Workshops & Professional Development for Teachers
Margaret James (M.Ed; TESOL), together with cultural Elders, offers a range of hands-on professional development enrichment programmes for teachers of literacy, numeracy and English as an Additional Language/Dialect. These programmes are offered as either stand-alone modules or in support of the Honey Ant Readers. They are customised to the requirements of the teachers, the learning context and the educational context, with its associated challenges. They are backed Margaret’s years of experience in the field, and supported by academic research. We are always happy to work with teachers and their assistants in classrooms, and with community members and Elders in their communities.
Workshops are tailored to suit each location and are delivered in a variety of formats including one day, two day or half day programmes.
Some of the topics include:
- English in Context: We take an in-depth look at both the varieties of Aboriginal English and traditional Aboriginal languages spoken in different communities. We unpack the language-based challenges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners are likely to face at school, when acquiring literacy and numeracy. We identify strategies to address these challenges.
- Learning English: How do people learn English as an additional language? We look at the stages of second language acquisition for learners. We examine pedagogical approaches for the teaching of literacy, based on these stages. We discuss a scaffolded methodology drawing from language acquisition research. We include lots of hands-on, fun activities for teachers to use in their classrooms.
- The Honey Ant Methodology: What is the research basis for the literacy approach adopted in the Honey Ant Readers? We look at the theory and practice of the learning approach adopted and applied in the Honey Ant Readers and their supporting resources. In hands-on sessions, we unpack the overall approach adopted, the sequencing of the learning stages and the pedagogical foundations of the books and their additional resources. We leave teachers with a 'tool kit' of ideas about ways in which they might incorporate the resources into their teaching.
- Working with EAL/D Learners: How to help your Indigenous EAL/D learners in the classroom. Hands-on workshops covering ways to teach English to speakers of other languages, especially Indigenous learners. Participants will develop lesson plans, devise activities and create support materials.
- The Power of Song: How to use songs and rhymes to enrich and enliven your EAL/D teaching of all aspects of English – from sounds and pronunciation, through vocabulary to syntax. Participants will develop their own songs and rhymes, based on their own culture and context.
- Using the Honey Ant Readers: How to use your Honey Ant Readers resources in the classroom. From a brief look at the theories and rationale underpinning the books, we move directly into a series of interactive, fun, hands-on activities with lots of practical suggestions on how best to use the Honey Ant Readers resources.
Margaret James and the HAR team frequently present papers and interactive workshops to educators and academics both nationally and internationally.
- The Expanding Horizons Family Literacy forum Queensland State Library.: Expanding horizons in education
- QUT Faculty of Education graduation ceremony 2012: Being educators is all about addressing inequality, isn't it?
- Co-presented with Cath Pearn at the ACER Research Conference: Research-based literacy and numeracy resource for young Indigenous students.(P42)
- Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's learning: Intentional teaching Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority
- Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's learning: Community and connectedness: Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (For the complete QCAA project follow this link) (With Joanne Claybourne, Quandamooka Noonuccal woman and teacher)
Some of HAR's recent presentations in 2016:
- Australian Association for the Teaching of English & Australian Literacy Educators Association in Adelaide AATE/ALEA (Arrernte Elder, Benedict Stevens and Margaret James)
- Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) & Australian Adult Literacy Council (ACAL) in Perth (Margaret James)
- ACER’s Excellence in Professional Practice Conference (EPPC) in Melbourne. (Margaret co-presented a workshop with Tiwi College Deputy Principal, Ailsa Mcfee and co-presented a poster painted by Arrernte Elder Marjorie Williams.)
- The University of the 3rd Age U3A in Mullumbimby, NSW
- Cockburn Fremantle Public Schools Network in Fremantle, WA. (Arrernte Elder, Coralie Williams and Margaret)
Publish Your Stories
The HAR team can help your community develop your own series of books, based in your community, drawing on your culture and illustrating your stories – from planning to publication. You will have the choice of self-publishing your work or working with HAR to publish your resources.
This process is commenced with a 2 day consultation workshop where we explore the nature of the project. Please use the contact from below to enquire further.
Mentoring and Internships
Margaret and the team have worked with many aspiring professionals in the areas of publishing, writing, linguistics, teaching, graphic design, clerical work and marketing, just to name a few. We are always on the lookout for new members to join our team who are willing to learn and further their career. HAR provides an appropriate environment for Indigenous employment opportunities and welcomes all applications. Please email email@example.com for all enquiries and applications.
Arrernte Elder Coralie Williams delivers her first PD session in Perth, mentored by HARs.
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