
9.00am - 3.00pm NT
7.30am - 1.30pm WA
Take a closer look at Walker Learning in action through our Virtual Study Tour with the second day focussing on enhancing literacy and numeracy connections through Investigations and Introducing a Nature Pedagogy.
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Day 1 (full day): Walker Learning Virtual Study Tour (Preschool to Year 2)
The Virtual Tour takes you to a school where you will observe students and teachers in action, demonstrating the Walker Learning Approach. You will observe: tuning in, reflection, the learning environment, focus children and reporter and photographer. Further professional learning by our consultant follows, including unpacking the core elements of the pedagogy and using a virtual showcase of the core elements from Walker Learning classrooms across Australia.
Day 3 AM: Linking Literacy, Numeracy, and Subject Areas to Investigations and Learning Environments
Join us online for this extension workshop-style PD which explores through the use of presentation slides, expert discussion and audience Q&A a range of practical strategies and ideas to assist teachers in providing additional and meaningful literacy and numeracy into the school day.
The session will focus on the variety of ways literacy, numeracy and subject areas can be strengthened and enhanced during Investigation time. We examine how literacy and numeracy links are made through planning, documentation and conversation, and how explicit instruction continues during formal teaching throughout the day.
In addition, we review the importance of creating open-ended learning spaces that nurture and inspire whilst facilitating learning and linking to the curriculum framework.
This is PD is suited to practitioners and leaders who have already commenced implementing the Walker Learning Approach and are using the Walker Learning Planning & Documentation.
Completing Linking Literacy, Numeracy, and Subject Areas to Investigations and Learning Environment will contribute 3 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 2.5.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Day 3 PM: Introducing a Nature Pedagogy - Curriculum Connections Outdoors
Research tells us that the outdoors provides the best environment to support children's wellbeing, development, and deeper learning. All of which matter more than ever to teachers and students. Build your children’s understanding of the importance of nature in their daily lives to contribute to more sustainable ways of living. Let us inspire you with nature learning opportunities in your context and see how a nature pedagogy addresses curriculum outcomes.
Using video footage, PowerPoint presentation, and expert commentary we will immerse you in the benefits of regularly teaching and learning syllabus content in a natural outdoor setting. Explore how learning outcomes and links to the curriculum can be met naturally as children fully engage in their learning and investigate in the outdoor environment. See how regular visits to the ever-changing outdoor environment provides a canvas for children’s learning, problem-solving, and creative expression. You will experience children learning holistically across the curriculum whilst demonstrating a deep respect for the natural environment and their place in it.
Hear from practicing teachers about the positive results the introduction of a nature pedagogy has created. Watch children and teachers authentically immersed in learning and how this provides opportunities for linking and connecting to formal learning and content. In addition, we will be joined by Jenn Reed, an Educational Landscape Designer who will bring ideas and inspiration for creating nature spaces within any setting - from rural locations to inner city playgrounds. Jenn also has a wealth of information on sourcing materials and writing grant proposals to fund turning your setting into a natural oasis.
Let us inspire you to incorporate your natural setting with a pedagogy that suits our times, our teaching practice, and our children.
Australian Professional Teaching Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.5, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3
Ideally suited for educators who are new to or early in their Walker Learning journey and working with children from 3 to 8 years.
The Walker Learning Pathway
The Walker Learning Approach is a journey and is best implemented through a pathway of PD modules which can be attended online or delivered as customised sessions to your school.