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Setting yourself up for Success: Teaching in the Middle Years

  • 15 Feb 2024
  • 3:30 PM
  • 16 May 2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online
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Setting Yourself up for Success - Webinar Series

Are you new to teaching and teaching students in aged 10-15? Are you looking for practical strategies to set your students up for success?

Adolescent Success is offering six targeted online professional learning opportunities to support you in your transition to teaching. The six topics have been identified as by graduate teachers as key areas where they would like more information and ideas.

The next webinar is on Thursday May 2 - Understanding and Supporting students who have experienced trauma with Jasmine Kelly

Each online session is facilitated by an experienced middle years educator and beginning teacher mentor. In each session, you will learn a little more about the theory behind the topic and walk away with practical strategies you can implement in your next lesson.

  • Online 3.30pm-5pm AEST
  • $50 per session members/$65 per session for non-members.

Session 1: Setting Yourself up for Success

Thursday 15th February

Looking for that bit more to help you feel confident and capable teaching in the middle years. This conversation will cover what is unique about students in the middle years and strategies for setting yourself and students up for a fruitful learning partnership. We will also discuss strategies for managing your workload and wellbeing.

Presenter: Deb EvansDeb has been a pivotal figure in Adolescent Success, serving as its President and contributing from its inception. With 16 years as a member, her work has shaped the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling. She's renowned for her dedication to middle years education and her leadership, including her role as Deputy Principal. Her focus is to understand and embody the qualities of an impactful educator in the middle years

Session 2: Behaviour Strategies for Middle Years Students

Thursday 29th February

Unpack strategies to add to your behaviour management tool kit. Adolescence is a time of great development and change for students. In this session you will explore the essentials of classroom management. We will take you through how to form positive relationships whilst maintaining an environment where all students can learn.

Presenter: Anj DillonAnj has qualifications in middle years teaching. She is an experienced Head of Science and has worked with beginning and early career teachers as a Capability Manager in the QLD Department of Education Teacher Learning Centre. She is currently the Head of Professional Practice at Benowa SHS.

Session 3: Engaging with Middle Years Students and Their Parents

Wednesday 27th March

A positive relationship between teacher, student and parent is vital for all students to thrive. In this session we will explore, with you, strategies for cultivating positive relationships with parents. From making phone calls to parent teacher interviews, we will help you feel confident to always engage with parents.

Presenter: Lisa RoperLisa Roper is the Head of Middle Years (Pastoral) at St Andrews Lutheran College. She is a wealth of knowledge and we are really excited to have her on board for this webinar series. 

Session 4: Understanding and supporting students who have experienced trauma - middle years

RESCHEDULED - to Thursday May 2nd

In this session you will explore the meaning of trauma and how it impacts the development and behaviour of young people. Trauma affects students in a variety of ways and can be another barrier to social and educational engagement. At the end of this session you will hopefully take away greater insights and improved strategies fostering a renewed sense of confidence in working with young people impacted by trauma.

Presenter: Jasmine Kelly - Jasmine is a registered psychologist and AHPRA Board approved supervisor with over a decade's experience in psychology services and education. Jasmine has developed a specialisation in youth and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, particularly in school settings. 

Session 5: Differentiated Instruction: Designing and Scaffolding for Success

NEW DATE TBA

Learning to differentiate for all your students takes time. In this session we will take you through practical differentiation strategies that you can employ in your class tomorrow. Strategies include:

  • Cooperative learning strategies
  • Scaffolding for all learners
  • Making adjustments to cater for the differing writing and thinking levels of students.
  • Designing tasks for extension and challenge – thinking skills framework

Presenter: Gerard AlfordGerard is an author and the Director of ITC Publications, established in 2002. He has over 20 years’ experience as a full time Secondary School teacher and leader. Gerard is the editor and co-author of the innovative teacher’s companion, which has sold over 750 000 copies worldwide. He is also the co-author of the best-selling innovative students’ companion and the beginning teachers’ companion.

Session 6: Neurodiversity in middle years students - how to support different brains in the learning environment

NEW DATE TBA

This session aims to improve your knowledge of neurodiversity and affirming practice, including common presentations such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You will learn how to problem solve a wide variety of needs in your classroom. Every brain is different and has different needs. Increasingly, Attention Deficit Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder are viewed as a difference, not a deficit, in functioning. Teaching a classroom of diverse learners is a challenging (and rewarding) experience. This session aims to be interesting, fun, and functional, with a focus on practical skills. You will walk away from this session feeling supported and with more resources in your teacher tool kit.

Presenter: Jasmine Kelly - Jasmine is a registered psychologist and AHPRA Board approved supervisor with over a decade's experience in psychology services and education. Jasmine has developed a specialisation in youth and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, particularly in school settings. 

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