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Course Description

The crème-de-la crème of English lessons

All these strategies have been trialled in a wide range of classes – from the best to the worst.  All are matched to the appropriate curriculum standards 

  • Great ways to make the basics memorable

  • Sure-fire writing tasks that will have students producing their best-ever pieces.

  • Multi-level lessons that engage all learners

  • Strategies to make poetry teaching a breeze

  • Extension activities that really stretch

  • Visual approaches that make learning stick

  • Oral work that makes learning fun and challenging

  • Using Drama to enhance learning and increase motivation

  • Engaging with the real world to ensure quality

  • ICT based lessons that are really worthwhile


English teachers of Years 5 - 10. Any teachers wanting to increase the breadth of their skills or who are looking to refresh their pedagogy

Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students: Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning 

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities: Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Aims and Objectives

    • National Professional Standards for Teachers at Proficient Level

    • Welcome to the Course

  • 2

    Module 2 - Inspiring High Quality Writing

    • Inspiring High Quality Writing

    • Best Ever Writing

    • Engage all the Intelligences

    • Activity - Using ALL Intelligences and Preferences to Stimulate ALL Students

    • Liberate the Unconscious

    • Activity - Liberate the Unconscious

    • Reflection Question - Liberate the Unconscious

    • Real World Models - Journalism

    • Activity - Real World Models - Journalism

    • Reflection Question - Real World Models

    • Make the Basics Stick

    • Activity - Making the Basics Stick

    • Reflection Question - Making the Basics Stick

    • Task: Reflection on Inspiring High Quality Writing

  • 3

    Module 3 - Creating Environments, Visuals and Action that enhance Learning

    • Make it Relevant to the Real World

    • Make it Relevant to the Real World - Motivate the Worst Writers

    • Activities to Motivate the Worst Writers

    • TED Talk or Podcast on a Real Issue

    • Writing that Makes a Real Difference - Solve Real Problems

    • Fish Diagram and Force Field

    • Activities - Writing that makes a Difference - Solve Real Problems

    • Reflection Questions - Relevance to the Real World

    • The Big Picture - Brain Facts

    • The Big Picture - Classroom Strategies

    • Activities - The Big Picture - Brain Facts and Classroom Strategies

    • Reflection Question - Brain Facts

    • Poetry Teaching Strategies

    • Rhetorical Devices - Poetry by Stealth

    • Activity - Rhetorical Devices

    • Candle Lit Reading - Tasting Poetry

    • Activity - Tasting Poetry

    • Poetry Detective - Solving the Puzzle

    • Activity - Poetry Detective

    • Poetry Slam - Enjoying Poetry

    • Activity - Poetry Slam

    • Poetry - Good Writing

    • Reflection Question - Poetry

  • 4

    Module 4 - Outside the Box

    • Inspiring Ideas for Text Teaching

    • Chunking a Text by Function

    • Relationship Diagrams clarify Memory

    • Sophisticated Paragraphs

    • Colour Coding Criteria

    • Activity - Inspiring Ideas for Text Teaching

    • Reflection Questions

    • Drama to enhance Learning and to Motivate

    • Activity - Drama to Enhance Learning and to Motivate

    • The Best ICT based Lessons

    • The Best ICT based Lessons

    • Activity - The Best ICT Based Lessons

    • Activity - Extension Activities that really Stretch

    • Extension Activities that Really Stretch

    • Reflection Question - Think Tank Race

    • Activity - Student run Total Immersion Lesson

    • Structured Student-Directed Learning Environments

    • Great Resources for Persuasive Writing and Speaking

    • Activity - Debating the Best Way to Teach Argument

    • Activity - Great Resources for Persuasive Writing

    • Task: Reflection on Out of the Box Teaching

  • 5

    Module 5 - Conclusion

    • Conclusion

    • Task: Reflection

  • 6

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Inspiring Strategies to Revitalise Junior English will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2; 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.

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