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Science of Learning, Reading and Writing Masterclass 2 (PD442)


Join Tom Bennett, Lyn Stone and Chris Such in this unique learning, reading, and writing masterclass.

 Tom, Lyn, and Chris deliver two 75 minute talks each. 

In this online masterclass, you will be able to see all the videos from the live events, you will have all the handouts and you will also be able to participate in quizzes and forums relating to the material. 

Note: Prices are inclusive of 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) for all Australian residents.

Talks 1 & 2 Tom Bennett: Creating a classroom culture where everyone flourishes

Knowing how to manage classrooms is the fundamental skill for any teacher. When students don’t behave in a way that helps them to flourish, they can’t succeed, by any success indicator you can imagine:

  • academic results,
  • wellbeing,
  • mental health,
  • social mobility,
  • creativity etc.

It  is astonishing therefore that behaviour management is often so poorly delivered in teacher preparation.

Many teachers struggle with this aspect of their role. In Running the Room, Tom Bennett wrote a practical and authentic guide to what teachers need to do in order to optimise the behaviour of their students. It cuts right across the myths and dogma that have dominated education for decades.

In his sessions, Tom will cover:

  • The great myths of behaviour management, and why they exist and persist
  • The consequences of getting behaviour wrong
  • What do we mean by misbehaviour- and what does good behaviour actually look like?
  • The psychology of group dynamics
  • Student motivations- why do they act the way they do? What are the drivers, and how can we utilise them?
  • How teachers should be trained, in order for them to train their students to flourish.
  • The ten principles of the classroom 
  • Routines, norms and consequences, and how to build the culture of your classroom. 

Talks 3 & 4 Lyn Stone Syntax, morphology and writing

Once Tom has set the stage for routines, norms and consequences in the classroom, what then can we turn our attention to? For this series, I’ve chosen syntax, morphology and writing.

I’m overjoyed to see how popular these concepts are in education, since so much of my work is focused on these very things.

In this unique, two-part talk, I kick off with a model of syntax that shows how parts of speech interact with one another to form grammatical utterances. You may have seen this model in my other works, but together, using principles of explicit instruction, we’ll rebuild that model in your mind so that you can explain it to others.

Next, we take a linguist’s view of the true nature of morphemes, and using demonstration lessons, travel, step by step, through sequences of instruction in morphology for all stages.

Finally, we come to writing: difficult to develop and even harder to assess. I answer the following questions:

  • What are the key ingredients in writing proficiency?
  • How do you teach those and how do you measure whether you’ve succeeded?
  • What are the barriers to fluent, accurate writing and how do you overcome them?

Armed with this deeper and broader understanding of how the writing system works, prepare to dive into the wonderful Chris Such’s talks on reading, fluency and comprehension.

Christopher Such: Evidence-Informed Principles for Developing Reading Fluency and Comprehension

No subject in education has quite the wealth of evidence from research as reading development. And yet the key messages from this research rarely reach the classroom. This fact provided the impetus for the creation of The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading, a book authored by experienced primary school teacher and school leader, Chris Such. Across two sessions, Chris will guide course participants through the following aspects of reading fluency and comprehension:
+ Frameworks for understanding reading
+ English orthography and its relationship to reading
+ What reading fluency is and what evidence and experience suggest about how it can be developed
+ The elements of language comprehension that support reading comprehension, including vocabulary, background knowledge, text structure and sentence structure
+ The difference between comprehension strategies and comprehension skills
+ How to enhance whole-class reading through shared exploration of text and rich discussion

Participants will receive:

  • Session handouts
  • A certificate for 7.5 hours of elective professional learning 

Slides will not be available for sharing.

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Speaker details

Tom Bennett

“My aim is to deliver practical and evidence-informed training to schools, school leaders and classroom practitioners in order to maximise the impact of education. I believe in the Great Project of Education: to transform the lives of all children for the better, helping us to raise informed, wise students who are scholars, citizens and flourishing human beings, in a flourishing society.

All of my courses are designed with practice in mind. They have been built by serving and recently serving practitioners in the field with years of experience in running classrooms, schools, and implementing and delivering training.”

Lyn Stone

“I am a linguist in private practice, running a busy tutoring business as well as writing books and training courses on linguistics and literacy for educators. My goal is to help educators awaken linguistic curiosity in their students, so that deeper and broader understanding of the writing system can take place.

2022 is the year of syntax for me, as the second edition of Language for Life: Bringing linguistics to teaching will be released. You can rest assured my unique talks on grammar and syntax will feature heavily in everything I do this year!”

Christopher Such

I am a key stage one primary teacher and curriculum leader from Peterborough. I have worked in education for over fourteen years, teaching reading to children in every year group from reception to Year 6. Since 2019 he has contributed to the initial teacher training programme at Teach East, delivering courses on evidence-informed reading instruction and mathematics. He is currently a senior leader at Fulbridge Academy responsible for curriculum improvement and professional development.

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