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Provisionally Registered Teachers Workshops, 2019

In 2019, Tools 4 Teachers will again be offering our very successful series of literacy workshops specifically designed to support Beginning teachers or teachers new to the NZ schooling system. The venue for all workshops will be St Columba Centre, Vermont St, Ponsonby. Free parking is available onsite, at the rear of the building.

The programme will be as follows:

Workshop 1 Thursday 21st February: Setting up effective literacy programmes and oral language

·      Key components of an effective literacy programme.

·      Key resources/documents.

·      Where oral language fits in the curriculum.

·      Expectations for oral language proficiency.

 Workshop 2 Thursday 14th March: Guided reading

·      Essential components of a guided reading lesson.

·      Planning and teaching a guided reading lesson.

·      Suitable follow up tasks from guided reading.

 Workshop 3 Thursday 4th April: Teaching writing

·      Essential components of a writing lesson.

·      Organising a writing lesson.

·      The importance of modelling and different ways to model writing.

 Workshop 4 Thursday 9th May: Shared reading and Literacy Assessment

·      What is shared reading?

·      Key components of a shared reading lesson.

·      How to take and analyse a running record correctly.

 Workshop 5 Thursday 6th June: Supporting English Language Learners with literacy

·      Challenges for English language learners (ELLs) with learning to read and write and how to address these challenges.

·      Practical ways of scaffolding literacy for ELLs.


 The cost for each workshop is $80 + GST per teacher with a discount offered for teachers who enrol for all five workshops. The discounted rate for the five workshops is $370 + GST per teacher. Morning tea will be provided, however, teachers will need to bring their own lunch.

To enrol for these workshops, please follow the link here

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2:00 PM14:00

Mentor Teacher Workshop

Mentor Teachers - Are you needing some support with your role?

To be held at Cornwall Park School

If so, we are offering a chance to explore:

  • What makes an effective induction programme?

  • Building strong relationships with Beginning Teachers. 

  • Identifying priorities for PCTs

  • What records need to be kept?

  • Organising time effectively for you and your PCT.

  • Knowledge of the Code of Standards for the Teaching Profession

    If this sounds like something you are interested in please contact Andy Butler for more information or to enrol. andy@tools4teachers.co.nz

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9:00 AM09:00

Writers Workshop, Tuesday 19th March 2019

For many years, teaching to a specific genre each term has been how teachers have approached their writing programmes.  How can we adapt this so that children are engaged and motivated with their writing?  The Literacy Learning Progressions state that children “understand their purpose” for writing, and “have an awareness of their audience.”  What does this look like in the classroom?

Does the following sound familiar?

Ø  It’s hard to fit in the time for a quality writing programme

Ø  The children are not engaged and motivated to write

Ø  Maori and Pasifika are achieving well below

Ø  Boys won’t write

Ø  I’m trying to write about their personal experiences, but they don’t have any personal experiences to write about

Ø  How will they know what to write about if I don’t teach genre?

Ø  I don’t have the time to mark every piece of writing

Ø  The writing results are worse than the reading results

Ø  It’s just too hard to cater to all of the different abilities in my classroom

Ø  I haven’t learnt anything new with this PD.  It has been a waste of my time

Ø  What do I do with my ELLs?


Tools4teachers are holding a “Writers Workshops” session on Tuesday 19th March 2019, from 9am - 3pm. The day will cover the following:

Ø  Oral language – what are the opportunities that are being provided for oral rehearsal?

Ø  The use of mentor text

Ø  Effective strategies that generate ideas for writing

Ø  Purposeful tasks that engage and motivate writers

Ø  Understand that audience and purpose determine the way we structure a piece of writing

Ø  Authors Circles

Be prepared to do some of your own fabulous writing!

Please bring the following:

  • The Literacy Learning Progressions

  • Effective Literacy Practice

  • A school journal or book that you enjoy using with your class

The cost for each workshop is $225 + GST per teacher.  A light morning tea and lunch will be provided.

The location is St Columba, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.  There is free parking at the back of the building.

Click here to enrol online.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charlene@tools4teachers.co.nz

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9:00 AM09:00

Guided Reading Workshops Years 1 - 4, and Years 5 - 8, Monday 18th March 2019

Do you have staff members who are unsure of how a guided reading lesson should look / sound like in a junior or senior classroom?  Do you have PCTs, or teachers who are new to New Zealand in 2019, and who might need a refresher on how to run an effective guided reading lesson?

Guided reading lessons are at the heart of a successful literacy programme. Students need to learn how to use information to make sense of a range of texts, use processing and comprehension strategies with confidence and think critically about texts to become successful readers (New Zealand Curriculum, 2007). These workshops will look at the core components of a guided reading lesson. They will also include a focus on how to ensure that the framework for Literacy acquisition (Effective Literacy Practice, 2003) is incorporated into planning guided reading lessons, how the learning focus can be embedded through instructional practices and rich tasks to follow guided reading lessons.  New Zealand’s instructional series will be used, along with The Literacy Learning Progressions.

The junior, and senior workshops will cover:

o   Beliefs about the teaching of reading

o   Essential components of a guided reading lesson

o   Planning and teaching a guided reading lesson

o   Suitable follow up tasks and management

o   Time to plan and make resources

o   The senior workshop will also cover instructional shared reading

Teachers will need to bring the following to the junior workshop:

·      Effective Literacy Practice Years 1 – 4

·      The Literacy Learning Progressions

Teachers will need to bring the following to the senior workshop:

·      Effective Literacy Practice Years 5 – 8

·      The Literacy Learning Progressions

·      A school journal of their choice

The cost for each workshop is $225 + GST per teacher.  A light morning tea and lunch will be provided. Click here and enrol online.

The location is St Columba, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.  There is free parking at the back of the building.

Please contact Charlene on charlene@tools4teachers.co.nz if you have any questions about the above workshops.

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